Royal College Honours Community Justice Scotland CEO Karyn McCluskey

Karyn McCluskey, CEO of Community Justice Scotland will receive the 2018 Presidents Medal from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons at their Admissions Ceremony on 6 June 2018 at the Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Karyn McCluskey, CEO of Community Justice Scotland will receive the 2018 Presidents Medal from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons at their Admissions Ceremony on 6 June 2018 at the Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.Community Justice Scotland is a new public body responsible for promoting world-leading standards of community justice across Scotland.

Ms McCluskey has also played an instrumental role in the establishment of Navigator, a collaboration between the Violence Reduction Unit Scotland (SVRU) and Medics Against Violence.  The project supports “Navigators” who work between the Emergency Departments of two of Scotland’s busiest hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh and their surrounding communities and aims to help stop repeated presentations of violent injury in our hospitals.

Over the past 13 years, Karyn has championed a public health approach to reducing violence in Scotland.  Her innovative work has made a major impact on violence prevention, not only in Scotland but also nationally and indeed worldwide.  The number of murders and serious assaults has fallen by over half and along with that, injury has reduced significantly across Scotland, particularly among young people.  She continues to use an approach grounded in evidence, innovation and the expertise of those most affected, and her aspiration remains real change for the most vulnerable and forgotten in our community.

Announcing this award, College President Professor David Galloway said:

“Karyn McCluskey has made a transformative impact on public health in Scotland though her leadership and ground-breaking work to reduce violence. The Navigator programme which she helped establish has been described by one senior consultant as ‘…possibly the most valuable non-medical change in the management of A&E in the whole course of my career”.

“Karen’s ability to innovate and connect while at the same time bringing a wide range of people from different backgrounds together has been key to her success and the success seen in Scotland in the reduction of violence.  This President’s Medal is in recognition of this work and its impact in the community locally, nationally and internationally. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to recognise this outstanding work.”

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow will also be awarding five Honorary Fellowships to the College at this event.

Honorary Fellows are awarded to an individual of the highest distinction and eminence in their profession or in special circumstances or who has rendered outstanding service to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow or the wider healthcare community.

  • Dr David McAdam, MB ChB BAO FRCSI, DTM, DRCOG, DA (UK) has devoted his life to serving some of the poorest communities in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been a missionary doctor in Africa for the last 28 years, often working alone and selflessly providing a continuous medical, surgical and obstetric service in a Mission Hospital setting.
  • Dr John Meara BS Notre Dame 1986, MD (Michigan), DMD, MBA, Masters (Honorary) Harvard is an internationally renowned craniofacial surgeon. He is the Plastic Surgeon-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, and cares for patients with a wide range of complex congenital anomalies. He spends approximately 70% of his time in clinical activities.  The remaining 30% is divided between cleft and craniofacial research, global health and public policy initiatives, as well as department administration and hospital leadership.
  • Professor Michael Edmonds BSc (Biochemistry), MB BS, MD, FRCP is a world-renowned expert in the field of diabetes and care of the diabetic foot, and is globally recognised as a pioneer in utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and management of diabetic foot disease.  In 1981, he set up the Diabetic Foot Clinic at King’s College Hospital as a pioneering multidisciplinary service. This approach is now widely accepted as an ideal model of care and has been duplicated in countries across Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Professor Sadras Panchatacaram Thyagarajan DSc Microbiology, PhD is a teacher and researcher for 48 years within the Tamil Nadu Medical Colleges and is an advisor to the World Health Organisation.  He developed an effective treatment for hepatitis B and was instrumental in setting up and establishing the internationally renowned HIV/AIDS counselling, management and research centre in Chennai, India.  Through these ties, he has strong links with the city of Glasgow, with projects including over 15 years collaboration with the University Infectious Disease department (formerly) at Ruchill Hospital and with the University of Glasgow.  A collaboration between Professors Thagarajan and Dr Eric Walker, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow’s School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing culminated in the British Council recognising their project as the ‘Best British Project in South Asia’ award in 2006.  Professor Thyagrarajan has previously arranged cultural orientation programmes in Chennai for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow’s Travel Medicine diploma students and is hoping to establish a Travel Medicine educational and training programme within Sri Ramachandra’s medical and nursing schools.