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Dr Ruth Law

Elected councillor

Dr Ruth Law is an elected member of Council at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Ruth is a consultant physician and geriatrician at Whittington Health NHS Trust in London. After completing her pre-clinical studies at Cambridge University, she graduated from University College London Medical School in 2004. She trained in and around London achieving her CCT in geriatric medicine, stroke medicine and general internal medicine in 2014. Since then she has worked as an integrated geriatrician at Whittington Health NHS Trust in North London where she is clinical lead for care of older people and participates in the acute medical take.

Within her department Ruth has set up the nationally renowned Integrated Community Ageing Team (ICAT) which delivers comprehensive geriatric assessment to care home residents and housebound older people. She has presented widely on this topic and contributed to NHS England stakeholder work around care homes. Her work resulted in her being awarded the British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award for quality in 2018.

Ruth was selected to participate in the first cohort of the Emerging Women Leaders Programme at RCP and completed this in the summer of 2019. She also contributes widely to postgraduate education — she has been a geriatrics specialty certificate examination (SCE) question writer since 2017, and is training programme director (TPD) for foundation year 2 doctors within her trust.

She is passionate about integrated multidisciplinary working and interdisciplinary learning to deliver person-centred care for frail, older people. As an innovative front-line clinician, recent trainee and developing clinical leader, she hopes to bring a fresh and realistic perspective to RCP’s elected Council.