GIRFT has appointed 17 leading clinicians to join its regional implementation teams as Clinical Ambassadors, working with clinicians and senior managers at local NHS Trusts to improve quality of care in response to the findings of GIRFT specialty deep-dive visits and national report recommendations.
Clinical Ambassadors will help Chief Executives, Medical Directors and other clinicians and managers to draw up plans for the strategic opportunities raised across the 35 separate GIRFT workstreams. The experienced and leading clinicians appointed will facilitate support for trusts to tackle the challenges and findings behind the unwarranted variation that the GIRFT deep-dive visits highlights at a local level in specialties. The GIRFT Hub teams will be supporting Clinical Ambassadors in their work.
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- East Midlands: Rob Sherwin, Adrian Wills, Aroon Lal
- London: Cathy Cale, Pui-Ling Li
- North East, North Cumbria and Yorkshire (NENCY): Mark Lansdown, Jean MacLeod
- North West: Neil Haslam, Paul Richardson, Paul Rae, Stephen Hodgson
- South East: Ian Mitchell, Selina Trueman
- South West: Mike Horrocks, David Richmond
- West Midlands: Andrew Macleod, Mark Temple
Rob is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, subspecialising in Urogyanecology. Based at the Whittington Hospital in North London, Rob supplements his clinical duties with the roles of Associate Medical Director (Revalidation) and Director for Research at the hospital. In 2014, Rob was appointed as a Specialist Advisor for Women’s Health for the Care Quality Commission.
Having studied pre-clinical medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Rob and completed clinical studies at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London. He trained in London and East Anglia and undertook a PhD at the University of Cambridge, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where he was subsequently Clinical Lecturer.
As the GIRFT National Lead for Women’s Health, Rob has completed deep dive visits to all 137 maternity units in England. At each visit best practice was shared and the individual trust data pack was reviewed. The data covers patient experience, safety, quality, procurement and litigation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Each trust is now completing an action plan which will be reviewed and followed up by the seven regional implementation teams.
Following competitive interview Rob has been appointed as GIRFT Regional Ambassador for the East Midlands and East of England Hub. He will use his specialist knowledge and also experience as Associate Medical Director to support the implementation of GIRFT action plans, within the Acute Trusts and STPs.
Adrian Wills has been a Consultant Neurologist in Nottingham since 1998. He also has sessions in acute stroke and acute medicine. He was formerly Clinical Director for Neurosciences and subsequently Director of Medical Education in his Trust.
He was a member of the Neurology CRG, Deputy Chair of the Standards Committee of the Association of British Neurologists and is currently an active contributor to the East Midlands Senate via STP processes. He is delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with GIRFT.
Dr Aroon Lal has been a Consultant Renal Physician at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital since 2000. He qualified from Kings College London in 1988 and went on to train in the North East Thames region, undertaking research into cellular signal transduction at University College London that led to the award of his PhD in 1999.
Since 2016, he has been the Trust Associate Medical Director for Improvement and has helped to develop a local curriculum to build improvement capacity within the Trust and more latterly across the Essex STP. He is the Clinical Lead for the Deteriorating Patient programme which has reduced the cardiac arrest rate within the Trust by over 50% in the last 2 years.
Aroon has an extensive background in education and training: at University College London, he is the Academic lead for the final year of the medical course; he teaches regularly for the Royal College of Physicians and is a member of the College’s Improvement Faculty; he is the secretary for the Specialist Nephrology Examination Board for the UK. He is hoping to use these skills to help teams learn from the good practice of others and drive improvements in care quality.
Cathy is a Consultant in Paediatric Immunology and Immunopathology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. She was appointed to the post in 2001.
Dr Cale qualified from the University of Birmingham and trained in paediatrics and pathology (immunology.)
In recent years she has held a range of senior leadership roles including Deputy and then Interim Medical Director at Great Ormond Street and Medical Director at North Middlesex University Hospital. She is currently Deputy Medical Director for NHS Improvement London Region, combining this with her clinical ambassador role and clinical work.
Pui-Ling Li is a Consultant in Public Health with over twenty years of experience in the delivery of health, service improvements and system change at local, regional, national and international level.
