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Clinical director appointed RCP academic vice president

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has elected Trust clinical director of haematology, Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, as its new academic vice president.

Alongside working at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Professor Toh is also the president of the British Society of Haematology and leads the Sepsis Research Group at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health.

On being elected, Professor Toh said: “I am humbled and honored to be bestowed this trust by our fellows. I look forward to working with and for the RCP as it looks beyond its 500 years.” 

Professor Toh will succeed outgoing vice president, Professor Margaret Johnson, from 1 August.

The position is one of three vice presidents roles who are senior officers of the RCP, and within this role Professor Toh wants to help modernise and personalise how the RCP expands its research–active medical workforce.

“I am passionate about integrating research into clinical care. We know that patient outcomes are better when they are involved in research. But doctors’ outcomes are also better with greater job satisfaction by being at the cutting edge of their subject area."

Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

"The appointment of Professor Cheng-Hock Toh to this prestigious role at the Royal College of Physicians is fantastic news and very well-deserved."

“At the Trust we are all very proud of Professor Toh’s appointment and he will no doubt be a great leader within the RCP; drawing on his wealth of experience as a respected academic clinician. While he should be very proud at a personal level, this is also great for the Trust and the city of Liverpool, so well done."