Dr Clare Rayner is a consultant occupational physician MBChB, MRCGP, MFOM, CIPD Certificate in Training Practice, accredited to use Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ™ (MBTI®) Steps I + II for team and individual development.
As a specialist occupational physician, (retired from clinical practice on ill-health grounds), Clare understands workplaces across many sectors, including manufacturing, utilities, transport, public, transport, chemical, etc. She was a Trainer for the National Education Project for Health and Work (2010-13) and Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester until 2019, where she designed, delivered and evaluated undergraduate and postgraduate professional training (worldwide clients, distance-learning, face-to-face).
She is a highly-experienced trainer/facilitator with a background in languages and particular expertise and 25 years’ experience as a communication skills trainer. She is interested in using differences more powerfully.
She likes nothing better than a flexible collaboration with equal partnership and working with the Long Covid Support Employment Group plays to these values: advocating for fair assessment, treatment, work adjustments and support for employees and employers. She has a track record of creative collaborations which produce new outcomes and structures of working. In her professional life, she never lost sight of issues relating to social justice and fairness to the individual, and believes passionately in safe working conditions and the importance of employment to wellbeing, productivity and communities.
Clare’s work with Long Covid is a story of “one thing led to another”. Clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 on a background of complex health conditions she now has first-hand experience of Long Covid. From April 2020, with medical colleagues, she formed a large group tracking, profiling and educating on the unfolding scenario of Long Covid. She has published several papers, editorials on returning to work safely and a recent medical consensus document on treatment of Long Covid. She is Public Involvement (PI) Lead on a NIHR Long Covid research project, working with UK leaders in Rehabilitation Medicine and General Practice to develop appropriate health services for people with Long Covid.
She addressed the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a spokesperson for patient groups and is currently a member of the WHO Guideline Development Group on Rehabilitation of Post-Covid Conditions. She is part of the Post-acute Covid Syndrome International Working Group with the Department of Rehabilitation Innovation at Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, which aims to rapidly disseminate information and best practice.
On the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) Taskforce for Long Covid she has produced leaflets for workers and employers. These have been translated into 20 European languages for European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
When not balancing health and work issues, Clare enjoys being creative and specialises in exploring the human condition through expressive paintings and drawings in a variety of media. She recently completed a series of illustrations for the book ‘Within the Pregnant Pause’ by Amali Lokugamage, which looks at the creative potential linked to birth and beyond.
Registered with the GMC: 3452806