RCGP elects east London GP Professor Martin Marshall as new Chair

Professor Martin Marshall has been elected Chair of the RCGP and will take over from Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard in November 2019.

Professor Martin Marshall: elected to be next Chair of the RCGP
Professor Martin Marshall: elected to be next Chair of the RCGP

Professor Marshall has been a GP for almost 30 years, currently practising in Newham, East London. He was elected to Vice Chair (External Affairs) of the RCGP in November 2016.

Council members elected Professor Marshall ahead of two other candidates, Professor Kamila Hawthorne and Professor Simon Gregory.

The new Chair-elect will shadow Professor Stokes-Lampard until her three-year term ends in November this year, and will join her on stage at the RCGP Annual Conference in Liverpool in October to answer questions from members. He has been the regular host of the NHS Question Time session at the conference.

Professor Marshall said: 'I am honoured and humbled to be elected as the next Chair of the RCGP and will do everything I can to represent the views of frontline GPs across the UK. I have a passionate commitment to the values of the NHS, and to patient care, and our professional voice is central at this time of great change.

'I would like to thank my fellow candidates, Simon and Kamila, for running such a dignified campaign, and the members of Council who have put their trust and confidence in me. I would also like to pay tribute to our current Chair, Helen Stokes-Lampard, who will leave such a strong legacy for me to build on.'

Former deputy CMO for England

Professor Marshall is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL, Programme Director for Primary Care at UCLP Partners and leads Improvement Science London, an initiative to promote and embed the science of improvement across the health service and academic sectors.

Professor Marshall has previously been Director of R&D at the Health Foundation, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General in the Department of Health, a clinical academic at the University of Manchester and a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy.

He is a fellow of the RCP and FPHM, and was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission until 2012. He has over 200 publications in the field of quality of care and in 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care.

New president for RCGP

Earlier this month the RCGP announced that Professor Amanda Howe had been elected by college members to be the next president. Professor Howe will also take on her role in November this year, when current president Professor Mayor Lakhani steps down.

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