Declaration of interests

I want to ensure my interests are completely clear. I’ve added more detail than one would usually find and I’ve also now provided an option to look at previous declarations.

Updated 25 March 2021.

I’m noting down existing DOIs and, as time passes, it is inevitable there may be historical DOIs as well. I will always try to flag historical interests where I think they are relevant but having them all on the page quickly becomes unmanageable. It’s the fundamental problem with annual declarations — it’s easy to let an inconvenient venture, relationship or project drop off from a few years back in the hope that no one notices… I don’t regard that as appropriate and I want this to be as transparent as possible.

From February 2021, I am using the wonderful Wayback Machine to capture previous versions and each time I make a change I’ll ensure that the Wayback Machine has a snapshot. You can browse previous versions of this page here:

Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.euanlawson.com/doi/

Lancaster University

I work as a clinical academic GP at Lancaster Medical School and I am paid, as is common for academic GPs (although it is not universal), on the NHS Consultant pay scale.

Clinical work

I work as a self-employed locum for my clinical work. Some of these are in NHS general practices. At present most of my clinical work is in substance misuse settings in Blackpool. (Ironically, this is now regarded as private work, at least by the medical indemnity organisations, as substance misuse services are now entirely subjected to damaging tendering and re-tendering processes that are commissioned by local councils. Sometimes those contracts are won by the NHS, other times by companies and social enterprises, effectively removing them from core NHS services. That’s another story though.) My self-employed pay, by the time annual leave, pension, and additional indemnity premiums are taken into consideration, is comparable to the University pay.

For many years, I wrote the Clinical Update for the Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP network) but stopped around mid-2016. I re-started in 2020 with updates for the SMMGP-FDAP support network.° I am paid for those — at the time of writing they have a standing advert with full details°.

In the past, I was the editor of the Harm Reduction Journal.

I am on the Expert Reference Group for the Dame Carol Black Independent Review on Drugs.° In March 2021 I joined a DrugScience working group on Safe Injection Facilities.

British Journal of General Practice (BJGP)

Since September 2020 I have been the Editor of the BJGP. I was appointed as Deputy Editor in 2013 and I am paid as an external consultant by the BJGP in line with RCGP standard rates.

Political affiliations

I am not a member of any political party. I am a member of the Fabian Society°. They describe themselves as an independent left-leaning think tank and a democratic membership society with over 7,000 members. We influence political and public thinking and provide a space for broad and open-minded debate.”

I’m on the Expert Working Group for the Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform°.

Book royalties

I receive royalties for two books: The Healthy Writer° and GP Wellbeing: Combatting Burnout in General Practice

Other areas

I am a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and I am member of the BMA. I’m also a member of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC), the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM).

I am a director of a limited company, Greenmantle Medical Ltd. My editorial work and book incomes goes through the company. I plan to use it for future independent book publications.

That’s about it. I don’t have any other sources of income. I have never been paid by any drug companies or the pharmaceutical industry and they’ve not given me honoraria, or funding for conference fees and travel to exotic conference locations. I’ve not received other consultancy fees or similar from Pharma. I do, as part of my BJGP role and my work at the university, claim expenses for attending relevant conferences, meetings, and CPD.