I have been really encouraged by the enthusiasm, optimism, and friendliness I have encountered from everyone I have spoken to here in Dorset. To have the opportunity to be part of what I believe will be a really exciting team at a time when NHS change gives us the best chance of working in a collaborative, integrated way for our population is a real privilege. I am looking forward to joining you, learning from you, and becoming a part of the Dorset community.
I qualified from Bristol University in 1996 and initially pursued a career in older people and stroke medicine where I developed a passion for holistic generalised medicine and the benefits of multidisciplinary working which led to a switch to general practice. Whilst in general practice I was fortunate enough to get involved in local clinical leadership before becoming Clinical Chair of the CCG. Since June last year I have also been the interim Medical Director of the ICS in Devon.
Away from work, I would rather be outside than in, walking, running, and climbing over hills and mountains, spotting and occasionally being able to identify wildlife and being a father of three who have somehow managed to survive my parenting into their teenage years.
Dr Paul Johnson
Chief Medical Officer Designate