Chris Elfes

Dr Chris Elfes was a Wessex PSW case manager between 2012 and 2017 and became a Wessex PSW Specialist Support Group (SSG) Exam expert in 2020.

Chris was a GP Partner for 20 years in two very different Health Centres across Dorset. He has created a portfolio career which is now part-time clinical general practice, combined with a variety of regional and national roles. In the past Chris has been a Training Programme Director (TPD) and Appraiser.

Chris is the national assessment lead for the the Membership of the Royal College of General Practice (MRCGP) Applied Knowledge Test, has been a College examiner for 16 years and was Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) eLearning Essential Knowledge Update and Essential Knowledge Challenge Programmes.

Chris has developed a strong interest in medical education, standards and assessment, as well as wanting to support doctors in postgraduate training to efficiently maximize their training opportunities. His combined wealth of experience and understanding of regional training expectations give Chris a balanced, calm approach to problem-solving and a realistic approach to exams.

Despite (or perhaps because of) Chris’ experience, he is aware of his own limitations and those of others, more generally within the wider healthcare system.

Chris remains passionate and proud to be a doctor in the UK and is convinced that doctors need guidance and support from other working doctors to survive and thrive, both within and outside the modern NHS.

In his spare time, Chris loves to be with his family and dog, but can be found most weekends near a beach… either sea swimming, sailing or walking.