First trained as a General Practitioner in the East End of London, she went on to train as a public health physician. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health since 2001.
She has held a number of Board and Executive Director level roles in the NHS, in Government Departments and in the Third Sector. She has extensive experience in raising the quality of health care in primary and secondary care settings, always looking for an innovative approach to deliver health outcomes. In her most recent appointment as the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientist of Department for Work & Pensions, she has used this unique strategic role to deliver health through the complex landscape of employment, welfare support, and health science.
North East, North Cumbria and Yorkshire (NENCY)
Mark Lansdown is a Consultant Endocrine and Breast Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Mark Lansdown has worked as a Consultant General Surgeon in Leeds since 1994 and has just finished a 2-year term as President of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS). He has contributed to development of guidelines and setting standards in endocrine surgery both locally and nationally.
The ‘hub and spoke’ approach, based on a centralised MDT, that he developed to manage thyroid cancer in West Yorkshire led to much improved outcomes in the region. In the past he has had significant roles in postgraduate education through the Leeds Deanery and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee in General Surgery for 5 years. He has been a Clinical Coordinator for the National Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) and is presently the ASGBI representative on the NCEPOD steering group. He is a Trustee of BAETS and the patient-support group the British Thyroid Foundation.
Dr Jean MacLeod is a Consultant in Diabetes and Internal Medicine in the University Hospitals of North Tees and Hartlepool. She has a long commitment to patient safety contributing to local and national guideline development, promoting insulin safety through the RISK initiative and encouraging learning from mortality reviews. NICE Guidelines Update Committee Her work has been recognised by SaferCare North East in the Drug Safety category and Quality in Care Diabetes Award. She has a long term regional commitment to speciality training, especially for trainees in difficulty, sitting on the HENE Speciality Training Committee for Diabetes and Endocrinology.
She has experience in service improvement and transformation having led large system change while Clinical Director in Medicine and continues to develop service assessment methods through her work with Finance colleagues using PLICs. Shortlisted for the HFMA Clinician of the year award she continues to advance links between finance teams and clinicians in service improvement. With the NE Clinical Senate and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh she is engaged in service reviews and has acted as external reviewer in mortality reviews.
Now Director of Quality, Research and Standards for RCPE she is linked to Health Innovation Manchester, following the launch of RCPE Manchester, and to the Scottish Academies Prevention through Learning initiative. She is a member of the Panel of Expert Advisers for the NICE Centre for Guidelines, the Northern England Clinical Senate Council and the HFMA Costing for Value Institute Council.
Dr Haslam is a Consultant Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Dr Haslam qualified as a doctor in 1988 from Manchester University Medical School. Following general training he moved to Bristol and the South West of England as a Gastroenterology trainee. He completed his 12-year period as a trainee and was appointed Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Bury General Hospital. He is currently one of eight Consultant Endoscopists at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he is deputy director of the Mersey School of Endoscopy and Deputy Medical Director
Dr Haslam was formerly Chair of the JAG QA of Units Committee and is currently Co-Chair of the C&M Cancer Alliance Endoscopy project and SRO for the STP Elective care programme.
Paul Richardson is currently Clinical Director for Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Royal Liverpool NHS Trust.
Paul qualified from Newcastle university in 1990 and trained in gastroenterology in Nottingham. He then subspecialised in Hepatology at Kings London.
Paul has been a a consultant Hepatologist since 2006 and is currently clinical director for gastroenterology and hepatology at the Royal Liverpool NHS Trust. He has worked as a clinical advisor for Liverpool CCG and currently works within the elective care and alcohol work streams for the Cheshire and Merseyside STP.
Ian is a general and gastrointestinal surgeon who qualified from the Royal London Hospital in 1980. He subsequently undertook a research period at The Royal College of Surgeons of England and was a Hunterian Professor in 1990. He was appointed to a consultant post at Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals in 1993 and was also a consultant in upper gastrointestinal surgery at University College Hospital between 2003 and 2009.
He held a number of senior management positions in the Barnet & Chase Farm Trust and was appointed Medical Director in 2010, leading the organization through a major structural and transformational change. Following the acquisition of the Barnet & Chase Farm Trust by the Royal Free Hospital in 2014, Ian was appointed as the Deputy Medical Director of the new organization. Ian retired from the Royal Free trust in 2017, but continues to be an honorary consultant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where he operates as part of the Sarcoma team, as well as undertaking private practice.
