Home
Consultancy and training
Main Publications
Spielrein biography
CV
   
 

DR JOHN LAUNER: CURRICULUM VITAE

Current posts held

Honorary Lifetime Consultant, Tavistock Clinic, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA.

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Care and Population Health, University College London Medical School, Rowland Hill St., London NW3 2PF 

Programme Director for Educational Innovation in Primary Care, Health Education England (North Central and East London), Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DN

Summary

John Launer is a family physician, family therapist, educator and writer from London, UK. He taught English in Kenya and majored in English literature at Cambridge University before qualifying as a doctor at the Middlesex Hospital, London University in 1978. Following training in family medicine he worked for over twenty years in a family practice in Edmonton, north London, an area with high levels of social deprivation. As a family physician he developed a particular interest in working with couples and families, and subsequently in narrative medicine.

In 1994 he completed training in family therapy at the Tavistock Clinic, the leading institute in the UK for psychological therapies and organisational psychology. He was appointed to the teaching staff there in 1995, as one its first two family physicians. Together with Caroline Lindsey, he developed the model of interactional skills "Conversations Inviting Change". John has run workshops and lectured widely both nationally and internationally on "CIC". In the last few years he has taught in Europe, Israel, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia. 

Through his interest in education, John was appointed in 2003 as an associate dean in postgraduate medical education at the London Deanery (now part of Health Education England.) Initially working in the general practice department, he later moved to faculty development, where he led a team of around twenty educators running courses in essential and advanced supervision skills using "CIC". He also led the Educational Team Development Service, visiting hospitals across London to help teams of clinicians improve their teaching skills. He currently works as a programme director for educational innovation in primary care (across most of London) and for multiprofessional clinical supervision (in Kent). 

John has written and edited six books including Narrative-Based Primary Care: a practical guide (Radcliffe) and How Not to Be a Doctor: and other essays (Royal Society of Medicine Press), commended as a book of the year by the British Medical Association. As well as numerous articles on family medicine, family therapy and medical education in peer-reviewed journals, he is an active medical journalist. He wrote the ‘Coda’ column for the international medical journal QJM from 2002 to 2008, and now contributes a regular column to the Postgraduate Medical Journal where he is an associate editor. Together with Lucia Sommers from the University of California in San Francisco, John has recently edited a book for Springer Publishing entitled Clinical Uncertainty in Clinical Practice: the Challenge of Collaborative Engagement. His latest book is a biography of the Russian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein: ‘Sex versus Survival: The life and ideas of Sabina Spielrein.’

Degrees and diplomas

1971               BA in English Literature, University of Cambridge
                   
1976               MA in English Literature, University of Cambridge 

1978               MB BS, University of London
 
1982               Diploma of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
 
1983               Member of Royal College of General Practitioners (distinction)

1994               MA in Systemic Family Therapy (distinction), Tavistock Clinic and                              University of East London.

Books:

Launer J. Narrative-Based Primary Care: a practical guide. Oxford: Radcliffe, 2002.

Burton J and Launer J (Eds). Supervision and Support in Primary Care. Oxford: Radcliffe, 2003.
 
Launer J, Blake S and Daws D. Reflecting on Reality: psychotherapists at work in primary care. London: Karnac/Tavistock, 2005.

Launer J. Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching: one-to-one encounters in medical education. Edinburgh: Association for the Study of Medical Education, 2006.

Launer J. How Not to Be a Doctor: and other essays. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press, 2007.

Sommers L and Launer J (eds.), Clinical Uncertainty in Primary Care: The Challenge of Collaborative Engagement. New York, Springer, 2013.

Launer J. Sex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein. Duckworth, London, 2014, and Overlook Press, NY, 2015.

Book chapters:

Launer, J. Narrative in mental health in primary care. Chapter 10 in: Greenhalgh, T. and Hurwitz, B. (Eds.) Narrative based medicine: Discourse and Dialogue in Clinical Care. London: BMA, 1998.
 
Launer, J. Working with different models: adapting to the context. Chapter 9 in: Lees, J. (ed.) Clinical counselling in primary care. London: Routledge, 1999.
 
