Talking Heads: Talking Health Sessions


In a bid to provide further support to our members during the pandemic, we have launched a new series of Talking Heads: Talking Health sessions.

Every month, we’ll be hosting an interactive talk with a senior health leader. Sessions provide the opportunity to hear from leaders from different backgrounds and disciplines about their first-hand experience leading during the pandemic. Sessions are 45 minutes long with a 20 minute talk, followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Sessions are free and open to all and will take place via Zoom. We advertise these here and through our social media channels. If you want to be the first to hear about new speakers, you can sign up to receive our updates here.

If you can’t make a session, there’s no need to worry. We’re recording all of them and they’ll be available here to view after the event.


Talking Heads: Talking Health Session with Professor Sir Sam Everington MBBS, MRCGP, Barrister, OBE
6 October, 18:30-19:15, Zoom

In this interactive Talking Heads: Talking Health session, Sam will share his thoughts about the leadership challenges ahead for health and our wider society. He’ll consider the critical role clinical leaders can play in leading change for the next generation. He will talk for about 20 minutes followed by what is likely to be a lively question and answer session after.

Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989 in the the Bromley by Bow Partnership. The centre has over 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. The social prescribing delivered at the centre, is now part of a network of a two thousand across the country and is about to be put in every general practice in the country. He is chair of Tower Hamlets CCG, clinical lead of his STP and Chair of the 32 London CCG Chairs. This means he holds and manages the government’s health budget for a population of 2 million.

Sam is a member of BMA Council and Vice President of the BMA. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care in 2006, The International Award of Excellence in Health Care and in 2015 a knighthood for services to primary care. He is a member of the Ministerial National NHS Property, NHS Resolution and East London foundation Trust boards and is Fellow and Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and Vice President of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. He has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise, Acting Chair of the BMA, adviser to shadow cabinet ministers between 1992 and 1997 and national advisor to NHS England’s New Models of Care project. He is a trained woodcarver, day skipper, and speaks Norwegian. He trained originally as a cadet pilot in the RAF and lives with his wife and five children in the Tower Hamlets, East End of London. He works as a GP 2 day a week.

Find out more and register to join here


Our annual Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture

We’re still planning to host our annual Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture this year, although we expect it to be virtual rather than face to face.

To find out who’s delivering this year’s and how to join us, sign up to receive our latest updates here.

Find out who’s delivered them in the past here.


Missed our previous Talking Heads?

No need to worry, you can watch them all here at a time to suit you!


Talking Heads: Talking Health Session with Ajit Abraham, Staff College Principal
1 July, 18:30-19:15, Zoom

Our first Talking Heads: Talking Health Session took place on the 1 July. With questions ranging from how Covid-19 has impacted on leadership within the health service, how mission command has been effectively used within some areas during the pandemic to the difficulties of leading when those in more senior positions don’t seem to be, Ajit shared his perspective as a front-line clinician and his unwavering belief that doing the right thing on a difficult day is key to be an effective leader.

You can watch the whole event here


Talking Heads: Talking Health Session with Professor Sam Shah
9 September, 18:30-19:15, Zoom

Our second Talking Heads: Talking Health Session took place on the 9 September. With questions ranging from the impact on him as a leader of completing the Staff College Senior Leadership Programme, dealing with pressure, and how he leads when things go wrong.

Sam shared his perspective working on a local, regional and national level and how he listens, questions and responds, to have the important conversations to allow him to lead the teams and deliver successful outcomes.

Unfortunately owing to a human glitch with technology we did not manage to record Professor Sam Shah sharing his thoughts about leadership. However we did record the Q&A session where members asked Sam about his experiences. Thank you to those who asked a question giving their consent for us to share this recording with you.

You can watch the Q&A session here