The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges today announces the appointment of Professor Terence Stephenson as its new Chairman elect. Professor Stephenson will succeed the current Chairman Professor Sir Neil Douglas, following the Academy Council meeting on 25 July 2012. He will remain in post for up to three years.
Professor Stephenson became President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in April 2009 after holding the post of Vice-president for Science and Research for several years. He is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. Professor Stephenson was formerly Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham, and a non-executive Director of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
He is a consultant in general paediatrics and his research reflects his clinical interests in general paediatric medicine and paediatric emergencies. Professor Stephenson has co-authored textbooks, written numerous invited chapters and editorials, and published over 150 peer reviewed papers.
Speaking on his election, Professor Stephenson said:
I am honoured and delighted to have been elected chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal colleges.
I am looking forward to supporting our members across the UK and to working constructively with the Government, employers and all our other stakeholders for the benefit of patient care. I consider it both a great responsibility and duty to take on the role of Chair.
Medical Royal Colleges are here to maintain and develop standards of clinical care and medical education for the benefit of patients. I will seek to represent their views clearly and without favour.
My priorities for the coming years, and what I see as the major issues confronting patients, the public and the profession are quality and standards of care, medical education and training, implementing revalidation for doctors; workforce planning, public health and prevention, including the work we have begun on obesity, service reconfiguration and how to handle failing hospitals and doctors.
I would like to pay tribute to Professor Sir Neil Douglas, the current Chairman, for his outstanding leadership of the Academy over the last three years. He has demonstrated great skill and judgement and earned the respect of members and those we work with"
Professor Sir Neil Douglas, Chairman of the Academy said:
I am absolutely sure Terence will lead the Academy in a way that will command the support of members and the respect of those we need to influence."