Thursday, 03 October 2019
From 1900 to 2100
Brigadier Robin Simpson, Defence Dean, Birmingham
How to train doctors to deliver healthcare in an austere environment
Brigadier Robin Simpson graduated MB ChB from the University of Aberdeen in 1983. On joining the Army, he undertook Parachute training and then deployed to Northern Ireland before Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then was posted to Germany for his GP training which was completed by a year at BMH Hong Kong in 1989. As RMO to 1 KOSB he deployed to on Operation Telic in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. On posting to Dortmund as SMO, he became a GP trainer and GP Course Organiser in 1992. Subsequent tours were as Senior Medical Officer to Sennelager and then Episkopi Cyprus. In 1998 he returned to Sennelager as the Regional Clinical Director. This tour included overseeing the transfer of secondary Health care from BMH Rinteln to a German hospital in Paderborn. In 2001 he completed his MSc in General Practice at Kings College London. In 2004 he undertook a tour as the SMO for the Provincial Construction Team Mazar-i-Sharif Northern Afghanistan. In 2011 he deployed as the Senior Medical Officer Camp Bastion with specific responsibilities for the medical care of Captured Personnel.
In 1995 he became the Defence Professor of General Practice at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. His research interest focusses on care of patients on the battlefield on which he has published extensively. In 2012 he was appointed the GP Dean and then in March 2015 the Postgraduate Dean of the Defence Medical Services. He is an MRCGP Examiner (since 1995) and has had many senior roles in the senior management of the exam. He is the Vice Chair Midlands Faculty RCGP.
Brigadier Simpson is particularly interested in making GPs more aware of veteran’s health issues and co-authored the RCGP document entitled “Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Veterans”. He is now the RCGP Veterans Champion and is the Professor of Military Primary Healthcare and Veterans Health University of Chester.
In January 2018 he was appointed Queens Honorary Surgeon.
His awards include:
- Defence Medical Services General Practice Medal November 2012
- Royal College of Surgeons Mitchiner Medal December 2013
- Order of St John March 2015.
He will leave the Army later in 2019 after 35 years’ service.