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New chairman of the AMRC announced

Professor Terence Stephenson is to become the new chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Prof Stephenson will succeed the current chairman Professor Sir Neil Douglas, following the Academy’s council meeting on 25 July 2012. He will remain in post for up to three years.

Prof Stephenson became president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in April 2009 after holding the post of vice-president for Science and Research for several years. He is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

He was formerly Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham, and a non-executive Director of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He is a consultant in general paediatrics and his research reflects his clinical interests in general paediatric medicine and paediatric emergencies. Professor Stephenson has co-authored textbooks, written numerous invited chapters and editorials, and published over 150 peer reviewed papers.

Stephenson said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. I am looking forward to supporting our members across the UK and to working constructively with the government, employers and all our other stakeholders for the benefit of patient care. I consider it both a great responsibility and duty to take on the role of chair.

“Medical Royal Colleges are here to maintain and develop standards of clinical care and medical education for the benefit of patients. I will seek to represent their views clearly and without favour.

“My priorities for the coming years, and what I see as the major issues confronting patients, the public and the profession are quality and standards of care, medical education and training, implementing  revalidation for doctors; workforce planning, public health and prevention, including the work we have begun on obesity, service reconfiguration and how to handle failing hospitals and doctors.”

Professor Sir Neil Douglas, chairman of the Academy, commented: “I am absolutely sure Terence will lead the Academy in a way that will command the support of members and the respect of those we need to influence.”

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3 Responses to “New chairman of the AMRC announced”

  1. Bob Bury says:

    I am absolutely sure Terence will lead the Academy in a way that will command the support of members and the respect of those we need to influence

    Well, let’s hope he makes a better job of finding that balance between pleasing the members and his political masters than the present incumbent did. Then perhaps we can avoid further debacles like the Academy response (or lack of it) to the HSCB.

  2. Malcolm Morrison says:

    ANY doctor ‘leading’ the profession – or ‘representing’ them – MUST put the proper clinical care of patients as their number one priority. The next most important matter is the proper education and training of doctors (who will provvide care in the future). If he (or they) confine themselves to these two items, and refuse to be diverted by ‘political expediency’, they will find the profession, and the patients, will follow.

  3. joshek says:

    ok, the man says: “Medical Royal Colleges are here to maintain and develop standards of clinical care and medical education for the benefit of patients.” there is a bit missing here: like the gmc, the colleges and this academy tell doctors what to do in ever greater detail. all the while the reality of medical care is that it is more and more delivered by non-doctors following protocols and nothing else. the doctors are then left with carrying the can and picking up the pieces. no patient will notice if this academy and all its associated grandees will disappear tomorrow.

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