Professor Andrew Goddard has assumed the presidency of the RCP, succeeding Professor Dame Jane Dacre.
Professor Goddard was elected in March and officially became president at a ceremony on the evening of 26 September. As president, he will lead 35,000 physicians as they face the UK’s health challenges: workforce shortages, Brexit, an ageing and increasingly unhealthy population, and growing inequalities.
His priorities for his 4-year term will be:
A consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Royal Derby Hospital, Professor Goddard, 50, is the youngest president for 400 years and will be the first president of the RCP to do on-call work while in post, as well as holding a weekly clinic.
Professor Goddard has previously held two key positions at the RCP – director of the Medical Workforce Unit and, most recently, registrar. Both, he says, have involved him closely in the RCP’s policies and political engagement and prepared him for the presidency.