Roger  Neighbour Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Roger Neighbour

Past President, RCGP

Roger’s interests are in medical education and the psychology of general practice. His highly acclaimed ‘Inner’ trilogy – The Inner Consultation, The Inner Apprentice and The Inner Physician – deals respectively with doctor-patient communication, the trainer-trainee relationship, and the relationship between a doctor’s professional and personal selves. His latest book, Consulting in a Nutshell, simplifies the process of consulting for the benefit mainly of GPs early in their careers.

Subjects: Medicine


Roger graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, and St Thomas’ Hospital, and worked as a GP in Abbot’s Langley, Hertfordshire, for 30 years. He was a trainer, VTS programme director and MRCGP examiner for many years, and Convenor of the RCGP Panel of Examiners from 1997 to 2002. In 2003 he was elected President of the RCGP for a three-year term.
Now retired from clinical practice, Roger lectures and teaches widely in the UK and abroad on consulting skills and general practice. In 2011 he was made an OBE for services to medical education. During the Covid-19 pandemic he has published and taught on telephone and video consultations.
Roger is a practising Zen Buddhist. (See  He plays the violin to semi-professional standard, having started at the age of 4, and has a passion for the music of Schubert, about whom he has published a controversial ‘blighted twin’ theory. He has a second home in Granville, on the coast of Normandy, France.
Roger can be contacted at [email protected]

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    General practice
    The consultation, consulting skills
    Vocational training for general practice
    Psychology of general practice
    Medical education
    The MRCGP exam
    Remote consulting

Personal Interests

    Classical music
    Franz Schubert


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 Featured Title - The Inner Physician - 1st Edition book cover


Safety-netting masterclass

Published: Nov 30, 1999

10 top tips for video consultation

Published: Nov 30, 1999

Zen and the art of leadership

Published: Nov 30, 1999

Video consulting in the COVID-19 pandemic

Published: Dec 05, 2019