Dame Clare Gerada, highly respected General Practitioner and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2010 to 2013, will be joining Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones, President of the RSM Psychiatry Section, for an insightful conversation about her career, her interests in addiction, COVID-19 and the mental strain on medical professionals, and the need for developing better ‘psychological PPE’. She will be also talking about her latest book ‘Beneath the White Coat: Doctors, Their Minds and Mental Health’, and the charity Doctors in Distress.
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.
Dame Clare has led the way in developing services for doctors and dentists with mental health problems, establishing and leading NHS Practitioner Health since 2008. This has been, not only a world first, but massively impactful, particularly on young doctors and consequently on the patients they look after and the teams in which they work.
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