There are six nationally-elected posts on Council each year (for a term of three years) which are voted for by RCGP members.
“It was a tough field this year with many very worthy candidates so I feel particularly honoured – and more than a bit surprised – to have been voted in by my peers. I think I was nominated for my involvement in establishing the first GP trainees’ committee as a strong voice within RCGP. I chaired the committee from 2008 to 2009 and went on to lead a new initiative called ‘First5’ which gives a voice and support to new GPs.”
“It is really important for GPs to be aware of and engage in research and teaching in general practice and my place on RCGP council will hopefully continue to complement my clinical academic work at the University of Birmingham.” Clare’s current research is in the area of heart failure and has an interest in atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation.
The fellowship allowed me to continue my clinical academic career. In addition to my cardiovascular research, I have also published on academic training and the educational needs of new GPs and my academic background helped me to do that.
- Dr Clare Taylor