The GIRFT national report on cranial neurosurgery was published in June 2018.
Clinical lead for cranial neurosurgery: Nick Phillips
Consultant neurosurgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Nick is a consultant neurosurgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He has worked in Leeds since 1997 and was clinical director for seven years.
His clinical interests are in endoscopic skull base surgery and radiosurgery, and he has contributed to national policy in radiosurgery. He is interested in quality improvement and outcomes, and the reporting of outcomes, and has published in this field.
A council member of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Society of British Neurosurgeons, Nick is also the lead for the National Neurosurgical Audit Programme and a member of the Invited Review Mechanism of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is the Expert Working Group (EWG) member for the Neurosurgery Casemix service of NHS Digital and Neurosurgery Advisor to HRG Development.
Nick studied Neurochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of London before gaining a MBChB from the University of Edinburgh. He has the old style FRCS and the intercollegiate exam in Surgical Neurology (FRCS(SN)).
Clinical lead for paediatric neurosurgery: Paul May
Mr May was appointed as Merseyside’s Children Neurosurgeon in 1991 and was responsible for the establishing the paediatric neurosurgical service at Alder Hey Hospital, one of the country’s busiest services. In 1997, he led a successful bid to the Department of Health for the establishment of a supra regional craniofacial service at Alder Hey – one of only four services in the country.
In 2013 he was appointed chair of the Trauma Programme of Care Board for NHS England & NHS Improvement, and is a member of the Clinical Leaders Group, responsible for service specifications, service reviews, policy development and service delivery for complex orthopaedics, major trauma, burns, complex ear and eye surgery, neurosurgery, rehabilitation, complex spinal surgery and prosthetic surgery.
In 2012, Mr May was appointed vice-president of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) and later became president of SBNS from 2016-2018.