New RCGP chair named

DR Helen Stokes-Lampard has been named as the new chair of the RCGP.

She will take over from current Chair of Council Professor Maureen Baker in November.

Dr Stokes-Lampard beat three other candidates who ran for the top job: Dr Tim Ballard, Dr Sunil Gupta and Professor Martin Marshall.

She became a fellow of the College in 2010 and has served as honorary treasurer since November 2012. She is a GP partner at Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, near Birmingham, and Head of Academic Primary Care Teaching at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Stokes-Lampard said she was delighted to be taking on the role and paid tribute to the “excellent work” done by Dr Baker and her predecessor Professor Clare Gerada. She pledged to “be a voice for GPs across the country and ensure that our profession is strong for the future of the NHS and patient care.”

She added: “The work the College has been doing to secure the GP Forward View in England, and the ongoing Put patients first: Back general practice campaign in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales calling for more resources for our profession has been incredibly significant in putting general practice back on the map, and it is an honour to have been entrusted with continuing this vital work.”