Hugh van’t Hoff
Hugh has fused his interests in the arts, philosophy and medicine over many years. After an extra year at medical school studying philosophy and psychology he spent several years working in hospital medicine until his outlook was profoundly altered by post-graduate training in tropical medicine. Here he learnt about the narrowness of traditional western medical teaching set against the wide context of international public health.
Rather than travelling with this new knowledge, he began applying his understanding immediately in inner city Bristol during his training as a GP. This was where Facts4Life was born – a unique approach to health literacy and resilience combining the expertise of multiple sectors.
The ideas within the project have developed and grown since, crucially supported by Hugh’s continuing commitment to his work in general practice. He learns as much about teaching from the educational team at Facts4Life as he does contribute medical ideas. The ability to bring together the professions of teaching and medicine continue to generate multiple mutual benefits, and Hugh has seen the nurturing approach of teachers profoundly alter his attitudes to the practice of medicine. This dynamic two-way process is now thriving, driven by Hugh’s commitment to enable the Facts4Life team to embed its ongoing learning in the worlds of both teaching and general practice to the benefit of all.