Lives of the fellows

Raymond Clive Gledhill

b.6 November 1918 d.20 November 2009
MB ChB Leeds(1943) MD(1949) MRCP(1949) DPM(1952) FRCPsych(1971) FRCP(1978)

Raymond Clive Gledhill was a consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Goodmayes, King George and Barking hospitals, Essex. Born in Leeds, he was the son of Isaac Goldberg Gledhill, who was a tailor. His cousin, R G Grainger, was also a physician and fellow of the RCP. Educated at the City of Leeds School, he studied medicine at Leeds University and General Infirmary. Qualifying in 1949, he did house jobs at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford before moving to London to train in psychiatry at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley hospitals from 1951 to 1952. He then joined the staff of King’s College Hospital as a senior registrar in the department of psychological medicine and also studied at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Appointed a senior hospital medical officer to the Warlingham Park Hospital in Surrey in 1956, he stayed there until 1958 when he became a consultant psychiatrist to the Goodmayes and King George hospitals in Ilford and Barking Hospital. His work was influenced greatly by psychoanalytic thinking. In his treatment of inpatients he used therapeutic group work, multidisciplinary working and reflective practice. A fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, he was also a member of the British Pyschoanalytical Society. From 1965 to 1968, he was honorary consultant to the London Marriage Guidance Council.

Two of his most important contributions to the field were the papers ‘Psychotherapy and the general practitioner’ (Br j clin pract, 1961, 15, 695-700) and ‘Outpatient psychiatry in the National Health Service’ (Br j clin pract, 1974, 28, 301-4).

After he had retired he sat on mental health tribunals, was visiting psychiatrist to Holloway Prison and contributed to the new Tottenham Magistrates Court psychiatric diversion scheme. In his spare time, he enjoyed art, music and current affairs.

In 1963 he married Maureen Thelma née Lovett, whose father, Boris Spivakowsky, was a cellist. She was also a qualified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and her cousin, M A Goodwin, was a surgeon. When he died from metasatatic pancreatic cancer, which had only been diagnosed 10 days previously, Maureen survived him, along with their son and daughter and two grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2010 341 2338]

(Volume XII, page web)

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