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 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.