RCGP chairwoman wins woman of achievement award

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada has won a prestigious award for women in the City.

Dr Gerada: 'I am truly honoured to be involved in this event recognising the massive achievements made – in all sectors – by women.'

Dr Clare Gerada won the Medicine and Healthcare category for the 2011 Women in the City - Woman of Achievement Award.

The Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award has seven categories. It aims to recognise the outstanding contribution women make to the City and identify those who are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women above and beyond their everyday job.

Dr Gerada said she was ‘absolutely delighted’ to have won the award.

‘As the first female chair of the RCGP for more than 50 years, and the chair of the RCGP’s first predominantly female leadership team, I am truly honoured to be involved in this event recognising the massive achievements made – in all sectors – by women.  

‘This award is recognition not only of my work, but of the tireless hard work and support of my colleagues, friends and family who over the years have helped me get to where I am. Thank you,' Dr Gerada said.

The Medicine and Healthcare category was endorsed by the Medical Women’s Federation and Fiona Cornish, president-elect of the Medical Women’s Federation presented Dr Gerada with her award.

Dr Cornish said: ‘Clare is a superb ambassador for women. She is dynamic, thoughtful and practical. She is using her position as a leader to create reasonable change, and she remains completely in touch with grass roots medicine. She sticks assiduously to her values and for her the bottom line is caring for patients.

'She relies on a strong network or "doughnut" of people around her, both medical and non-medical, for support. She understands the reality of working women’s lives and the need for leadership activities to happen at reasonable times in the working day,' Dr Cornish said.

Dr Gerada will now go on to contend for the overall 2011 Woman of Achievement Award, which will be presented on 25 November at the 9th Annual Women in the City Annual Celebration Lunch in London.  

The winner of this award will receive a prize which includes a place on the Accelerated Development Program delivered by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business at its London campus.

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