Dr Alka Patel
Lifestyle Medicine Physician
MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, DCH, DFFP,DCH, DPD, PGCERT, DAPCM, DIP IBLM/BSLM
I am a Lifestyle Medicine Physician, Health Coach and GP.
I am the Founder of Lifestyle First® and the Creator of The Lifestyle First Method®
My passion project is: to sew the seeds of lifestyle medicine into everyday conversations, to embed the roots of health into daily living, to create a canopy of self care across communities and to flourish on the fruits of connectivity.
My approach to healthcare is centered on the knowledge that much disease is preventable, reversible and reducible and that health lies in self-care and valuing lifestyle first.
My approach focuses highly on patient motivation and I empower individuals to achieve a sustainable healthy and happy lifestyle aligned to personal and professional goals. I use a combined medical and coaching approach so that patients gain a firmer understanding of their health and the aspects they can modify through a goal-setting, habit-based approach.
It’s not just about advising patients on what to do – it’s supporting them in how to do it.
Through my own extensive reading and research I have created The Lifestyle First Method® – a 10 point plan to unlock the potential for a life of optimal health and happiness and through this I am able to provide my patients with a Lifestyle First Prescription® – without pills!
Following 20 years as a well-established NHS GP I am also now a practicing Lifestyle Medicine Physician offering Lifestyle Medicine Consultations and Health Coaching Programmes to patients who want to take back control of their health. I offer more specific coaching programmes on weight loss through habit change and on utilising the pioneering field of epigenetics to reduce biological ageing through a tailored lifestyle approach.
In addition, I support organisations in seeking creative solutions that push boundaries towards new possibilities in the delivery of innovative healthcare.
I qualified from Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in 1990 and completed my GP training in 1999, achieving a distinction in my membership exams for the Royal College of General Practitioners. I have a broad range of clinical experience, with Diplomas in family planning, obstetrics and gynaecology, child health and dermatology as well as the Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management, focusing on collaborative healthcare and leadership. I have a particular clinical interest in the prevention and reversal of diabetes.
I hold the Diploma for the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine/British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and an accredited coaching qualification with the National Society of Health Coaches.
GP Practitioner Health, GP Babylon, Portfolio GP Hertfordshire and Northwest London
Three children, a husband and a little Maltese puppy keep me fit and active, healthy and happy!