Join us remotely for a digital panel discussion in association with College of Medicine and Living Medicine where we explore the role that food can, and should, play in health and medicine.

Tickets £5 or Free for key workers.

Please note this is a remote digital workshop and will require you to use the video conferencing system "Zoom". There is no option to attend in person. Please stay safe by staying at home.

Thank you for your interest in this event. We are delighted to say that the topic has been very popular and that we have now sold out of tickets.

Due to the popularity of the event, we will be live-streaming on YouTube, but please be aware that you will not be able to interact or ask questions and that we cannot guarantee the quality of the stream.

To access this live stream visit the Chelsea Physic Garden YouTube Channel at the time the event is listed.


Chair: Michael Dooley

Michael Dooley is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. He is medical director of the Poundbury Clinic an Integrated Health Clinic which has centres in London and in Dorchester. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Treasurer of the College of Medicine and a Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

Simon Y. Mills MA FCPP FNIMH
Simon Mills is a University of Cambridge medical sciences graduate who has been a herbal practitioner in Exeter UK since 1977. Among many accomplishments, he co-founded the world’s first university centre for studying complementary health at Exeter, was Special Adviser to the House of Lords report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and coordinated a national Department of Health project ‘Integrated Self Care in Family Practice’ which pioneered many of the elements of ‘social prescription’. He is an acknowledged and widely published authority on herbal medicine and since 2016 has been Herbal Strategist at Pukka Herbs. He is Self Care Lead at the College of Medicine.

Alex Laird BSc FCPP Medical herbalist

In 2000 Alex set up the first herbal clinic in a hospital dermatology department at Whipps Cross in East London, where she is a tutor-practitioner for Heartwood. She has also practised for the past 20 years at Breast Cancer Haven in London, and runs a private clinic. She is a visiting lecturer at universities for herbal and medical students and published herbal medicine research.  Alex founded Living Medicine (, a health education charity. Its medical herbalists run practical self-care programmes to reskill people in how to use food and plants safely for their everyday healthcare, exchanging knowledge between all cultures. 

Dr Michael Dixon, LVO, OBE, MA, FRCGP

Michael is a Devon GP and has held numerous national leadership roles including:- The first Chair of NHS Alliance (1998-2016), President of NHS Clinical Commissioners and as a leader within the GP/clinical commissioning movement.  He is currently Chair of the College of Medicine, Clinical Champion for Social Prescription (NHS England), Chair of The Institute for Social Prescription and Medical Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales.  He is Visiting Professor at University College London and at the University of Westminster, a Senior Fellow in Public Policy (University of Birmingham) and an Honorary Senior Fellow Lecturer (Peninsula Medical School Exeter). 

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