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Trust physician named president of the Royal College of Physicians

Published 27/03/2018

A Derby Teaching Hospitals physician has been elected as the next president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Dr Andrew ‘Bod’ Goddard is set to become the 121st person to take up the prestigious role after coming out on top of a record-breaking ballot.  

The 5,082 votes cast for the nine different candidates represented the highest ever number for the RCP poll, with Dr Goddard, who is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Derby Hospital, winning with 2,313 votes. 

He said: “I am humbled that the fellows of the RCP have elected me and I will do my best to live up to their expectations. There are challenging years ahead but we have a great team at the RCP which can achieve a great deal. I envision an RCP that is listened to and respected by NHS leaders and politicians as the voice of our profession. I want an NHS that is true to its original values and I want an RCP that all members across the world are proud to be a part of, with sustainable high quality patient care as our core purpose.”

The RCP is an independent, clinically-led organisation that drives improvements in health and healthcare through education, research and public support.  

Dr Goddard will take over from current president of the RCP, Professor Jane Dacre, on 26 September.

He first became involved with the RCP in 2003 and, while working at the Royal Derby Hospital, has chaired the New Consultants Committee, served as Director of the Medical Workforce Unit and also become an RCP registrar.

Derby Teaching Hospitals Executive Medical Director Dr Nigel Sturrock said: “Everyone at Derby Teaching Hospitals is absolutely thrilled to see Dr Goddard elected to such a prestigious position. The Royal College of Physicians’ main aim is to find improvements in healthcare and in Dr Goddard they have the perfect candidate to help lead this mission. He is an extremely dedicated and talented physician and we are all so proud to have one of our own members of staff take up this role.”

Last Modified 27/03/2018