Royal College of Emergency Medicine set to appoint its first female president

Dr Katherine Henderson, a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, has been elected by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine as its next president.

She becomes the college’s first female president and will formally take up her post in October.

Dr Henderson (pictured above), a consultant in emergency medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital, was instrumental in the redevelopment of its new emergency department which was officially opened by The Princess Royal last year.

The emergency department (A&E) at St Thomas’ sees about 150,000 attendances a year or 420 patients every day.

It remained open as normal, 24 hours a day, while being rebuilt. Dr Henderson said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected by the fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

“It is a huge privilege to become RCEM’s next President.” She has been an emergency medicine consultant for more than 20 years and has worked at Guy’s and St Thomas since 2006.

The president’s term of office is three years and Dr Henderson will continue to work at Guy’s and St Thomas’ during this time. She replaces Taj Hassan (pictured above) who will finish his three-year set term.

The other candidates in the election were vice president Chris Moulton, a consultant at the Royal Bolton Hospital, and Carole Gavin, a consultant at Salford Royal Infirmary.


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