A Radical Practice In Liverpool: The Rise, Fall And Rise Of Princes Park Health Centre

May 26, 2021

Princes Park Health Centre Book Launch

‘At its best Princes Park Health Centre was Nye Bevan’s dream fulfilled: health care, free for all at their point of need, from the cradle to the grave.’   – Chas Clegg, district nurse

Princes Park Health Centre, in Liverpool 8, was founded by Dr Cyril Taylor, a visionary GP and Labour councillor. Cyril’s approach to the role of GP was strongly influenced by his Communist beliefs, and his strong sense of social justice. Princes Park Health Centre pioneered numerous innovations in holistic primary care, women’s health and health promotion. 

 

Writing on the Wall are very proud to announce the launch and publication of A radical practice in Liverpool: the rise, fall and rise of Princes Park Health Centrewritten by Katy Gardner and Susanna Graham-Jones, both GPs who worked at the practice, where a dedicated multidisciplinary primary health care team provided exceptional care to patients 

 

The team worked with local organisations more broadly to make Liverpool 8 a healthier place and to tackle poverty and racismHealth Through Arts events involved patients and local artists; research projects on homelessness, ethnicity and health, and heart disease started here, in the inner city. The practice struggled bravely against Thatcherism, maintaining its focus on social justice throughout the 1980s and 1990s despite the chronic lack of funding for the NHS. However, the heavy workload took its toll on those who worked there. The principled decision by the GPs to become a salaried practice in 1998 was followed by gruelling times, with loss of autonomy and chaotic NHS fragmentation as privatisation encroached. The later sections of the book chart the struggle and rebirth of Princes Park Health Centre, acknowledging the vital role played by patients and the local community. 

 

RADICAL PRACTICE draws on the vivid memories of patients and community activists as well as health workers. It is set in the political context of the time and reflects the turbulent history of the National Health Service over the last 40 years. 

 

The book launch will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 26th May 2021, with a panel discussion about Princes Park Health Centre led by people associated with this flagship practice.

The Princes Park Health Centre book launch panel: 

 

Chair – Roger Phillips 

Roger Phillips’ voice is one of the best known in Liverpool. He was a popular presenter on Radio Merseyside from 1978 until his retirement in 2020. He has won countless awards, and in 2000 was named Sony Speech and Talk Broadcaster of the Year, beating Radio 4’s John Humphrys, Peter White, the Woman’s Hour team and Andrew Neil of Radio 5 Live. Roger is now Visiting Professor in Broadcast Journalism at Liverpool Hope University. 

 

Katy Gardner (co-author) 

As an undergraduate at Cambridge in 1970, Katy changed from Natural Sciences to Medicine after meeting the Reds in Medicine group of left-wing medical students and realising that inner-city general practice was what she wanted to do. After meeting Cyril Taylor as a student in 1973, she knew she wanted to work with him in Liverpool 8.  Katy joined Princes Park Health Centre as a trainee in 1978, soon after it opened. She became a partner in 1979, and stayed for 28 years. After leaving she went on to work at Marybone Health Centre in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool. Katy retired in 2018, having been active in community projects and public health, especially in Liverpool 8, all her working life. She became a school governor at Windsor Community Primary School and joined the Friends of Princes Park. She is now chair of FOPP, working to make the park a safer, greener, and more inclusive place. 

 

Teresa Williamson-Akpan 

Teresa is an activist and campaigner who has been a patient at Princes Park Health Centre for over 40 years. She holds it to be a truth that an NHS service is the sign of a civilised society.  She was involved in a successful campaign started by Sam Semoff, another patient and activist, to rescue the run-down and demoralised health centre after its takeover in 2012 by a GP company, in the context of the notorious privatisation of NHS services. They brought the community together by holding a meeting for local residents in 3 languages, and achieved their aim. Teresa believes that Princes Park Health Centre was ground-breaking and ahead of its time, and is worthy of recognition for all it has achieved. 

 

Michelle Cox 

Michelle is a registered nurse who is passionate about delivery of high quality health care.  Michelle has gained wide experience in the commissioning of health service and uses her experience to influence health and social care policies in relation to inequalities in health at many levels. As North of England lead nurse to the Chief Nursing Officer’s Black and Minority Ethnic Strategic Advisory Group, Michelle focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion, aiming to ensure that the NHS workforce and boards truly represent our communities. Among other awards, Michelle was given the title of Queens Nurse in 2018. She sees the time she spent in Barbados as significant in enabling her to influence health promotion and patient engagement with black and ethnic minority communities.  

 

Dr Michael Ejuoneatse 

Michael qualified as a doctor at Liverpool University in 1986 and became a GP in 1994. He spent time at Princes Park as a trainee and returned to the practice as a partner. He left in 2007 to join a practice in St Helens.  Michael has been involved in clinical commissioning for 10 years, and is now Medical Director and Deputy Chair of St Helens NHS Clinical Commissioning GroupHe notes that the NHS Long Term Plan emphasizes a holistic, collaborative, population management approach, and reflects that this was exactly the model that the team at Princes Park Health Centre strived to deliver over 30 years ago. 

 

 

RADICAL PRACTICE IN LIVERPOOL: THE RISEFALL AND RISE OF PRINCES PARK HEALTH CENTRE 

is now available to pre-order for just £9.99 by clicking here

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Date: Wednesday 26th May

Time: 7:30pm

Price: Free

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