Chair of the NHS AssemblyProfessor Clare Gerada is a London GP and clinical chair of the NHS Assembly, created to advise the Boards of NHS England and NHS Improvement on implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan. She is also a former chair of RCGP Council.
Professor Gerada is medical director of the Practitioner Health Programme, a confidential, self-referral NHS service for doctors and dentists with mental illness and addiction problems. She has been a GP since 1992 when she became a partner at the Hurley Clinic in Lambeth, central London. Previously she worked in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, specialising in substance misuse.
Professor Gerada’s leadership positions include director of primary care for the National Clinical Governance Team and senior medical adviser to the Department of Health. From 2010 to 2013 she was chair of council at the RCGP and was named one of Britain’s top 100 most influential women by BBC Women’s Hour. From 2013 to 2015 she chaired the Clinical Board for Primary Care Transformation at NHS England’s London Region.
Professor Gerada was awarded an MBE for her services to medicine and substance misuse in the Millennium Birthday Honours.
Professor Gerada will speak in The Saturday Debate on 26 October, opposing the motion: ‘This house believes that the future of general practice lies in the partnership model’. She is also a speaker on Friday in the session F4, entitled: How many ‘Likes’ does it take to make a good doctor? Exploring the impact of social media on our mental health.