Launer, J. The practice as an organisation. Chapter 9 in: Elder, A. and Holmes, J. (Eds.)  Mental health in primary care: a new  approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002

Launer J . Narratives in primary care. In: A Vetere and E Dowling (eds.) Narrative Approaches to Therapy with Children and Families. London: Brunner Routledge, 2005 
 
Launer J. Postmodernising medical careers: assessment in an age of uncertainty. In N Jackson, A Jamieson and A Khan (eds.) Assessment in Medical Education and Training: a practical guide. Oxford: Radcliffe, 2006.

Launer J. (2013) Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching. Chapter 8 (Pages 111-122) in : T. Swanwick (ed.), Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition. London, Wiley-Blackwell.

Ahluwalia S, Launer J. Developing professionalism through general practice training. In: S. Ahluwalia and A. Tavolbie (eds.) General Practice Specialty Training: Making it happen, 2nd edition. Royal College of General Practitioners, 2016. 

Articles

(see also links for books, key articles and journal series, including QJM and PMJ with links, on 'Publications' page)

Launer J.  English for overseas doctors (Editorial). British Medical Journal  1975; 4: 484.

Launer J. Self-help society for eczema sufferers and their families. British Medical Journal 1976; 2:1494-1495.
 
Launer J. Taking medical histories through interpreters: practice in a Nigerian outpatient department. British Medical Journal 1978; 2: 934-935.

Launer J.  Eczema ( monograph ). Members' Reference Book. 323-326.  London: Royal College of General Practitioners, 1986.

Launer J.  Report of a medical delegation to Russia.  Chapter in: Pettitt A. Do-it-yourself detente  London : Quartet Books, 1987.

Launer J.  A guide to the management of eczema for general practitioners.  London : National Eczema Society, 1989.

Launer J. Jews, Christians and Family Therapy (published lecture) London : Guild for Pastoral Psychology, 1992

Launer J. The family therapy approach: its relevance to work with congregations (booklet).  London : Leo Baeck College, 1992.

Launer J.  What do GPs want? (Part 1) Tavistock Gazette1994; 39:14-19.

Launer J.  What do GPs want? (Part 2) Tavistock Gazette 1994; 40: 5-8.

Launer J.  Psychotherapy in the GP surgery: with and without a secure frame. British Journal of Psychotherapy 1994; 11:120-126.

Williams HC, Burney PGJ, Hay RJ, Archer CB., et al.  The UK working party's diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis. I. Derivation of a minimum set of discriminators for atopic dermatitis. British Journal of Dermatology 1994; 131: 383-396.

Williams HC, Burney PGJ, Hay RJ, Archer CB., et al.  The UK working party's diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis. II. Observer variation of clinical diagnosis and signs of atopic dermatitis. British Journal of Dermatology 1994; 131: 397-405.

Williams HC, Burney PGJ, Hay RJ, Archer CB., et al.  The UK working party's diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis.  III. Independent hospital validation.  British Journal of Dermatology 1994; 131: 406-416.

McHenry, PM, Williams HC, Bingham EA on behalf of a Joint Workshop of the British Association of Dermatologists and the Research Unit of the Royal College of Physicians of London.  Management of atopic eczema, British Medical Journal 1995; 310: 843-847.

Launer J.  The doctor, the family and the system. Journal of the Balint Society 1995; 23: 6-12.

Launer J. Room 101: The systemic network for general practice. Context 1995; 22: 9-10.

Launer J. General Practice and primary care: the AFT special interest group. Context 1995; 23: 27-28.

Graham H, Launer J, Mayer R and Young V. Neutrality and medical responsibility: a debate around the treatment of asthma. Context 1995; 25: 43-45.

Mayer R, Graham H, Schuberth C, Launer J and Czauderna J.   Family systems ideas in the 10-minute consultation: using a reflecting partner or observing team in a surgery. British Journal of General Practice 1996; 46: 229-230.

Launer J.  A social constructionist approach to family medicine. Family Systems Medicine 1996; 13: 379-389.

Launer J. Towards systemic general practice.  Context 1996; 26: 42-45.

Launer J. 'You're the doctor, Doctor!': is social constructionism a helpful stance in general practice consultations? Journal of Family Therapy 1996; 18: 255-267.

