BiographyPeter qualified as a doctor at Newcastle in 1968. After spells as a P&O Surgeon and as a trainee in Kentish Town: he was a family doctor in Abingdon for 30 years. He was an MRCGP examiner from 1981 and was responsible for the introduction of the Video module in 1996; he retired as Chief Examiner in March 2006. He was awarded the MBE for services to general medical practice in 2008. He wrote the first edition of The Doctor’s Communication Handbook in 1993 and has just published the 8th edition (August 2019), with Dr Francesca Frame as joint author. He is the author of The Other Side of Medicine, a collection of essays and short stories (2006). He has also published Seasickness, a novel based on his experiences as a young ship’s surgeon, The Seanachai an Irish Ghost Story and The Curatage Ghost a story for grandchildren. He was a co-author of The Consultation (1983) and The New Consultation (2003) OUP with David Pendleton, Theo Schofield and Peter Havelock. He has lectured widely on communication issues. He is now retired and lives with his artist wife Judy, in Poundbury, Dorchester.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Doctor Patient Communication.
Examining medical competence
Megaliths, photography, writing.
Published: Oct 30, 2018 by InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice.
Authors: Peter Tate
Peter Tate is one of the al. in the book by Pendleton et al. (The Consultation: Learning and Teaching) that first shoehorned the phrase ‘Ideas, Concerns and Expectations’ into the vocabulary of every GP trainee. He was the RCGP’s Chief Examiner immediately before the introduction of the CSA. Consultation models can easily seem very dry, but for the purposes of this special issue of InnovAiT, I wanted readers to have a sense of the history and background they sprang from. Roger Neighbour