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UCL Professor appointed Chair of General Medical Council

8 September 2014

Professor Terence Stephenson (UCL Institute of Child Health) has been appointed as the new Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC), the independent regulator of the UK's 260,000 doctors.

Professor Terence Stephenson

Professor Stephenson, who is currently Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the UCL Institute of Child Health, has spent most of his career specialising in paediatric medicine and paediatric emergencies. Professor Stephenson is also an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust & Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, and the current Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Discussing his appointment, Professor Stephenson said: "I am honoured and privileged to become Chair of the General Medical Council and greatly look forward to taking up this important role in 2015.

"I am committed to working with doctors, patients, employers and educators to build on the achievements of the GMC over recent years and to make sure we continue to use our expertise and leadership to help ensure safe, high quality care for patients and high standards of professionalism."

Previously holding the position of President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and serving as a non-executive Director of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Professor Stephenson has become a leading name in UK medicine.

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost commented: "Professor Stephenson's appointment as the new Chair of the General Medical Council is truly well deserved and I would like to offer my congratulations. With his wealth of medical experience, Professor Stephenson will be an asset to the GMC."

Professor Terence Stephenson will take up the post on 1 January 2015.



  • Professor Terence Stephenson