Dr Sam Everington OBE first trained as a Barrister and then as a doctor. He first made his name back in the 1980s when he found novel ways of highlighting the absurdly long hours which doctors worked. He slept outside the Royal London Hospital, creating a media storm. These days Dr Sam Everington is a GP, who attracts nationwide interest for the idiosyncratic ways in which he uses talented people in his practice area, a deprived part of London's east end. Through his innovation the government now uses his “Healthy Living Centre” as a model. His holistic approach to medicine means that education, employment, housing and creativity are all crucial in helping patients get back on their feet.
His centre is no small undertaking it includes over one hundred projects – a church, complimentary therapies, art studios, a nursery, community care projects, garden projects, a community café and a community cinema. It is a unique partnership between the private, public and voluntary sector.
Apparently the first thing former secretary of state for health John Reid said when he came to visit was, "Where's the NHS sign?" But Sam reminded him who the centre belongs to – the patients. When Sam talks about setting up such massive centres, he does not give false hope, but believes in being a "can do" person with a strong belief in the end goal. He strongly encourages other doctors and believes they too have the potential to be great entrepreneurs. What an inspiration.