Two GIRFT clinicians newly appointed to national NHS leadership roles

Two clinical leads leading workstreams for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme begin work as National Clinical Directors (NCDs) today (02.02.24) after being appointed to NHS England clinical leadership roles for their specialties.

NCDs are senior practising clinicians who provide overarching national clinical leadership to NHS England to support programmes and priorities, in addition to their clinical practice in the NHS. They have extensive knowledge of their speciality areas and current experience in frontline NHS services.

  • Professor Simon Ray, GIRFT’s clinical lead for cardiology, is now NCD for heart disease, taking over from Professor Nick Linker. Simon is a cardiologist at Manchester Heart Institute and a past president of the British Cardiovascular Society. As well as his GIRFT role, he is also a clinical lead for the National Consultant Information Programme (NCIP) portal.
  • David Hargroves, GIRFT clinical lead for stroke, is now the NCD for stroke, taking over from Deb Lowe. David is a consultant and clinical lead for stroke medicine at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, and co-produced the National Stroke Service Model (NSSM), the Integrated Stroke Service Model (ICSSM) and the National Optimal Stroke Imaging Pathway (NOSIP). He is also a holder of the Life after Stroke Award for Professional Excellence from the Stroke Association.

In addition to the two new appointments, Professor Simon Kenny OBE, GIRFT’s clinical lead for paediatric surgery, is also continuing in his role as NCD for children and young people. Simon is a consultant paediatric surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool.

Their work as NCDs runs alongside their GIRFT and trust roles, providing clinical advice and leadership to drive transformation of services for patients and ensuring an NHS fit for the future.

NHS England’s new cohort of NCD appointments – who are recruited on three-year tenures/part-time secondments – includes 23 existing roles and four new roles: National Clinical Director for NHS Improvement, National Clinical Director for NHS Innovation, National Clinical Director for Neonatology and National Clinical Director for Women’s Health.

Further information on the national NHS England roles can be found on the NHS England website.

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