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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 pursue her true passion, general practice.
Clare has practiced at the Hurley Clinic in London since 1992. Since then, she has become one of the most prominent figures in UK healthcare. Her list of achievements and appointments is long and distinguished, including; 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, 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-) and in 2020 she became Chair of Doctors In Distress https://doctors-in-distress.org.uk/