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Brigadier Robin Simpson
University of Chester

Independent Judging Panel

Brigadier Robin Simpson attended 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. 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 2004 he undertook at 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 a MRCGP Examiner (since 1995) and has had many senior roles in the senior management of the exam. He is the 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.

He left the Army in 2020 after 35 years’ service. He and now works as a GP in Hampton-in-Arden.

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