Dr Neil Haughton
MA(Birkbeck), BSc(Hons)(St And), MB BChir(Cantab),
DCH, DRCOG, FRCGP(Lond)
Originally from Manchester, Dr Neil Haughton attended St Andrews University graduating BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry; he then attended Magdalene College, Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he qualified in 1990. During his time at Cambridge he was President of the Clinical School Drama Society and conducted research into diabetes care in Fiji. He completed his vocational training in general practice in Canterbury and Whitstable, acquiring diplomas in child health and obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1995.
He gained hospital experience in paediatrics, cancer treatment, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, general and emergency medicine, as well as working in local general practices in Kent. He then moved to London where he joined the HIV/AIDS unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington as a Research Fellow recruiting for trials of anti-HIV drugs, before becoming Medical Director of the London Lighthouse Hospice off Ladbroke Grove.
He joined the Notting Hill Practice (as it then was) in 1999, becoming a director in 2003, and was instrumental in developing the practice and services we have today at The Portobello Clinic. As well as his experience above, his interests include health screening, especially men’s health, and has developed links with Harley Street clinics to facilitate a premier screening service. He has also established sexual health screening protocols with our laboratory providing advanced levels of investigation.
In 2013 he was elected onto the Council of The Independent Doctors’ Federation (IDF) becoming Chairman of its GP Committee in 2015. This organisation provides representation of the independent medical sector at all levels including government, and Dr Haughton himself has negotiated with the Care Quality Commission to ensure fair inspection of private clinics. He has also lectured on numerous topics at IDF conferences. In March 2019 he took on the role of IDF President.
Dr Haughton is strongly committed to the principle of continuity of care in general practice and the advantage of knowing patients and their families over many years; sadly becoming a rare feature in modern NHS care. He has also built up a network of specialists at the top of their field who can provide first rate hospital treatment should the need arise; and can provide rapid access to state of the art scanners and blood analysis to facilitate diagnosis as early as possible.
In May 2018 Dr Haughton was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners and maintains active contact with the College and its officers.
Outside medicine he has an interest in art and antiquity collecting, having obtained an MA in Renaissance Studies at Birkbeck College, London in 2004. He also spends summers and whatever time he can spare renovating a medieval village house in South West France.