Sir Neil Douglas is to replace Dame Carol Black as chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Sir Neil, currently Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh president, has been elected by members ahead of Dame Carol leaving, after three years in the post, in mid July.

Sir Neil chaired the government’s 2007 review of the medical training application service.

He was “determined to consolidate the progress made by the academy in recent years” on medical education, a statement said. Other priorities will include revalidation and standards of training and care.

Sir Neil said: “I am delighted to have been elected and will do my utmost to build on the work of my predecessor.

“There are undoubtedly challenges facing the academy, but I hope to play a key role in co-ordinating the valuable work carried out by the medical royal colleges and faculties and to improve the delivery and standards of medical training and continue to drive up clinical performance.”

Dame Carol said: “I am very pleased that Neil has been elected, he brings a wealth of experience and a confidence that will serve the academy’s members well over the coming years.

“There are without doubt some pressing issues facing the medical profession – I have known Neil for many years and have always found him to be a highly effective leader.

“I am sure he will do extremely well in the post and wish him the very best.”