Read one attendee's account of the event...
Having borrowed shoes from my teenage daughter and checked with the BMA that my dress would be OK, I arrived at BMA House last night feeling rather nervous.
Although one of the few without a medal, I was greeted by a beaming smile from Dr Andrew Dearden and put at ease immediately. The atmosphere was wonderful, with a harp playing in the corner and everyone relaxed.
I sat next to Lady Masham at dinner, who when I asked her where she lived replied dryly ‘Masham’.
Chatting to Derek Bell I noticed a man to my right looking rather lonely. Bright and breezy as always, I introduced myself and asked his name and how he came to be here. ‘I’m Terence Stephenson and I’m Chair of the GMC’, he replied. Choking on my champagne I couldn’t stop myself replying ‘and do you enjoy doing that?’ It was truly amazing to have his attention all to myself for the next 10 minutes, and I took full advantage.
I sat next to Lady Masham at dinner, who when I asked her where she lived replied dryly ‘Masham’. As a Baronette and Countess it was wonderful to be able to ask her about her life and experiences in the House of Lords. Equally impressive was her ability to park her car in the quadrangle at BMA House. She has given me her card and offered to invite me to a meeting, and I will certainly take her up on that.
On my right was Professor Adrian Hill. Probably one of the cleverest people I’ve ever met he was able to explain the research for which he was receiving an award simply enough for me to understand. I was delighted to hear my MD research might be coming back into fashion and to meet someone who was as interested as me in Mycobacterium paratuberculosis.
With a full NHS day today I left at 10 but the experience was wonderful and I am very grateful to those who organised the event that they invited me.