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Gerada standing unopposed for RCGP president role

RCGP president

Former RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada is standing as the sole candidate to become the organisation’s new president.

This will be the first time in the college’s 70 year history that a candidate has stood unopposed for the role of president.

As a result, the RCGP Governance Committee has advised that a confirmation ballot nevertheless be held in order to ‘demonstrate transparency’ in the process and ‘promote a mandate’. 

Professor Gerada is set to take over when outgoing RCGP president Professor Amanda Howe’s current term ends this November.

Professor Gerada previously served as chair of the RCGP from 2010 to 2013, and has also sat on the BMA and GPC councils.

The London-based GP is highly regarded for her focus on GPs’ mental health, and is the chair for Doctors in Distress and medical director for NHS Practitioner Health

She was awarded a damehood in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours ‘for services to general practice’.

The RCGP, unlike other medical royal colleges, has both a president and a chair of council. 

The president acts as the ceremonial and constitutional head of the college internally and as an ambassador for outside activities, but has no sole executive powers, and is not usually involved in strategy and policy issues.


terry sullivan 1 July, 2021 5:56 pm

shes govt stooge?

John Graham Munro 1 July, 2021 9:07 pm

My dear professor—-when do you find the time?—–what with your surgery ‘an all

John Glasspool 1 July, 2021 9:29 pm

I think Clare has done more to try and help GP than anyone else in the Colllege.

David jenkins 2 July, 2021 12:48 am

i resigned as an “associate” of the RCGP after they made jamie oliver – a chef for god’s sake – an honorary fellow.

i can’t put MRCGP aafter my name unless i take an exam, which i haven’t got time to do because……………i am too busy running my single handed, rural, dispensing, general practice, while running off one lung. yet they elect a chef as a fellow !!!

hardly surprising “the college” isn’t taken seriously !!!

Clare Gerada 2 July, 2021 10:18 am

David. The College is trying to get the grandfather clause in for this who haven’t done the exam but have worked so well for our profession. Also. You can get MRCGP now without taking the exam if it wasn’t compulsory when you started working. You have to apply and it’s taken on merit. If you want email me off line.
just to be clear. I’m 61. I still do GP (doing full remote clinic this Sunday and Monday).


Clare Gerada 2 July, 2021 10:22 am

Terry. Are you a real Doctor ?
I don’t think you are.

Slobber Dog 2 July, 2021 10:37 am

I think the problem is that both the college and it’s exam are struggling to make themselves relevant to GPs currently practising .

John Graham Munro 2 July, 2021 12:16 pm

Clare ——-two days a week?—–steady on now old girl—-surely you have more ”gongs to collect

James Cuthbertson 2 July, 2021 1:00 pm

So is MRCGP membership of the college or passing AKT/CSA? Because people can pass the exams but still be told they need to keep paying to use the title MRCGP, but others can pay membership and not use the title as the exams didn’t exist for them?

john mccormack 2 July, 2021 3:05 pm

I will abstain following your previous very disappointing article defending the (now proven racially discriminant) GMC over their management of doctors with mental health problems. I know some doctors who would strongly beg to differ.

Patrufini Duffy 2 July, 2021 3:33 pm

If you ask 100 GPs who is Amanda Howe, 99% will say Who-ey?!! Guaranteed.

That sums it up. But it’s been a good laugh and good wine, on international RCGP trips and quality hotels at your expense. This doesn’t need more casual Professors. It needs people with purpose, grind, clarity and belief reality, not hypothesis and dictat. Perhaps it will be a right appointment…who knows.

Clare Gerada 3 July, 2021 8:01 am

Sorry you didn’t like my piece, John.
It was a very personal article about my father – an IMG
It was hard to write and was not about the GMC – I’ve written about them in the past and If you check I have also called for them to change.

Re Amanda – I am not sure she has been on single overseas tour , had a single glass of wine or meal on the College. There has been a pandemic.


Dave Haddock 3 July, 2021 1:25 pm

Quite why anyone who doesn’t have to be is a member is a mystery.

Thomas Robinson 3 July, 2021 6:57 pm

We live in unprecedented times
The professor has documented the rising tide of nervous breakdowns in the profession
The Daily Mail has reported the rising tide of dissatisfaction with the profession.

The college has an absolute unassailable stranglehold on training. Dictating the curriculum, the training methods, the agenda, and of course setting the entry examination.

So what if the professor experiences an unprecedented, Damascan conversion. What if she saw the light and realised, it is the college that is the problem.All powerful, it is the cancer at the heart of British medicine.

Am I the only one to see a conflict of interest here.

Andrew Jackson 4 July, 2021 8:30 am

I left the RCGP 2 years ago after being a member for 20 years (probably over £10k of membership fees) because I felt they are presiding over the death of the GP professional role.
I work in a practice of 15 GPs and nobody feels able to work full time which is absolutely ridiculous.
I have no friends in any other job where this is the case.
There is no genuine job offer for a young GP who wants a long career working full time. It has become about survival and reduced sessions due to work intensity.
Most Consultants have a 10+ PA contract.
Continuity of care has collapsed due to PT work which has exacerbated efficiency issues.
All the ARRS staff working for us are full time because they have proper workload control.
Many of my friends in their 50s are going soon.
I’m not sure what the RCGP stands for, because it has done nothing to improve the lot of front line GPs.
It needs to look at the models of the GP role that are best for the GPs long term and advocate that this is implemented.
This may lead to the collapse of GP access and therefore force a hard look at the role of primary care but this is happening anyway.
I hope CG can steer the college away from an ivory tower organisation to that of something that every front line GP can see is relevant to them and worth supporting.

Dave Haddock 5 July, 2021 12:57 pm

RCGP has long been part of the problem.