Obituaries

Corinne Camilleri-Ferrante

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4056 (Published 23 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4056
  1. Woody Caan

Corinne Camilleri-Ferrante was steeped in medicine as a child, as her father (the late Professor A P Camilleri) was dean of Malta medical school. Strong family loyalty and strong faith would mark her life at every stage and in every place she worked. Political upheavals while she was at the Royal University of Malta required her to transfer to University College London in 1977 to complete her medical studies. Even to those who met Corinne back in London, her joie de vivre was exceptional (often expressed in hospitality and music), and later generations of trainees and students would find their progress enriched by her generosity. Once qualified, Corinne was initially attracted to paediatrics, but she explored public health, and, thanks to inspiring role models like Dame Beulah Bewley, she found her metier. South West Thames regional health authority provided her senior registrar experience in community medicine, and her first consultant post was in Croydon health authority. It was in the East Anglia RHA (where Pat Troop was regional director) that Corinne really blossomed. She combined her practical epidemiological skills (for example, advice on screening that helped shape national targets), health systems (for example, the economic imperative to reduce traumatic hip fracture that justified fall prevention programmes), research (for example, on trajectories of patients with bowel or lung cancer that now inform NHS policy on early detection), and shaping public health trainees of a remarkable pedigree. Her next role in Cambridge was director of the Anglian Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Team. During that period she found time to complete an MPhil in medical law and ethics at Glasgow. After taking a break to write two novels, she moved to Nottingham as the East Midlands Deanery’s head of school of public health, which she combined with her consultant practice in Derbyshire. In 2011-12, as the Health and Social Care Bill made its tortuous progress through Parliament, Corinne became an outspoken member of the group Public Health for the NHS, and in 2013, as the act she had so consistently warned against was implemented, she moved to Leicester medical school. Corinne took a serious and seriously caring interest in students, and academic life suited her ideally, but during 2013 breast cancer was diagnosed. Even when she rapidly deteriorated in 2014, her faith and care for others shone through to her last day, which she spent in Nottingham with her brother, Michael, passing peacefully after receiving the last rites.

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  • Consultant in public health medicine and senior clinical academic teaching fellow University of Leicester (b 1954; q University College London 1980; BA, MPhil, FFPHM), died from metastatic cancer on 20 March 2014.

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