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Terence Stephenson

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Sir Terence Stephenson

Terence John Stephenson

December 1957 (age 63)[1]
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
EducationUniversity of Bristol
Imperial College London
University of Oxford
University of Nottingham
Known forChair of the Health Research Authority
Medical career

Sir Terence John Stephenson, FRCP (born December 1957) is a Northern Irish consultant paediatric doctor and chair of the Health Research Authority (HRA). He is also the Nuffield Professor of Child Health at University College London (UCL). Stephenson was most notable for guiding the RCPCH in agreeing 10 published national standards, Facing the Future: Standards for Paediatric Services. This was the first time the College committed publicly to a defined set of standards for all children receiving inpatient care or assessment across the UK.[2][3]

Early life

He was born in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.[4] He was educated at Larne Grammar School.[5] He attended the University of Bristol, Imperial College London, University of Oxford and University of Nottingham.[6]


He was formerly Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham from 2003−2009.[7] In 2009 he became the Nuffield Professor of Child Health at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.[8] He was President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health from April 2009 until May 2012. He then took up the role of chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in July 2012.[6]

He became a member of the GMC council in 2009.[6] In September 2014 it was announced that he would become the chair of the GMC, succeeding Peter Rubin on 1 January 2015.[9][10]

In October 2014 it was announced that he had been appointed as a panel member for the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.[11]

In September 2019 he was appointed Chair of the Health Research Authority, succeeding Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery.[12]

In April 2020 he was appointed as a Vice-President of The Academy of Experts.

He has co-authored textbooks, written invited chapters and editorials, and published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals.[7] He has been described as leading by example.[13]

Awards and honours

By March 2016, ten honorary Fellowships had been bestowed on Stephenson from colleges based in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia.[14] In November 2014 he received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of General Practitioners.[4] In May 2015 he was elected a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.[15] Stephenson was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Healthcare and Children’s Health Services.[16]


  1. ^ "Terence John STEPHENSON". Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House). 1 March 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Professor Terence Stephenson". The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Professor Terence Stephenson starts as our new Chair". General Medical Council – Working with doctors Working with patients. General Medical Council. 21 January 2015. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Awards and Fellowships 2014". Royal College of General Practitioners. November 2014. p. 18. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Grammar old boy to be Royal College president". Larne Times. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Campbell, Denis (24 July 2012). "The doctors' leader who says it's time to make tough decisions on the NHS". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Terence Stephenson". faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Professor Terence Stephenson: new Nuffield Professor of Child Health" (Press release). University College London. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  9. ^ Nash, Sally (9 September 2014). "Royal college chief appointed as new chair of GMC". Pulse magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Professor Terence Stephenson to take up new role as Chair of the General Medical Council" (Press release). Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. 5 September 2014. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Written statement to Parliament: Child sexual abuse (Woolf Inquiry)". UK Government. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  12. ^ "New Chair for the Health Research Authority". Health Research Authority. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  13. ^ Stephenson, T. (28 May 2014). "Terence Stephenson: Leading by example". BMJ. 348 (7959): 864. doi:10.1136/bmj.g3465. PMID 24871314. S2CID 45312451.
  14. ^ "The 2016 stevens lecture: the gmc as a 21st century patient safety organisation". Royal Society of Medicine. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Criteria for Honours, Awards and Prizes" (PDF). Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists. 18 June 2015. p. 6. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  16. ^ "No. 62150". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2017. p. N2.
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Dr Patricia Hamilton
President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
2009 to 2012
Succeeded by
Hilary Cass
Preceded by
Sir Neil Douglas
Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
2012 to 2015
Succeeded by
Dame Susan Bailey
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