RCGP presidential election candidates revealed as voting opens

Seven of the UK's top GPs have been nominated to replace Professor Mayur Lakhani as RCGP president later this year, with voting now open until Friday 31 May.

RCGP elections open (Photo: Pete Hill)
RCGP elections open (Photo: Pete Hill)

Professor Rodger Charlton, Dr John Chisholm, Dr Sunil Gupta, Professor Amanda Howe, Professor Roger Jones, Dr Imran Rafi and Dr Carter Singh are in the running to replace Professor Lakhani, who will step down from the ceremonial role in November following a two-year term.

Voting is also open for six nationally-elected council member places, for which 19 GPs have put themselves forward.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: ‘Our candidates are all respected GPs with a wide variety of skills, experience, and knowledge that will stand them in good stead for the roles, and I wish you all the very best of luck.’

RCGP presidential candidates

Professor Rodger Charlton

Professor Charlton is a professor of undergraduate primary care at the University of Leicester and a GP partner, trainer and appraiser in Solihull. As president, Professor Charlton says he would want to ‘make a difference’ to the lives of hard-working GPs. ‘Some colleagues ask: "What do I get for my membership fee?" The president has no executive powers but can be your voice and ambassador.'

Dr John Chisholm

Dr Chisholm is currently a nationally-elected RCGP council member, deputy chair of the RCGP trustee board and vice president of the BMA. An architect of the 2004 GP contract, Dr Chisholm says he is ‘passionately committed to improving quality, enhancing doctor-patient trust, increasing the influence and recognition of GPs and primary care, and promoting ethics and human rights’.

Dr Sunil Gupta

Essex GP Dr Gupta has been practising for 24 years and currently holds positions as an RCGP council member, MRCGP examiner, and GP trainer. He is also a governing body member at his local CCG, a member of the NICE quality standards advisory committee and an associate postgraduate GP dean for Mid Essex and Basildon - and hopes to become a 'bridge between grassroots members and the college'.

Professor Amanda Howe

Professor Howe is the immediate past-president of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), professor of primary care at the University of East Anglia and RCGP East Anglia Faculty Provost. Professor Howe hopes to ‘further facilitate the RCGP’s ambitions to support international members, strengthening our profile and opportunities on the global stage’.

Professor Roger Jones

Professor Jones is editor of the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) and emeritus professor of general practice at King's College London. ‘I will do everything I can to strengthen the links with the faculties, to raise the profile of general practice in the medical schools, and to ensure that the debate about the length and shape of GP training is pursued energetically,’ he says.

Dr Imran Rafi

Surrey GP Dr Rafi is the former medical director of the RCGP’s clinical innovation and research centre (CIRC), senior lecturer in primary care education at St George’s University of London. Dr Rafi helped set up one of the first GP-led community-based cancer genetics triage service, and is a convenor of the WONCA primary care genetics group.

Dr Carter Singh

GP partner Dr Singh is a board member at the RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty and is an LMC committee member for Nottinghamshire. He was previously elected as one of the first national RCGP clinical commissioning champions to help ‘pave the way for the formation of CCGs’. Dr Singh has been active in research for nearly 20 years and was awarded an RCGP fellowship for his contributions to the college.

Council member candidates

The GPs putting themselves forward for council member positions this month - more than half of whom are women - include Dr Lucy Henshall, who is the East of England lead for the GP Health Service, CQC GP specialist advisor and GP appraiser Dr Abrar Ibrahim and British International Doctors’ Association (BIDA) chair Dr Chandra Kanneganti.

The full list of candidates can be viewed here - along with personal statements. Voting is currently open and will close at noon on Friday 31 May.

Professor Stokes-Lampard added: ‘Getting involved in the college should be encouraged at every stage of a GP’s career, and I’m thrilled to see so many colleagues wanting to take up what are challenging, but hugely satisfying roles.

‘All members and fellows in good standing have a vote, as do all associates in training, and I’d strongly urge them use it now that the ballot is open – and to take some time to watch the candidates’ videos and read their statements.

‘It’s essential that our college remains democratic and representative of our fantastic frontline GPs who go that extra mile every day on behalf of patients.’

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