The EveryDoctor team

Dr Rishi Dihr
@Dhirhunter

Rishi has recently completed his specialist training in orthopaedic surgery, and is working as an orthopaedic post-CCT fellow at the moment. He has a long-standing interest in both politics and music, and has been involved in various projects combining music with political protest. Rishi was a member of the National Health Singers committee in 2015 when they recorded and released their single "Yours" (protesting against the unfair contract which was imposed on junior doctors). He was involved in setting up regional branches of the choir around the country. He then collaborated with Dave Randall from Faithless to write the protest single 'Stand Up' for junior doctors in conjunction with the strikes in 2016. This single received widespread international coverage and increased public awareness of the situation junior doctors faced.

Rishi has extensive media and public-speaking experience. He was the medical representative at the NHS re-nationalisation press conference in 2016, and has appeared on outlets such as BBC, Sky news, ITV and Channel 5, publicly advocating for junior doctors. Rishi was one of the founders of the Junior Doctors Alliance in 2016, initiating a PR campaign for junior doctors to explain to the public why the proposed job contracts were unsafe for patients and unfair to doctors. He was part of the #voteNHS team prior to the General Election 2017, where he spoke at roadshows nationwide about the threats the NHS faced if a conservative government was re-elected. Rishi was a key contributor to a "voteNHS" video which the team created. It went viral and had around 13 million views online.

Rishi embraces the need for collective action and values the NHS and doctors' working rights . Joining the Everydoctor team is an exciting opportunity to take these ideas forward.

Dr Julia Patterson

Julia is a doctor who has been completing speciality training in psychiatry in London, but has paused her training to set up EveryDoctor. She has been running successful national grassroots campaigns advocating for doctors and the NHS for over 3 years now.

Propelled by a sense of injustice towards junior doctors and safety concerns about patients during the junior doctor contract dispute, she founded the National Health Singers in 2015 with Georgina Wood. The choir wrote a protest song about the effects of NHS cuts and poor treatment of NHS staff, and a video of the song went viral online. The choir have subsequently been involved in many high profile campaigns protesting NHS cuts, and have sung to around 2 million people live.

Since then, Julia has run projects co-ordinating hundreds of doctors around the country to write letters and articles to the media, contact their MPs and speak up about patient safety issues. She was a co-founder of the Junior Doctors Alliance (a group that spoke out against the imposition of the sexist new junior doctors’ contract in 2016), and most recently founded  The Political Mess, the U.K’s biggest online political forum for all U.K. doctors. It was set up to bring doctors of all specialities and backgrounds together to speak up about problems they faced at work, and find solutions together. The Political Mess is an online community visited by an average 12000-15000 doctors every day, and serves as a platform for positive change.

Julia believes that doctors have the power to end the NHS crisis by collectively using their voices to highlight matters of national importance, and demand an overturn of the broken system we work within. Things have never been worse for doctors and patients. Julia feels strongly that the time has come for doctors to get together and act as a team, winning campaigns which benefit everyone and improving the lives of doctors and patients.

Dr Jessica Potter
@DrJessPotter

Jess Potter is a respiratory registrar working in London.  She has just returned to frontline NHS service after taking time out for a PhD.  Her research explored how migrants access healthcare in the UK, and this led her to campaign against the harmful impacts of the NHS charging regulations and data sharing. She is an active member of Medact and Docs Not Cops - both grassroots organisations that, among other things, campaign for the healthcare rights of migrants and against racial discrimination within the NHS.  Through this work Jess has worked with others to lobby politicians, Royal Colleges and has written and spoken about this issue in the media.

Migrants have often been portrayed by the media as the cause of the NHS crisis but this is simply untrue and obscures the real cause - chronic underfunding by successive governments.  Currently we have a staffing crisis and this places patients' lives at risk.  It also places a huge strain on healthcare workers including doctors and we have seen the dire consequences of shouldering this huge burden of responsibility.  Jess feels that as a group we have the potential to have a great impact - to make our own working conditions better and as a direct result improve patient safety.  EveryDoctor is an organisation committed to campaigning for changes that improve the lives of patients and protect the wellbeing of doctors - the two are inextricably linked. Jess believes that no other organisation is currently challenging those in power effectively and that is why she is committed to supporting the work of EveryDoctor.

