Yvonne Carter

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Yvonne Carter
Born Yvonne Helen Carter
(1959-04-16)16 April 1959
Died 20 October 2009(2009-10-20) (aged 50)
Cause of death Breast cancer
Alma mater St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London
Occupation Dean of Warwick Medical School
Spouse(s) Dr. Michael Bannon (1988-2009; her death); 1 son

Yvonne Helen Carter CBE DL FRCGP FMedSci (16 April 1959 – 20 October 2009) was a British general practitioner (GP or family doctor) and Dean of the Warwick Medical School, a post she took up in 2004, after being the Vice-Dean. Warwick Medical School is Britain's first medical school to only accept applications from graduates.

Her career as a GP spanned 20 years, practising in a succession of inner city communities in Liverpool, Birmingham, East London and, until 2007, in Coventry. She was also an academic GP and Honorary Consultant in Primary Care at Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust and a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. She was also Chair of the Comprehensive Local Research Network for West Midlands (South).

She was a Non-Executive Director of University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement at the University of Warwick.[1] In 2008 she was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of the West Midlands.

Medical career[edit]

Carter attended Notre Dame High School in Liverpool. She first trained at London's St Mary's Hospital Medical School[2] graduating in 1983 with a distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

She completed a General Practice Vocational Training Scheme in Liverpool and became a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in 1987. In 1990 she became an Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University and was awarded a three-year Royal College of General Practitioners Research Training Fellowship. She was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine in 1994 by the University of London. In the same year she was awarded a Fellowship of the RCGP.[citation needed]

From 1992-96 she was a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the University of Birmingham's Department of General Practice. She became the youngest Professor of General Practice and Primary Care in the UK when she took up post as Chair and Head of Department at Barts Hospital and the Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1996. In 2001, she became Head of the Division of Community Sciences and in 2002, following restructuring in the School, became Director of the Institute of Community Health Sciences.[citation needed]

National roles[edit]

In 1998 she was elected as a founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.[3] She was a Member of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 1994-2004. From 1996-2001 she was the RGCP's Chairman of Research and was also a member of the RGCP Council's Executive Committee. From 1995-96 she was the Clinical Director of the Quality Network; from 1995-97 she was a member of the Commissioning of Care Task Force and from 1998-2000 she was a member of the Health Inequalities Group. She is an elected member of the Council of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She has also served as a Governor of the Health Foundation and a member of the General Medical Council's Quality Assurance of Basic Medical Education visiting team.[citation needed]

She was Governor of the Health Foundation from 1999-2007. From 1999-2004 she chaired the commissioning panel for the NHS National Primary Care R&D awards. She has also been involved in the development of the Department of Health Strategy on Research Governance. She was a member of the Appraisal Committee of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence from 1998-2001 and a member of the National Screening Committee from 1999-2003.

Awards and recognition[edit]


Carter married Michael Bannon,[2] a paediatrician and medical academic, in 1988. They had one child, a son, Christopher.


Yvonne Carter was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and died from the disease on 20 October 2009, aged 50. She was survived by her husband, son, and a sister, Alma and elder sister Joan.


  1. ^ a b "Staff: Professor Yvonne Carter". Warwick Medical School. 
  2. ^ a b Arnot, Chris (19 April 2005). "Yvonne Carter: Dean, doctor and patient". The Guardian. London. 
  3. ^ "Deceased Fellows". Academy of Medical Sciences. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dean of Warwick Medical School Wins CBI First Women Science Award" (Press release). Warwick Medical School. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 7. 

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