Dr Kate Breckon
Kate is an experienced GP with a longstanding interest in Occupational health particularly of health professionals and over recent years a developing passion to try to improve the work life balance in General Practice. She qualified from Birmingham in 1985, then pursued a number of interests in general medicine, gaining MRCP; before choosing General practice as a career, completing her GP training in Leeds in 1993.
In 2000, after completing her family, she joined a long established practice in Lancaster as a partner, job sharing with her husband until recently. In practice she has gained considerable experience and interest in managing mental health including that of students. She has provided an OH service for local businesses including health care providers. She has been active in managing the practice workforce and in developing new ways of working to ensure the team worked as effectively as possible. This has also included working more widely with the local hospital and community teams. She is a passionate advocate of improving patient care for all in a sustainable way recognising the importance of self-care, peer support and effective signposting to services as well as provision of services.
She is a GP Appraiser and a mentor for the local LMC GP Support service and in supporting vulnerable practices. She joined the GP health service as a clinician in 2017. Having now left the partnership, and with all 4 kids now left home, Kate now has the opportunity to pursue new challenges in clinical work, in GP Support and personally. The experiences of being in partnership and latterly the merging process of several practices have given additional understanding to many of the pressures faced by GPs that present to the support networks.