Dr Georgina Wood
@DrMusical

Georgina Wood is a specialty registrar in medical oncology in London. She is currently undertaking a PhD in tumour biology. In 2015, she co-founded the National Health Singers - a national political choir set up to raise public awareness of the junior doctor contract plight. The choir's NHS anthem ‘Yours" went viral online when a passer-by took a video of the choir singing the song in public. As part of their NHS 70th birthday campaign, the protest single - ‘Won’t Let Go’ - reached #2 in the amazon charts. All proceeds are donated to healthcare charities. The choir has sung at all major NHS rallies and events, including singing live with Boy George in the ‘Stand up to Cancer Telethon’.

Georgina has extensive experience of engaging with the press. She has spoken out in live interviews on national and international news and radio about the NHS crisis and the poor working conditions of UK healthcare professionals.

She is part of the team who manage the UK's most active facebook discussion forum for all doctors, “The Political Mess”.

Georgina is passionate about EveryDoctor and the vital role it will play in advocating for the lives and wellbeing of all UK doctors. EveryDoctor has a novel and innovative organisation design, which will facilitate enhanced strategies for meaningful system improvements. Georgina is excited to be part of the EveryDoctor team, ensuring that the power of our medical workforce is harnessed to achieve effective and sustainable change.

Dr Alan Courtney
@AlanCourtners

Alan Courtney is a junior doctor training to be an anaesthetist, and is based in Sussex. He has a strong interest in how Human Factors affect healthcare, and how issues like understaffing and fatigue have significant negative effects on patient safety. Alan also has a strong interest in medical politics, and is part of the team who runs "The Political Mess".

Alan became very disillusioned during the Junior Doctor contract dispute in 2015/2016, when an unfair, sexist contract was imposed on doctors nationwide. Junior doctors had come together in various grassroots projects to resist this and support their trade union in opposing the contract, but despite their best efforts were ignored. The resultant imposition resulted in a contract which most doctors were unhappy with. Doctors don't feel listened to by the bodies who represent them in the medical establishment (the BMA and the Royal Colleges). There is a largely-held belief that the system must change to empower doctors in creating positive change in UK healthcare. Alan became involved with EveryDoctor to help effect this change, and to push for causes that benefit doctors, other NHS staff and their patients.

Dr Chinedu Nwokoro
@RunningChin

Chin Nwokoro is a consultant and clinical academic in respiratory paediatrics in London. As part of the National Health Singers he featured in the NHS 70th Anniversary protest song “Won’t Let Go”, which peaked at #2 in the Amazon download chart. Chin is also a member of Doctors against Diesel, and has published research and spoken at demonstrations around air pollution and health.  Additionally he is part of the team who run  “The Political Mess”.

Chin feels strongly that the formidable capacity of medics to effect meaningful change has hitherto been squandered through a lack of coordination, focus and ‘savvy’. He believes that EveryDoctor can be an instrument to remedy these deficits and is excited to be a part of its beginning.

Dr Stella Johnson

Stella Johnson is a junior doctor training in Paediatrics in the East of England. She sang in the National Health Singers' first recorded protest single, the anthem "Yours" in 2015 (speaking out about the unsafe and unfair proposed junior doctor contract). Stella also marched to Downing Street with thousands of fellow students and doctors whilst still at medical school to protest the situation.

Having trained as a medical student and doctor in the full spectrum of large London teaching hospitals down to rural DGHs, Stella has seen the widespread and universal issues that plague the morale and wellbeing of doctors and all staff groups in the NHS. Stella feels that chronic low morale, along with the systemic problems the NHS faces, affect the level of care which NHS staff can provide their patients with. This causes Stella deep-seated concern. She is passionate about protecting the NHS and mobilising the incredible brains and voices of our workforce to change things for the better. For this reason Stella is part of The Political Mess team (the largest facebook group for all UK doctors to come together and effect political change), and was thrilled to be invited to join the EveryDoctor team.

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