Posted December 19th 2016

Professor Anthony Harnden appointed to the Governing Body of the General Medical Council

Professor Anthony Harnden, Governing Body Fellow of St Hugh’s, is among four new members to be appointed to the governing body of the General Medical Council, from 1st January 2017.  All will serve a four-year term until 31st December 2020.

Dr Harnden is a general practitioner with a clinical and research interest in primary care paediatrics. He has worked as a Principal in General Practice in Wheatley for 26 years. He is a Professor of Primary Care at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, as well as being a Governing Body Fellow here at St Hugh’s.

Anthony’s appointment to the GMC is the latest achievement in a highly distinguished medical career. He is currently a Deputy Chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, and Chair of the Adolescent sub-committee. He is a specialist member of NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee for Immunisation Uptake in the Under-19s. He developed, and is adviser for, the British Medical Journal diagnostic series ‘Easily Missed?’

Previously, he was the National Clinical Champion for Child Health at the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the primary care lead for the Confidential Enquiry in Child Deaths and a Board Trustee at the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries. During the last pandemic he was a member of the Department of Health Pandemic Influenza Operational Advisory Group. Further information about his career can be found here.

Professor Terence Stephenson, the Chair of the General Medical Council, said:

‘I am delighted to welcome Anthony to the Council of the GMC. His wealth of experience will make sure that the decisions that we take as an independent body will continue to be rooted in the everyday experiences of doctors, as well as help us to exercise strong financial governance in the years ahead’.