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Pharmacist appointed CEO of the Royal College of Physicians

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Patricia Wright, who began her career as a pharmacist before moving into senior NHS executive roles, has been appointed chief executive of the Royal College of Physicians.

Ms Wright is currently chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust and will succeed Martin Else, who has been in the RCP post since 2005. The RCP has some 27,000 members and is the oldest medical college in England, being founded in 1518.

Ms Wright studied pharmacy at the University of Bath from 1978 to 1981, and went on to become chief pharmacist of the West Middlesex University Hospital in the 1990s. She has 32 years experience in healthcare, working at board level for the past 12 years. In 2001 she moved into general management and has worked at senior level across health and social care.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11125937

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