Steve Field, chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

Rows between the British Medical Association and government over renegotiations to the GP contract, extended hours and polyclinics have set the scene for the college to enjoy closer links with the policy-making process and Professor Field has capitalised on the opportunity.

Workforce issues are his bread and butter: he is a regional postgraduate dean and honorary professor of medical education and oversaw the introduction of the first GP training curriculum.

His document The Future Direction of General Practice: A Roadmap proposed a federated model of general practice and is understood to have been a significant influence on the Darzi review’s integrated care organisation pilot proposals.