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UK's RCGP names new CEO

The Royal College of General Practitioners has appointed Neil Hunt as its new CEO, while new chair, Dr Clare Gerada, outlines the eight key priorities for her tenure
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has appointed Neil Hunt as its new chief executive, while its new chair, Dr Clare Gerada, outlines the eight key priorities for her tenure.

Joining the RCGP from his post as chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, Neil Hunt will succeed the current chief executive, Hilary De Lyon, in January 2011. 

Neil was seconded to the Home Office in 2002 and then to the Department for Education, where he led several strategic initiatives. Prior to that he spent 11 years at leading children's charity, the NSPCC, in various senior roles, including member of the executive board.

Meanwhile, the RCGP's other high-level appointment, Dr Gerada, began her first week as RCGP chair on November 22 by announcing: preserving the role of the generalist; extending the training of GPs from three to five years; and encouraging leadership in General Practice as her priorities for 2011-2014.

Dr Gerada stated: "I fully support placing clinicians at the centre of commissioning decisions; general practitioners have been calling for this for more than ten years, and now we have the opportunity to make real decisions about the healthcare we provide for our patients.

"We need to meet the challenges of change while keeping patients' needs and concerns at the heart of all we do. The College is looking forward to working constructively with the Department of Health, the Royal Colleges, patient groups and other stakeholders to help shape the reforms to meet the needs of patients, the public and the NHS."

Other priorities for the new chair include promoting healthy living and reducing social and health inequalities, with a particular focus on preventing domestic violence, improving sexual health, reducing harm from substance misuse and alcohol and tackling the harm caused by gambling and other non-drug addictions; supporting people with people with mental health issues; and carrying forward the College's extensive international work.
 
The RCGP's new Centre for Commissioning, which was announced in October, and will be launched in December 2010, will be central to supporting the delivery of health services for excellent patient care. The Centre is a response to the opportunities of the NHS reforms in England and aims to help GPs lead both the development of community-based services and the effective use of commissioning to provide better, integrated care.

22nd November 2010

From: Healthcare

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