Dr Tim Lyttle GP Partner/Director
Organisation: Bridgewater Family Medical Practice, Shropshire/Change Health Ltd
Tim is a GenerationQ Fellow and GP Partner/Director at Bridgewater Family Medical Practice, Shropshire/Change Health Ltd.
Tim is a part-time partner at Bridgewater Family Medical Practice in Whitchurch, Shropshire and also works as a GP with special interest in substance misuse in clinics in Wrexham, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Tim graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast in 1994 and went on to work as a GP in south east London and then north east Wales. From 2005-09, he was Medical Director of Wrexham Local Health Board.
In 2008, Tim and four colleagues founded the social enterprise Hope Citadel Healthcare, to provide GP surgeries and walk-in health centres in deprived areas of Greater Manchester. He served as Hope Citadel’s Medical Director from 2009 to 2010.
Tim is practice representative for the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Going into GenerationQ, one of Tim’s goals was to consolidate his learning and experience to help him move forward in his career with a stronger sense of focus. 'Over the years, my natural entrepreneurial instinct has led me to be involved in and lead a wide range of interesting projects and initiatives, based on a passion and ambition to find ways to help meet people’s health needs, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
'As well as providing me with valuable technical knowledge, the fellowship gave me the time, space and support to take stock of my career to date and where I want to go. It helped me to make some important decisions about the focus and spread of my work, and has given me the confidence to commit to studying for a degree in psychology. I want to develop my understanding of the role that psychological processes play in driving health and illness behaviours, as well as the actions of health care professionals and leaders. In the long term, I may work towards being qualified to practise as a counsellor or psychologist in addition to being a GP.'
Of the leadership theories explored during the programme, Tim says that the relational approach to leadership made the biggest impression on him. 'It was fascinating to learn more about the social side of leadership and how relationships are at the heart of everything. I now feel much more able to understand different people’s viewpoints and agendas, and how best to relate to them. It’s something I can apply to so much of what I do as a GP.'