Launer J. Semi-scripted role play: a teaching technique for exploring clinical and ethical dilemmas in GP consultations.  Education for General Practice 1996; 7: 353-355.

Launer, J.  Systemic discourse: or, some thoughts about words. Context 1997: 30: 33-4.

Launer, J. and Lindsey, C. Training for systemic general practice: a new approach from the Tavistock Clinic. British Journal of General Practice 1997: 47:543-456.

Launer, J. Teaching systemic general practice: a guide to conducting group exercises. I: General principles for group exercises. Education for General Practice 1998: 9: 344-347

Launer, J. Teaching systemic general practice: a guide to conducting group exercises. II: Some basic exercises. Education for General Practice 1998: 9: 441-443.

Launer, J. Narrative in mental health in primary care. Chapter 10 in: Greenhalgh, T. and Hurwitz, B. (eds.) Narrative based medicine. London: BMA, 1998.

Launer, J. Working with different models: adapting to the context. Chapter 9 in: Lees, J. (ed.) Clinical counselling in primary care. London: Routledge, 1999.

 Launer, J. A narrative approach to mental health in general practice. British Medical Journal  1999; 318: 117-119.

Launer, J. Teaching systemic general practice: a guide to conducting group exercises. III developing interview skills. Education for General Practice 1999; 10: 72-75.

Launer, J. Teaching systemic general practice: a guide to conducting group exercises.  IV: Using supervisors and teams. Education for General Practice 1999; 10: 176-179.

Launer, J. Teaching systemic general practice: a guide to conducting group exercises. V: Developing skills for complex problems. Education for General Practice 1999; 10: 282-293.

Jepson, C., Launer, J. and Logan, M. The Enfield and Haringey management game. Education for General Practice 1999; 10: 501-505

Launer, J.  Whatever happened to biology? Reconnecting family therapy with its evolutionary origins. Journal of Family Therapy 2001; 23: 155-70

Launer, J. The practice as an organisation. Chapter 9 in: Elder, A. and Holmes, J. (Eds.)  Mental health in primary care: a new  approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002

Launer, J.  Narrative based primary care: a practical guide. Oxford: Radcliffe, 2002

Launer J. Narrative based medicine: a passing fad or a giant leap for general practice?  British Journal of General Practice 2003; 53:91-92.

Burton J. and Launer J. (eds.) Supervision and support in primary care  Oxford: Radcliffe, 2003.

Launer J. Practice, supervision, consultancy and appraisal, a continuum of learning. British Journal of General Practice 2003; 53: 658-62

Launer  A systemic approach to primary care supervision. Context  Spring 2003:  15-16

Launer J. Reflective practice.  Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2003; 1: 55-57.

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: to delve or not to delve.  Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2003;1: 147-9

Launer J. Introducing narrative thinking.   Primary Care Mental Health 2003;  1: 63-4 

Launer J.  Taking a narrative stance in the consultation.  Primary Care Mental Health 2003; 1: 111- 112.

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: finding meaning in medicine.  Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004; 2: 72-4

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: developing supervision skills.  Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004; 2: 264-6



Launer J.  New narratives for old: the art of asking questions  Primary Care Mental Health 2004;2: 67-8

Launer J and Burton J.  Why do education and training fail to prepare us for the job in hand? (editorial)  Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004; 2:109-10

Launer J. Redefining supervision  Workbased Learning in Primary Care  2004; 2: 160-2

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision. Education for Primary Care 2004; 15: 498-500

Launer J. Training educators in clinical supervision. Workbased Learning in Primary Care  2004; 2: 366-9

Launer J.  Inattention to primary care: a form of institutional discrimination?  Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry  2004; 9: 613-616

Launer J. The narrative consultation in action. Primary Care Mental Health 2004; 2: 123-124.

Launer J. Short workshops for GP educators. Workbased Learning in Primary Care  2004; 3:58-60

Launer J. A narrative-based approach to depression. Primary Care Mental Health 2004; 2: 175-6

Launer J.  Demonstrating clinical supervision to GP educators. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2005; 3:158-60

Launer J . Narratives in primary care. In: A Vetere and E Dowling (eds.) Narrative Approaches to Therapy with Children and Families. London: Brunner Routledge, 2005

Launer J, Blake S and Daws D (eds) Reflecting on Reality: Psychotherapists at Work in Primary Care. London: Tavistock / Karnac, 2005.

