02 January 2020

A pioneer of the social prescription movement has been appointed as a new Non-Executive Director with the Trust.

Professor Sir Sam Everington joined ELFT on January 1, 2020.

Sam replaces Robert Taylor, who had served ELFT in the role since 2013.

Marie Gabriel, Chair of the Trust, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Sam to the ELFT Board. His pioneering contribution to healthcare care in the UK is respected internationally and his commitment to working alongside residents is without equal.

He will make a unique and valuable contribution to the ELFT Board, particularly in supporting our partnership with primary care and in our ambition to deliver truly integrated care. He is an advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable and we look forward to him bringing robust challenge to enable us to deliver our mission to improve the quality of life for all we serve.

I would also like to pay tribute to our outgoing Non-Executive Director Robert Taylor and thank him for his outstanding contribution to our journey, particularly his ability to ask the incisive question that makes us all think differently.”

Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989. He is chair of Tower Hamlet's CCG. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, with more than 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health.

He is governor of a local primary school and was one of the founders of THEDOC – the Tower Hamlets GP Out of Hours Service.

Sam is a qualified Barrister, a member of the British Medical Association (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 has published a number of papers with Professor Aneez Esmail on discrimination in the NHS.

He is a Fellow and Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and Vice President of the Queen's Nursing Institute.

In 2018 he was appointed to the role of Chair of the London Clinical Commissioning Council, London's 32 clinical commissioning group chairs.

He has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise and Acting Chair of the BMA. He is a trained woodcarver, welder and day skipper and he also speaks Norwegian.