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Father and daughter GPs are named Fellows of the RCGP

RCGP (The Royal College Of General Practitioners) : 08 June, 2007  (New Product)
Father and daughter GPs David and Vanessa Whillier have received Fellowships of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
The father and daughter work together at Woodlands Health Centre in Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, UK.

Fellowship - the highest level of RCGP membership - is awarded to family doctors deemed by the College to demonstrate its standards, values and commitment to high quality general practice.

To qualify, David and Vanessa prepared together for over a year to produce evidence for a rigorous 12-hour assessment at their practice.

Dr David Whillier has been a GP Partner at the health centre since 1973.
A grandfather of four, he has also been involved in medical education and during his 28 years as a GP trainer, has trained 32 GP Registrars.

Dr Vanessa Whillier has been a GP Partner at the practice for the past six years.

A mother of two, she is also a GP trainer.

Dr David Whillier says: 'Preparing for Fellowship was hard work, but working together with Vanessa really helped'.

'The practice team have been very supportive'.

'Overall it was a very worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally'.

'I've been a GP for 35 years and I'm still as passionate about it as when I started'.

'Although there have been significant changes to the profession over the years, the core of general practice seems to remain fairly constant - we use our knowledge and skills to try to help people regain control of their bodies and their lives'.

'I still get a buzz when this happens'.

'Mutual trust between doctor and patient is as important now as it was then'.

Dr Vanessa Whillier says, 'Working towards Fellowship with my father was great - he was a real support'.

'Surprisingly, we didn't fall out once, even though it was very stressful at times'.

'In fact, it actually brought us closer together in terms of our working relationship'.


'I've always looked up to my father because he's had such a great career and is a fantastic GP'.

'He's never made me feel anything else, but being awarded the Fellowship made me feel that I was his equal, so it was a very positive experience for me, both personally and professionally'.

Professor David Haslam, president of the RCGP, said: 'I am delighted that David and Vanessa have been awarded Fellowships, and I hope that their patients will share my sense of pride in what they have accomplished'.
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