About John

John Launer is a doctoreducator and award-winning writer. With a dual professional background in general practice and family therapy, as well a degree in English literature, John’s interests range across the borders of health care, systems thinking, and the humanities. They include narrative medicine, clinical supervision for the health professions and  team development in the health service.

John has written and edited nine books including ‘Narrative-Based Practice in Health and Social Care: Conversations Inviting Change” (Routledge 2018) and “How Not To Be A Doctor: And Other Essays” (Duckworth 2018). Further details are on the Main Publications page.

John is lead for educational innovation in primary care for Health Education England in London. His other posts include honorary associate clinical professor of primary care at University College London, honorary lifetime consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, associate editor of the Postgraduate Medical Journal, faculty member at ISTUD Business School in Milan and founding president of the Association of Narrative Practice in Healthcare. John is a founder member of the International Association for Spielrein Studies and on its committee.

John was the originator, with Caroline Lindsey, of Conversations Inviting Change (CIC)This is a narrative-based model for interactional skills, used in encounters with patients, clients and families, as well as for individual and group supervision, mentoring, coaching, team facilitation and conflict resolution. John has given presentations and workshops on CIC in every region of the UK and in Europe, Israel, Palestine, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia. Visits in 2022 have included Norway and Ireland, with online presentations and workshops in Italy, Portugal, China and Japan. Visits and online events planned for 2023 include Italy, Greece, Ireland and Japan.

John is the longest serving medical columnist in the UK, starting with ‘Hospital Doctor’ in 1980 and continuing with ‘Doctor’ and ‘QJM.’ He wrote the ‘On reflection’ series every month in the Postgraduate Medical Journal from 2008 to 2022 and is now a fortnightly columnist for the British Medical Journal.

Contact John at johnlauner@aol.com

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