Clare qualified from University College London in 1982. After posts in accident and emergency and medicine, undertook a training at the Maudsely Hospital, leaving after MRCPsych to undertake her true passion, general practice.
She joined the Hurley Clinic in 1992 and has worked there ever since. Whilst always working as a GP she has also pursued her various interests – which include Drug and Alcohol misuse -setting up the ground breaking Consultancy Liaison Addiction Service (a primary care led, shared care service) (1992-2006); Care of the Homeless (1996-2008): Care of doctors with mental health and addiction problems –leading the award winning, CQC Outstanding NHS Practitioner health www.practitionerhealth.nhs.uk (1998-) and latterly establishing the Primary Care Gambling Service (2019-).
Clare has also held a number of national roles, including, Senior Policy Advisor Department of Health, Drugs and Alcohol. Director of RCGP Substance Misuse Use unit. She was Vice Chair of RCGP 2007 – 2010 and Chair RCGP 2011 – 2013, only the 2nd woman in the College’s 55-year history to hold this position. In 2020 Clare was appointed co-Chair of NHS Assembly developed to support the implementation of the NHS 10-year Plan. She is Non-Executive Director of University College Hospital (2109-). In 2020 she became Chair of Doctors In Distress https://doctors-in-distress.org.uk/
Alongside all of these roles Clare has a prolific media presence, appearing in TV, radio and print press on a very regular basis. Despite never having held a paid academic position she has published more than 100 papers and is a regular contributor to the BMJ.
Outside work Clare enjoys eating, building Lego models and watching Come Dine with Me.
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