Professor Kamila Hawthorne, an academic GP of 30 years’ standing (25 years in South Wales), is the Interim Head of the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme at Swansea University, with a long track record of developing innovative medical education for both medical students and young doctors in training.
As a former Vice Chair (Professional Development) at the Royal College of GPs (2015 – 2018), Kamila is an examiner for the Membership of the Royal College of GPs exams since 1997, and a Nationally Elected Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Council. She was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioner (MRCGP) Foundation Medal in 2007 for her contributions to the design and development of the Clinical Skills Assessment module of the MRCGP, which set the standard for entry into British general practice. She has also developed a National Guide to Teaching General Practice for undergraduate medical schools, which is being used by every UK medical school.
Kamila’s research interests are in diabetes, health education and health inequalities, particularly for Black and Minority Ethnic communities. She has had wide experience of setting up community projects in diabetes and heart disease. She has been named ‘GP of the Year’ twice, – in 2000 for her work with BAME communities in Grangetown, Cardiff, and again in 2010 – nominated by one of her patients.
Kamila was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2017 for services to General Practice. She is on the Bevan Commission. She has two children, both of whom are in Medicine.