Launer J. Teaching supervision in small groups. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2005;  3: 263-6

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: supervision, knowledge and performance.  Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2005;  3: 355-7

Launer J. Tracking stories and challenging them. Primary Care Mental Health  2005; 3: 67-68.

Launer J. Uncertainty and not knowing: making space for multiple stories.  Primary Care Mental Health 2005; 3: 155-156

Clark P, Jamieson A, Launer J, Trompetas A, Whiteman J and Williamson D. Intending to be a supervisor, mentor or coach: Do you know which, what for and why? Education for Primary Care 2006; 17:106-116.

 Launer J and Halpern H. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: an approach to promoting clinical supervision among general practitioners. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4:69-72.

Clarke R, Launer J, Swanwick T and Deighan, M. Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision (Royal College of General Practitioners Curriculum Statement 3.7). London: Royal College of General Practitioners, 2006.

Launer J. Supervision, mentoring and coaching: One-to-one learning encounters in medical education. Edinburgh: Association for the Study of Medical Education, 2006.

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: emotion and interpretation in supervision. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4:171-3.

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: making sense of supervision, mentoring and coaching. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4: 268-270.

Launer J. New Stories for Old: Narrative-based primary care in the United Kingdom. Families, Systems and Health 2006; 24: 336-344

Launer J. Postmodernising medical careers: assessment in an age of uncertainty. In N Jackson, A Jamieson and A Khan (eds.) Assessment in Medical Education and Training: a practical guide. Oxford: Radcliffe, 2006.

Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: neutrality and honesty. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4:384-386
 
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: teaching supervision skills to GP appraisers. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2007; 1: 51-54.
 
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: good practice in GP appraisals. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2007; 1: 115-118.
 
Launer J. Moving on from Balint: Embracing clinical supervision. British Journal of General Practice 2007; 57: 182-183.

Launer J. In the service of care and healing: an educator's viewpoint. Humanism and the Healing Arts: Transforming the Illness Experience - Patient and Practitioner Viewpoints. Institute for Professionalism Inquiry: Akron, Ohio, 2009.

Ahluwalia S and Launer J. Training for complexity and professional judgement: Beyond communication skills plus evidence. Education for Primary Care 2012; 23: 317-319.

Launer J. Supervision, mentoring and coaching. In: T Swanwick (ed) Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice, 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Launer J. Managing Bullying, Harassment and Undermining: A Guide to Good Practice in Postgraduate Medical Education in London. Faculty Development, Health Education England, London, 2013

Ahluwalia S and Launer J.Complexity and uncertainty in health care. Education for Primary Care 2014; 25: 181-183

Gill D, Griffin A and Launer J. Fostering professionalism in the workplace: the role of workplace discussion groups. PMJ 2014; 90: 56-70.

Launer J. Sex and sexuality: an evolutionary view. Psychoanalytic Inquiry 2014; 34: 831-846 http://goo.gl/ykVXNJ

Launer J. Carl Jung's relationship with Sabina Spielrein: a reassessment. International Journal of Jungian Studies 2015; 7: 179-193 http://goo.gl/0hKsGf

Swanepoel A, Sieff DS, Music G, Launer J, Reiss M, Wren B. How evolution can help us understand child development and behaviour. BJPsych Advances 2016; 22: 36-43.

Ahluwalia S, Launer J. Developing professionalism through general practice training. In: S. Ahluwalia and A. Tavolbie (eds.) General Practice Specialty Training: Making it happen, 2nd edition. Royal College of General Practitioners, 2016. 

Also medical journalism, review articles, book reviews, commentary etc. Over 1000 articles in:

British Medical Journal, Times Educational Supplement, Times Health Supplement, World Medicine, Daily Mail, Doctor, Hospital Doctor, Pulse, GP, Practice Nursing, Update, Pharmacy Update, Medeconomics, International Management, European Judaism, Context, Common Ground, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, QJM, Postgraduate Medical Journal. 

