The clinical leads for the cardiology workstream were appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the British Cardiovascular Society. Caroline Davies ( is the project manager for this workstream. You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Sarah Clarke

Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director for Strategic Development, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, and President of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Dr Clarke is an Interventional Cardiologist in Cambridge. She has a track record of leading internal and external service reviews and developing and delivering clinical pathways
through her Clinical Director roles. She led the introduction of PPCI in the East of England and is the Chair of the Elective Care Work stream for the Cambridge and Peterborough STP
and now chairs the Cardiology Steering Group and Work stream of the STP, transforming cardiology pathways system-wide.

Dr Clarke said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to lead this important work with Professor Ray, who will also succeed me as President at the BCS. We are committed to working with the Professional Societies, trusts and with colleagues to reduce unwarranted variation across pathways, ensuring highest quality and best outcomes for our patients.”

Joint Clinical Lead: Professor Simon Ray

Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester, and Honorary Professor of Cardiology, University of Manchester Director, and President Elect of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Professor Ray was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at the University of South Manchester in 1995, and Honorary Professor of Cardiology at the University of Manchester in 2011. He has served as the President of the British Society of Echocardiography, VicePresident for Clinical Standards of the British Cardiovascular Society, and President of the British Heart Valve Society. He is currently President Elect of the British Cardiovascular Society, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Heart Foundation.

Professor Ray said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the Joint Clinical Lead. GIRFT is an opportunity to make a real impact in improving the quality of care in cardiology by supporting trusts and individual clinicians in analysing, understanding and removing unwarranted variations in practice and clinical performance.

Project Manager: Caroline Davies