The clinical lead for the gastroenterology workstream was appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the British Society of Gastroenterology. You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.
Clinical Lead: Dr Beverly Oates
Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, and Clinical Service Lead for Gastroenterology & Endoscopy, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Oates qualified from Birmingham University in 1993 and undertook her Specialist Registrar training in Mersey Region, including completing a Doctorate of Medicine at Liverpool University. In addition, Dr Oates has been Training Programme Director for Gastroenterology in Mersey since 2007, and National Recruitment Lead for Gastroenterology since 2009. She has been Deputy Chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology Training Committee since 2015 and will become Chair of this committee in 2018. She is also an active member of the Specialist Advisory Committee for
Gastroenterology since 2007.
In November 2015, Dr Oates was named HSJ Clinical Leader of the Year. This very prestigious individual award was in recognition of her national, regional and local leadership achievements. In the same year she was named Employee of the Year by her own Trust, an organisation with 5,500 staff. In her own time she has been a trustee at Wirral Hospice St John’s since 2011, and Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015.
Dr Oates said: “I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to join the GIRFT team. I am very patient centred in my approach and I am keen to be involved in this exciting programme to ensure high quality patient care is paramount, and that NHS resources are used to their best effect for the benefit of our patients. As the late Jo Cox inspirationally said ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’. I know that there is a lot of great work going on in our hospitals and I am looking forward to being able to help disseminate good practice, and enable teams to reduce unwarranted variation in clinical quality, productivity and efficiency.”