Service and Sailing

Dominic Roberts has devoted his professional life to service, working since 2004 as an increasingly influential GP in a socially disadvantaged part of London.

After continuing to study throughout his career, Dominic (OE 1989–1994) now has a long string of letters after his name and is Clinical Director for Islington Clinical Commissioning Group as well as a columnist for Innovait, the Royal College of General Practitioners' journal for trainees.

I enjoy the teamwork in caring for a socially deprived and cosmopolitan area with all its challenges," he says. "I have an interest in teaching and I am an educational supervisor, GP trainer and Programme Director for GP trainees in Hackney."

While at QE, Dominic was a Form Captain and Prefect and achieved grade 8 in flute and grade 3 in piano.

After a gap year, which included four months on safari in Africa, he studied Medicine at Leeds University from 1995 to 2000. Dominic spent the summer of 1996 as a volunteer carer and teacher at a Romanian orphanage.

Whilst at Leeds, he nurtured a passion for sailing, competing in the sport for the university. Today he holds the International Certificate of Competence, qualifying him to skipper a yacht.

He began his medical career with spells as a houseman in hospitals in Scarborough and Bradford, before returning to London for a hospital medical training post. He then switched to GP training in Hackney, where he worked in a practice for 13 years.

Over the years, he has gained a number of further medical qualifications, including diplomas in child health, obstetrics and gynaecology, primary care ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and, most recently, a postgraduate certificate in medical education from the University of Westminster.

In his spare time, as well as sailing, he enjoys walking, camping, travelling and cycling. He rides to work from his home in London’s Docklands and also takes part in charity bike rides.

Dominic continues to work as a sessional GP and works as a Quality Improvement coach for GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets.