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Academy of Medical Royal Colleges elects new Chair

Members of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have elected Dr Jeanette Dickson, immediate past president of the Royal College of Radiologists to succeed Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard as its Chair of Council. The term of office lasts three years and starts on July 6 at the Academy’s Summer Council.

Dr Dickson, who has served as vice-chair at the Academy with responsibility for medical education and training, said,

‘I am delighted to have been elected to the post although Helen will be an extremely hard act to follow. Her leadership in these difficult times has been exemplary. By any measure there are enormous challenges ahead and I look forward to working closely with colleagues and the team at the Academy to make sure the voice of the medical profession is heard when it comes to critical matters such as workforce, doctors’ education and training and most important of all, the quality of care we can give to patients.’

Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard, the Academy’s current Chair said,

‘I know Jeanette will do a fantastic job because she delivered so much with the education and training brief. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to be strong and united if we are to overcome the difficulties healthcare staff and patients are facing every day and Jeanette is well-placed to deliver this collegiate approach precisely because she is so well regarded not just by members, but also in Westminster and Whitehall. I look forward to working with her in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.’

The Academy’s Chair of Trustees, Professor Andrew Eder said,

‘I am really delighted to congratulate Jeanette on her election as the next Chair of the Academy’s Council. We have known one another professionally for some years and her experience and proven leadership skills will be a tremendous asset. And while Helen Stokes-Lampard has been an exceptional Chair I know too that Jeanette will also do a tremendous job in leading the Academy to the next stage of its development.’