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Dr Denise Coia


Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Dr Denise Coia is Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and a Board Member of The Care Inspectorate in Scotland. She is also Chair of General Medical Council Quality Scrutiny Group in London.

A psychiatrist by background she was previously Senior Principal Medical Officer Mental Health (2006- 2011) to Scottish Government, Mental Health Advisor to Greater Glasgow Health Board (1998 – 2006). She has a long standing interest in professional and service regulation and was Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Scotland, Secretary of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges in Scotland and Board member of the Allied Health Professions Council UK.

Her research interests have been in supporting individual and families of those with schizophrenia and she was Medical Advisor to the National Schizophrenia fellowship in Scotland. She has supported the work of young researchers through her position as a former Board member of Medical Research Scotland.

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