The 2016 Stevens lecture: The GMC as a 21st century patient safety organisation


Monday 16 May 2016


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Most people think of the GMC as the policeman of the profession but their role is much broader. The GMC’s primary purpose is to protect patients.’ Professor Terence Stephenson will discuss his experience of safety in different industries, including healthcare, aviation, oil and gas and how safer medicines and environments are making a difference in health services.

Professor Stephenson will explain how the GMC’s work can make patient care safer through:

  • Determining which doctors are licensed to practise in the UK through the Medical Licensing Assessment and PLAB
  • Determining which doctors remain licensed to practise in the UK through revalidation of doctors
  • Easier access to GMC guidance to help doctors practise safe medicine
  • Fairer, swifter Fitness to Practise processes to deal with unsafe doctors
  • Supporting whistle blowing of unsafe services

About Professor Terence Stephenson

Professor Terence Stephenson is Chair of the General Medical Council for the period of 2015-2018. He was formerly Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges for 2012-2014 and President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2009-2012.

Professor Stephenson is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Co-Director of the Children’s Policy Research Unit. He has been elected an honorary Fellow of ten colleges or academies, in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia.

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 an Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics at University College London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital London and has Co-Authored seven textbooks. His research has mainly been in physiology of early life and acute paediatric illness and Professor Stephenson and published over 275 peer reviewed papers, editorials and chapters. As a researcher he has received over £8 million in funding. 


5.45 pm


6.30 pm

Welcome address

Mr B Sethia, President, Royal Society of Medicine

6.35 pm

Stevens lecture: The GMC as a 21st century patient safety organisation

Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair, GMC

7.20 pm

Discussion time

7.30 pm

Vote of thanks

7.35 pm

Drinks reception

Open to all attendees

8.15 pm

Buffet supper

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