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Dr Hannah Barham-Brown

Disability and Gender Equity Advocate, GP Trainee, Speaker and Media Commentator. BA Hons in English and Theology with Arabic (Durham), BSc Hons in Paeds Nursing (Northumbria), Medical degree from St George's, University of London, and now training as a GP in Leeds, primarily in a wheelchair. This website has three main sections - Rants (blogs), where I discuss a range of subjects, including disability, medicine and issues around gender and feminism; Reviews, where I share my thoughts on some of the books I've read (when I get time to both read AND review them!) and Revision Notes; I got through Medical School partly thanks to my obsession with breaking topics down onto post-it notes, and I'm very happy to share them, (though they are a few years old now, so don't rely purely on these!). I'm an experienced medical politician, on the British Medical Association's Council, Junior Doctor's Committee and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group (amongst other things!) but everything on this blog is from me personally, and I speak only for myself. I am also an active member of the Women's Equality Party, and I'm rolling as a local Councillor in Roundhay, Leeds in the elections on the 2nd May. I'm very happy to discuss speaking and media requests; either email me ( or drop me a Tweet (@HannahPopsy).

Need a (loud)speaker?

It's official - I can now call myself a speaker. Since going Less Than Full Time in August, I have really enjoyed developing a 'portfolio' career, and I am delighted to now be invited to speak at a range of... Continue Reading →

So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way…

This is not a 2018 round up. In many ways it was a horrible year that I have spent most of the last few weeks trying not to look back on. Professionally, it was one of the best years of... Continue Reading →

To my God-daughter, on International Women’s Day 2017

Dear Gabriella, I always knew you would one day be a strong woman; you don't grow up with two older brothers, tall genes, surrounded by strong women, and turn into a shrinking flower. I'm delighted however that you started on... Continue Reading →

Why I ‘celebrate’ #InternationalWheelchairDay

I love my wheelchair. I love that I designed it, complete with light up front wheels, a bright red frame and a tiny little bell. I love that the cushion is the most comfy and supportive ever, to the extent... Continue Reading →

A Year On Wheels – the Lessons

As you may have gathered from the not-remotely-cryptic title, I've had my wheelchair for (a little over) a year now. It arrived on 8th December 2015 (ah, 2015, that year when the most traumatic thing to happen was my knee... Continue Reading →

Junior Doctors – Burnt out before we begin…

I'm exhausted. Four years of intense study, placement, and recently taking on the government have taken their toll on a body that doesn't like to play nicely at the best of times. Exhaustion I can handle. But I spent yesterday... Continue Reading →

All the Wonkies, Independent (Throw Yourselves on the Floor…)

A controversial title perhaps, but nothing inspired by Destiny's Child can be all bad. (If you don't get the reference, check this out (Dad, I mean you...). Recently, I read this article by Jodie Hardwick. To be honest, I got a... Continue Reading →

Striking Accord

This piece was originally written for my Huffington Post blog (yeah, I'm a Huff Post blogger now, baby!, on the day of the first Junior Doctors Strike. The issue may have gone quiet in the media, but much is... Continue Reading →

Being Patient – the Op.

I've been trying to reflect on my 'patient experience'. Nearly everyone I have met in the month since seems to feel the need to point out how great a medic I will be having experienced a stay in hospital (4... Continue Reading →

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