Prof Mansel Aylward and the RSM

Professor Mansel Aylward, Director, Unum Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, Cardiff University, was one of the session chairs at the Royal Society of Medicine’s “CFS” Conference held on 28 April.

Conference Programme here

Readers may not have been aware that Professor Aylward is also a Sub Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine (Regional Sub Dean for Wales).

According to and the RSM’s website, Professor Aylward was appointed Royal Society of Medicine’s Academic Sub Dean for Wales in 2001.

Honorary Sub-Dean

Professor Mansel Aylward


Professor Mansel Aylward CB MD FRCP FFOM FFPM is Director of the UnumProvident Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University, Wales.

The Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University is the first of its kind to offer a unique opportunity to extend our knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial, social, economic and cultural factors that influence health, illness and disease, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into rewarding work.

He is also chair of the Wales Centre for Health which is a new body, established by the Welsh Assembly Government, to lead improvements in the nation’s health.

It aims to approach issues in a new way by advocating on public health issues, engaging with the public and their communities, advising on their concerns, and speaking independently on health, free from corporate or economic interests.

In July 2005 he became a Trustee of The Shaw Trust which provides training and work opportunities for people disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability, ill health, or other social circumstances.

From 1996 to April 2005 he was Chief Medical Adviser, Medical Director and Chief Scientist to the United Kingdom’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He was also Chief Medical Adviser and Head of Profession at the Veterans’ Agency, Ministry of Defence.

He was made a Companion of the Bath in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2002. In 2001 he was appointed as The Royal Society of Medicine’s Academic Sub Dean for Wales.

He is a physician and specialist in rheumatology and rehabilitation, therapeutics and clinical pharmacology; a visiting Professor at several universities in Europe and North America and a consultant to the United States Social Security Administration and Department of Labour.

He entered the British Civil Service in 1985 and was appointed Chief Medical Adviser at the Department of Social Security in 1996 and at the Department for Work and Pensions in 2000. From 1974 to 1984 he was Chairman and Managing Director of Simbec Research Ltd, UK, and President of Simbec Inc, New Jersey USA.

He played a key role in development and evaluation of the UK’s medical assessment for incapacity (the All Work Test), and was heavily involved in developing the Personal Capability Assessment (PCA). He led the Corporate Medical Group on the UK Government’s Welfare Reform initiatives and made a major contribution in establishing the new postgraduate diploma for doctors in Disability Assessment Medicine.

He was closely involved in developing the UK’s successful “Pathways to Work” initiatives and a framework for Vocational Rehabilitation. He is keenly interested in addressing the health, work and social issues relevant to morbidity, mortality, work inactivity and social exclusion in the South Wales Valleys where he was born and brought up.

His interests are in rheumatology and rehabilitation, health and productivity, psychosocial illnesses, chronic fatigue syndromes and back pain disability. He has published widely in these various areas.


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