Professor Steve Field (pictured) has been elected Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Dr Clare Gerada and Dr Hasmukh Joshi have been appointed Vice Chairs.
Professor Field is the 20th RCGP chair to be elected by the RCGP Council, and will hold the post for three years.
Professor Field, 48, has a long involvement with the College, and spearheaded the introduction of the first-ever GP training curriculum, which came into force in August this year.
Married with two children, Professor Field is the Regional Postgraduate Dean for NHS West Midlands Workforce Deanery, Honorary Professor of Medical Education at the University of Warwick, and Honorary Professor of the School of Medicine at the University of Birmingham.
Throughout his tenure as Chair, he will continue to work as a GP Partner at the Bellevue Medical Centre in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Professor Field has published many academic papers and books, including a best-selling book on the GP curriculum, and is coauthor of the landmark RCGP document The Future Direction of General Practice: A Roadmap.
He says: "It is an enormous privilege to be appointed Chairman at such a significant and historic time for general practice. As a GP educator and frontline clinician, I am well aware of the of the major challenges – and opportunities – facing modern general practice and am looking forward to working with Dr Gerada and Dr Joshi in taking the RCGP into the next exciting stage of its development."
Dr Gerada, who has written for Management in Practice on ethical issues, has been a GP in Lambeth since 1991. Prior to general practice, Dr Gerada worked in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in South London, specialising in substance misuse. This remains her key professional interest and she is currently a GP specialist in this area, managing patients with heroin and cocaine addiction.
Dr Joshi is an examiner for the College examination, the MRCGP. He is also a lead assessor on the General Medical Council Fitness to Practise Panel and a part-time GP in South Wales.