Selina trained as a registered nurse at St George’s Hospital, Tooting and has had a career specialising in acute and medical nursing in both teaching and District General Hospital environments across London. She has worked across a number of senior nursing leadership posts in London and prior to her current role worked with NHS Improvement focussed on quality measures across all types of provider trusts, community, mental health and acute.
Selina joined Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in 2016 as Deputy Director of Nursing and has spent the last year acting as the Interim lead as Director of Nursing and Infection Prevention and Control. In addition to providing professional leadership for all aspects of Nursing and midwifery other elements include ensuring multiprofessional engagement, supporting effective infection prevention and control across all areas of practice and acting as as the professional lead for AHPs.
Selina’s key focus is to work in partnership to support the nursing and midwifery teams to provide safe, effective, high quality care retaining the patient as the focus of all that we do.
‘I am delighted to be joining the GIRFT team as I am strong believer in the principles behind the programme to improve practice across the whole patient journey by all professionals involved their care.’
Mike has focused on both elective and emergency Vascular Surgery in networks and Trusts throughout his long career.
He was Professor of Surgery in Bath before his recent retirement and has been Secretary General of the European Society of Vascular Surgery, President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, President of ASGBI and a Council member of RCS chairing Education and Professional Standards, culminating as Senior Vice-President.
Appointed consultant surgeon at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1982, Mike moved to Bath in 1991 to take up the Postgraduate Chair in Surgery with an interest in vascular surgery. He attended Guys Hospital for his undergraduate training followed by post-graduate training at Ipswich, Guys Hospital, Medway, Kings and the South West.
David graduated from Edinburgh University in 1977 and spent his initial training there before moving as lecturer to Liverpool University in 1983. He spent a year as SR in Adelaide, Australia before appointment as Consultant in 1990 in Liverpool. He was appointed Medical Director in 1993 of Liverpool Women’s Hospital until 2010 before election as Vice President and then President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2013 – 2016).
His clinical specialty was that of Urogynaecology. As Chair of the audit Committee of the British Society of Urogynaecology he developed the national BSUG Surgical database with others. At the RCOG he was instrumental in delivering national outcome reports for maternity now the National Maternal and Perinatal Audit programme.
He retired from clinical practice in 2017 and is now a member of the MDU Council and Cases Committee and Chair of the Clinical Advisory Group for Women and Children within the Cheshire and Mersey STP.
Andrew was Consultant Diabetologist and Endocrinologist at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals from 1993 until January 2016, and still helps to support acute and general medicine at the Trust on a part time basis. He has been clinical lead for his specialty in both hospital and community, and created the diabetes and endocrine centre in his hospital.
He undertook his medical training at Oxford and then London, and was a clinical lecturer in medicine at St Thomas’ hospital where he developed a research interest in diabetic neuropathy.
Andrew has had a major interest in medical education and the maintenance of clinical standards. He was college and then clinical tutor in his hospital, and then chair of the regional training committee and regional specialty adviser for the Royal College of Physicians London. In 2013 he became regional adviser, and led a pilot project to support the medical registrars on medical ‘take’ with sharing of good practice throughout the region. He is now a censor and council member for the College.
Mark is a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Heart of England FT, Birmingham. He pioneered changes to acute medical services in the trust as Clinical Director of acute and general medicine and Associate Medical Director.
As acute care fellow, Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Mark commissioned and edited the acute care toolkit series (2011-14), chaired the hospital pathways work stream of the Future Hospital Commission and was appointed Future Hospital Officer to lead the RCP program implementing the commission’s recommendations. “Delivering the future hospital” was published in November 2017.
Mark is a champion for general internal medicine and a past president and trustee of the West Midlands physicians association. He is a former chair of the medical patient safety executive group (NHSE) and a member of the national patient safety response advisory group (NHSI). In 2017 Mark was associate editor of two issues of the future healthcare journal which focussed on digital healthcare. In 2018 Mark was appointed to the clinical standards committee of NICE and clinical ambassador for the West Midlands for GIRFT.