MBE FRCP FRCPsych FRCGP
Clare Gerada 2011
Clare Mary Louise Francis Gerada|
November 1959 (age 58)
|Citizenship||British and Maltese|
|Education||UCL Medical School|
|Known for||chairperson of RCGP|
Clare Mary Louise Francis Gerada, Lady Wessely MBE FRCP FRCGP FRCPsych (born November 1959) is a London-based general practitioner who was chairperson of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2010 to 2013. She has professional interests in mental health and substance misuse.
Clare Gerada was born in Nigeria although her father came from Malta, and the family moved to the United Kingdom in 1963. Her father opened a sole trader general practitioner practice in Peterborough.
She qualified as a GP in 1992 and started work in general practice in Lambeth, London, the same year. She 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. In 2000, she established the Substance Misuse Unit at the RCGP.
She has also been Director of Primary Care for the National Clinical Governance Team and Senior Medical Advisor to the Department of Health, and is Medical Director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, which provides confidential medical advice for doctors and dentists.
In November 2010 she became chairperson of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners for a three years term of office. She was the college's first female chairperson for 50 years, the previous female chairperson having been Dr Annis Gillie.
In September 2013 she was appointed as the chairperson of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region), to take up the position the following month. She resigned from this position in April 2015 so she could speak out against what she calls the Conservatives' "desperate quest for privatisation".
In September 2016 she was named as one of the Liberal Democrats' "new Beveridge group" of advisers. She had been a lifelong supporter of the Labour Party until the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016.
Awards and honours
- 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.
- 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".
- In 2012 she was made an honorary member of Malta's National Order of Merit.
- In February 2012 she appeared in the BBC Radio 4 series Great Lives, nominating Vera Brittain.
- 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.
- On 29 March 2013, she appeared on BBC Radio 4s 'Any Questions?' which was broadcast from St. George's Chapel, Chatham.
- On 13 May 2013 she debated the NHS with Chris Skidmore MP on BBC's The Politics Show.
- She was named as one of the "top 500 Influential Britons" by The Sunday Times and Debrett's in January 2014, and number 4 in Health.
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