Terence Stephenson has been appointed the chair elect of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Professor Stephenson will succeed current chair Professor Sir Neil Douglas after the academy’s council meeting in July. He will remain in post for up to three years.

He has been president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health since April 2009, having previously held the post of vice-president for science and research.

Professor Stephenson is Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. He is a consultant in general paediatrics and his research has focused on general paediatric medicine and paediatric emergencies.

He said in a statement: My priorities for the coming years, and what I see as the major issues confronting patients, the public and the profession are quality and standards of care, medical education and training, implementing  revalidation for doctors; workforce planning, public health and prevention, including the work we have begun on obesity, service reconfiguration and how to handle failing hospitals and doctors.”

Sir Neil said: “I offer my congratulations to Terence on his election as the next chair of the academy. I am absolutely sure Terence will lead the Academy in a way that will command the support of members and the respect of those we need to influence.”