Clinical ambassadors appointed to support local NHS trusts

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), a programme designed to improve clinical quality and efficiency within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variation, has appointed 17 leading clinicians to join its regional implementation teams as Clinical Ambassadors.

The Clinical Ambassadors will work 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 Hubs teams will be supporting Clinical Ambassadors in their work.

Professor Tim Briggs CBE, Chair of GIRFT and National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency at NHS Improvement, said: “The role of the Clinical Ambassador is instrumental to the success of the GIRFT approach, and offers a unique opportunity to make a difference to improving clinical quality at a local level.”

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The newly appointed GIRFT Clinical Ambassadors are:


  • Cathy Cale, Deputy Medical Director for NHS Improvement (London)
  • Pui-Ling Li, Consultant in Public Health and former Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Work and Pensions

South East

  • Ian Mitchell, Consultant in upper gastrointestinal surgery
  • Selina Trueman, Deputy Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing and Infection Prevention and Control

South West

  • Mike Horrocks, GIRFT Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery
  • David Richmond, Urogynaecologist and former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

East Midlands

  • Rob Sherwin, GIRFT Clinical Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Adrian Wills, Consultant Neurologist
  • Aroon Lal, Consultant Nephrologist

West Midlands

  • Andrew Macleod, Consultant Diabetologist and Endocrinologist
  • Mark Temple, Consultant Nephrologist and Physician

North West

  • Neil Haslam, Consultant Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist
  • Paul Richardson, Consultant Hepatologist
  • Paul Rae, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Stephen Hodgson, Medical Director the Royal Bolton Hospital

North East, North Cumbria and Yorkshire

  • Mark Lansdown, Consultant Endocrine and Breast Surgeon
  • Jean MacLeod, Consultant Physician in Medicine and Diabetes

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