Dame Clare Gerada
Medical Director NHS Practitioner Health Programme, highly respected General Practitioner and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2010 to 2013, UK
After qualifying in medicine Dame Clare trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, before following in her father’s footsteps to become a General Practitioner. She has worked in her South London practice for 30 years. During this time, alongside her clinical practice, she has held a number of national leadership positions and has led the way in reforming how drug users are managed in general practice. She was awarded an MBE in 2000 for her services to medicine and substance misuse.
She has been instrumental in the development of services for doctors and dentists with mental health problems and is the Medical Director of NHS Practitioner Health. This service has been hugely impactful, particularly on young doctors and consequently on the patients they look after and the teams in which they work. The service was awarded Outstanding by CQC rating in March 2019. Dame Clare has also established a service for problem gamblers and chairs the newly formed registered charity, Doctors in Distress. She is also co-chair of the NHS Assembly and was awarded a DBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.