National and international presentations and workshops include:

Sept 2004:     Supervision, support and quality in primary care (as joint organiser), joint conference of  London GP Deanery and Tavistock Clinic, London

Sept 2004:     Joint conference of National Clinical Assessment Authority and Conference of GP Educational Deans (COGPED), Architectural Association, London

Sept 2004:     Narrative based medicine conference, (BMA and Royal Anthropological Society) School of Oriental and African Studies, London University

Dec 2004:      Arts and Humanities Research Council invited seminar, Swansea University

March 2005: National non-principals conference, BMA, London

May 2005:      First European conference on systemic family medicine and interprofessional education (as joint organiser), Tavistock Clinic London

June 2005:     Systemic approaches to illness and disability, joint conference of Tavistock Clinic and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Oct 2005:       Research conference of Department of General Practice, University of Arhus, Denmark

Oct 2005:       Balint Society of Denmark, Copenhagen

March 2006:  Explorations in Literature and Medicine, Kings College London

May 2006:      Supervision, support and professionalism in primary care (as joint organiser), joint conference of  London GP Deanery and Tavistock Clinic, London

June 2006:     UK conference of educational advisers, Chester

June 2006:     Communication, medicine and ethics conference (COMET), Cardiff University

July 2006        National Clinical Assessment  Service conference ‘Back on Track’, London

Oct 2006:       National conference for sessional GPs, BMA, London

April 2007:     Presentation on narrative in primary care, Department of General Practice, University of Bergen, Norway

May 2007:      Second European conference on systemic family medicine and interprofessional education (as joint organiser), University of Akdeniz, Turkey

June 2007:     Narrative practitioner conference, North West Wales Institute of Higher Education

July 2007:      Workshop on narrative-based primary care, Department of General Practice, University of Tel Aviv, Israel

August 2008: Workshop on narrative-based primary care, Department of Family Medicine, Haifa Technion, Israel

November 2008: Presentations on narrative-based medicine, Universities of Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka, Japan. 

May 2009. Keynote lecture at Third European Conference on Systemic Family Medicine, Netanya, Israel.

August 2009. Workshops for Departments of Family Medicine at Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, and Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, Israel. 

October 2009. Keynote lecture at Tenth Conference of the Institute for Professionalism Inquiry, NE Ohio Medical Schools, Akron, Ohio.

October 2009. Workshop for faculty of Department of Family Medicine, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

October 2009. Presentation to Grand Rounds, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass.

December 2009. Opening presentation, Conference on Integrated Care and the Management of Chronic Illness, Royal College of Physicians, London.

April 2010. Seminar on therapeutic aspects of narrative medicine for Danish Medical Association, held in Cortona, Italy.

June 2010: Workshop on narrative based supervision, COMET conference (Communication, Medicine and Ethics), Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.

June 2010: Workshop for faculty of Department of Family Medicine, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

February 2011: Presentation to symposium on Tradecraft in Narrative Medicine, Ottawa Medical Schools, Toronto, Canada.

February April and June 2011: Modular course in Narrative Based Clinical Supervision, Israeli Association for Family Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel.

March-November 2012. Modular course in narrative supervision for GP trainers, Norwegian Medical Association, Bergen, Norway.

June 2012. Symposium on future of family medicine, Filosofik Poliklinik, University of Bergen, Norway.

June 2013: Workshops and presentations for Health Education Training Institute, Sydney, Australia; Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

June 2013: Keynote presentation to conference ‘A Narrative Future for Healthcare’, Kings College, London.

August 2013: Keynote Presentation to Second International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions, Prague, Czech Republic.

January 2014: Workshop, Fondazione ISTUD, Milan, Italy

April 2014: Keynote presentation and workshop to conference: ‘Health of Health Professionals’, Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary.

September 2014: Keynote presentation and workshops at General Practice Education and Training Convention, Brisbane, Australia. 

November 2014: Workshop, Danish GP annual convention, Copenhagen, Denmark

July and October 2015: Workshops, Fondazione ISTUD, Milan, Italy

October 2016 (forthcoming): Address to “white coat” (graduation) ceremony, McGill Medical School, Montreal, Canada.