Clare Gerada

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Clare Gerada
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Clare Gerada 2011
Born Clare Mary Louise Francis Gerada
November 1959 (age 57–58)
Citizenship British
Education UCL Medical School
Years active 1982–present
Known for Chair of RCGP
Medical career
Profession doctor
Field General Practitioner
Specialism mental health
substance misuse

Clare Mary Louise Francis Gerada, Lady Wessely, MBE (born November 1959) is a London-based general practitioner who was Chair of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2010–2013. She has professional interests in mental health and substance misuse.

She is a Covenor of the cross-party political movement, More United.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gerada was born in Nigeria although her father came from Malta, and the family moved to the United Kingdom in 1963.[2] Her father opened a singlehanded GP practice in Peterborough.[3][4]

Medical career[edit]

She qualified in medicine at UCL Medical School in 1982.[5] She then trained in psychiatry and worked at the Maudsley Hospital in south London.[2][5]

She qualified as a GP in 1992.[5] She started work in general practice in Lambeth, London, in 1992.[6]

Gerada cites her main interests of work as being around mental health and substance misuse and has spent over her professional career leading the development of primary care substance (alcohol, drugs) services in England.

She has also been Director of Primary Care for the National Clinical Governance Team and Senior Medical Advisor to the Department of Health,[6] and is Medical Director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, which provides confidential medical advice for doctors and dentists.[7]

In 2000, she established the Substance Misuse Unit at the RCGP.[2]

She is one of the partners in the Hurley Group which runs a number of GP practices and walk-in centres across London.[8]

In November 2010 she became Chair of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners for a three years term of office.[6] She was the college's first female Chair for 50 years, the previous female Chair having been Dr Annis Gillie.[9][dead link]

In September 2013 she was appointed as the Chair of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region), to take up the position the following month.[10] She resigned from this position in April 2015 so she could speak out against what she calls the Conservatives' "desperate quest for privatisation".[11]

In April 2016, she was elected to the council of the Council of the British Medical Association (BMA).[12]

In September 2016 she was named as one of the Liberal Democrats' "new Beveridge group" of advisers.[13] She had been a lifelong supporter of the Labour Party until the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016.[14]

Awards and honours[edit]

Gerada is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Member and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.[15]

She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2000 Birthday Honours "for service to medicine and to drug misusers".[16]

In 2012 she was made an honorary member of Malta's National Order of Merit.[17]

In February 2012 she appeared in the BBC Radio 4 series Great Lives, nominating Vera Brittain.[18]

In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[19]

On 29 March 2013, she appeared on BBC Radio 4s 'Any Questions?' which was broadcast from St. George's Chapel, Chatham. It was presented by Ritula Shah and the others guests were; Tom Newton Dunn, the political editor of The Sun newspaper, Lord Trimble (Irish Politician) and Angela Eagle (Labour Party MP).[20] On 13 May 2013 she debated the NHS with Chris Skidmore MP on BBC's The Politics Show.[21]

In 2013, 2014 and 2015 she appeared in the London Evening Standard's "top 1000 influential Londoners" feature, voted for by members of the public.[22][23][24]

She was named as one of the "top 500 Influential Britons" by The Sunday Times and Debrett's in January 2014,[25] and number 4 in Health.[26]

Personal life[edit]

She married Simon Wessely, who became a professor of psychiatry and was knighted in 2013.[27]


  1. ^ "The team". Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Campbell, Adam (1 April 2011). "Profile: Clare Gerada". Summons. MDDUS (Spring 2011): 12–13. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Observations. BMJ Confidential. Clare Gerada: Best move was "getting into drugs"". BMJ. 347: :f6192. 16 October 2013. doi:10.1136/bmj.f6192. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Elmhirst, Sophie (14 November 2011). "The NS Interview: Clare Gerada, physician". New Statesman. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Professor Clare Gerada: How does she do it?". Pulse. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Clare Gerada Biography". RCGP. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "The PHP1 Team". Practitioner Health Programme. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "About us: GP partners". Hurley Group. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "College elects first female Chair for half a century". Royal College of General Practitioners. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Price, Caroline (5 September 2013). "Gerada set for NHS England role to 'transform' primary care in London". Pulse. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Lind, Sofia (30 April 2015). "Gerada quits NHS England to be able to speak out on NHS privatisation". Pulse. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Roberts, Neil (15 April 2016). "Former RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada among doctors elected to BMA council". GP Online. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Campbell, Denis (16 September 2016). "Lib Dems poised to back dedicated tax to help rescue NHS". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  14. ^ Staunton, Denis (24 April 2017). "Lib Dems energised by sound of Brexit opportunity knocking". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Dr Clare Gerada". Nuffield Trust. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Full list of honours". The Independent. London. 17 June 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Republic Day honours and awards". Malta Independent. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "Vera Brittain". BBC Great Lives. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  19. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
  20. ^ "BBC RADIO 4s Any Questions? to broadcast from Medway". Medway Couuncil. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Politics Show on NHS reforms". BBC News. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Power 1000- London's most influential people: crusaders, health". London Evening Standard. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "The 1000 – London's most influential people 2014: Innovators". London Evening Standard. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2015 – Thinkers". 16 September 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  25. ^ "Debrett's 500: Healthcare: Prof Clare Gerada MBE". Debrett's. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
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  27. ^ "New Year honours 2013: the full list". The Guardian. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

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