Royal College of Physicians elects new vice president for Wales

Dr Olwen Williams OBE has been elected RCP vice president for Wales from January 2020.  

As vice president for Wales, Dr Williams will work with colleagues across Wales and the UK to speak out on behalf of 1,300 physicians in Wales on a range of campaign priorities including the medical workforce, high-quality patient care, and health inequalities. 

Over the next three years, her priorities will be: 

  • Ensuring doctors feel supported and valued by NHS Wales
  • Challenging health inequalities and ensuring high-quality healthcare for vulnerable people
  • Ensuring that NHS change is patient-centred and accessible.  

Educated at Liverpool University, Dr Williams has previously worked as chief of medicine for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in north Wales, where she was responsible for primary, community and specialist medicine between 2009—2015. She is currently clinical director at the Amethyst Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) where she will continue her clinical duties as a consultant physician in genitourinary medicine and HIV medicine. 

She is president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, an elected member of the RCP Council, and an elected fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Previously she was vice president of the Medical Women’s Federation between 2016—2019. In 2000, she was voted Welsh Woman of the Year, and in 2005, she received an OBE for services to medicine in Wales. 

Dr Williams will take up post on 1 January 2020 when Dr Gareth Llewelyn steps down. She is a Welsh speaker and happy to undertake interviews in either Welsh or English. 

The challenge is immense – physicians need to be proactive, responsive and respected.

Dr Olwen Williams OBE, elected RCP vice president for Wales from January 2020

On becoming RCP Wales vice president-elect, Dr Olwen Williams OBE said: 

‘The challenge is immense in this time of political uncertainties, workforce issues, and increasing divisions across the devolved nations. Physicians are facing huge challenges secondary to increased demand for healthcare, raised patient expectations, and changing demography, and we need a proactive, responsive and respected organisation which supports its members in these uncertain times.’ 

Professor Andrew Goddard, RCP president, added: 

‘I am really excited about the future with Olwen as the new RCP vice president for Wales. She is hugely respected both within the profession but also within the health service as a whole in Wales and is a great advocate for patient-centred care, equitable provision of health services and the voice of doctors.’ 

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