About this event

  • Date and time Wed 9 Jun 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Professor Dame Carol Black

Professor Dame Carol Black, Chair of the British Library and Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better will be joining Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, for a conversation about her career, how she established an internationally renowned centre for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases at the Royal Free Hospital, her recent independent government review into the supply and demand of illicit drugs in England, and her thoughts and professional experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Professor Dame Carol Black DBE FRCP FMedSci has chaired the British Library since September 2018 and chairs the Boards of the Centre for Ageing Better and Think Ahead, the fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She is an Expert Adviser on health and work to NHS England/Improvement and Public Health England and until August 2019 was Principal of Newnham College Cambridge. She is a member of Rand Europe’s Council of Advisors, the Board of the Institute for Employment Studies, the Board of UK Active, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve.

She has authored three independent reviews for the UK Government: of the health of the working-age population in 2008, as National Director for Health and Work; of sickness absence in Britain in 2011, as co-chair; and of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, in 2016.    She is currently working on a fourth independent review for the Government, of illicit drugs in England:  Part 1 on supply and demand, and the market for drugs, was published in February 2020, and Part 2 on prevention, treatment and recovery will be published in 2021.  

Dame Carol is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and past-Chair of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma.

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