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Dr Elizabeth Clements, MB ChB, MMedSc, DCH, DRCOG, FRCGP

We are very sorry to have to let colleagues know of the death earlier this month of Dr Elizabeth Clements of the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

The following obituary has been written by Drs Jim Hodgson and Helen Wilkinson, who were colleagues of Dr Clements on the Airedale Specialist GP Training Programme.

" Liz Clements, a GP in Silsden and Training Programme Director (TPD) for the Airedale Specialist GP Training Programme, died on 6th July, aged 54.  Liz's educational work spanned everything from her individual training within the practice to being an examiner at national level for the final CSA examination all GPs must pass. After training in Birmingham and a partnership in South Wales she settled in Airedale. She quickly became a trainer and in 2000 undertook the certificate in Primary Care Education run by the Academic Unit of General Practice.  She went on to complete a Master of Medical Science degree, with her dissertation summarising her qualitative research on self efficacy in patients with epilepsy. 

She started as TPD in 2005 and has had a huge impact on all the trainees on the scheme since then.  As well as excellent organisational skills, she brought all her caring and diagnostic skills to help young doctors through what for many is a difficult stage in their career.  At Deanery level she brought an acute intellect and lots of common sense to discussions about the future of training across Yorkshire.  She also used these skills in her work training the new trainers across the Region.

Not many people have the intellectual ability she had combined with the ability to get the best out of people, stretching some trainees when they needed it and supporting others. She had the drive to make it all happen and was great fun to work with.  She will be sorely missed."

Dr Clements is survived by her husband David, daughters Rachel and Ruth, and son Mark.

The funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton (at the top of the High Street), at 2 pm on Friday, 22 July 2011.