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HRH The Prince of Wales is announced as College of Medicine Patron

The College of Medicine is delighted to announce that we’ve received Royal Patronage from HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Prince of Wales has accepted an invitation to become a patron of the College of Medicine (Picture: @ClarenceHouse)

College of Medicine Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, said: ‘This is a great honour and will support us as an organisation committed to taking medicine beyond drugs and procedures. 

‘This generous royal endorsement will enable us to be ever more ambitious in our mission to achieve a more compassionate and sustainable health service.’

As a keen supporter of the aims of the College, HRH The Prince of Wales held a reception in April for social prescription attended by the Secretary of State for Health and Chief Executive of NHS England at Clarence House. 

In July, alongside the Royal College of Nursing, we launched the Prince of Wales Nursing Cadets, which gives young people education and volunteering work experience in the health service and an introduction to potential careers in nursing and the wider NHS.

And in October, the Prince addressed attendees at the College of Medicine’s ‘Food on Prescription’ conference, urging the ‘best brains’ to help find more sustainable ways to farm food.

Via video link, he said: “The themes that you’re considering; farming, food and health are issues which I have taken a very close interest in for many years.

“Healthy soil and food produced in harmony with nature are important factors in keeping us well, avoiding disease and indeed in treating disease as well.”

READ MORE: “We must find a more sustainable way to farm food”: HRH The Prince of Wales speaks at the ‘Food on Prescription’ conference