The National Clinical Directors and National Specialty Advisers are practicing clinicians from across England who work part-time at NHS England and NHS Improvement, providing clinical leadership, advice, input and support across distinct areas of NHS conditions and services ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease to urgent and emergency care and major trauma in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.
Current national clinical directors and specialty advisers
- Alcohol dependence
- Cardiovascular disease prevention
- Children and young people
- Diabetes and obesity
- End of life care
- Heart disease
- Knife crime
- Learning disabilities and autism
- Major trauma
- Maternity and women’s health
- Mental health
- Older people and integrated person-centred care
- Perinatal mental health
- Peri-operative care
- Physiological measurements
- Public health screening
- Respiratory disease
- Secure mental health
- Tobacco addiction
- Urgent and emergency care
Professor Julia Sinclair is Professor of addiction psychiatry and leads the alcohol care team at University Hospital Southampton. Her priority is to improve outcomes for patients with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-morbid physical and mental health conditions by research, teaching, policy, and clinical practice. Her clinical roles include developing an integrated alcohol strategy across local services, offering direct clinical care, and work with Regulatory Bodies including the GMC. Her primary research aim is to conduct clinically relevant research into the harms of alcohol use, specifically the impact on clinical outcomes in terms of prevention, engagement and response to treatment. She also has a long track record of teaching and training health professionals and is Chair of the Addictions Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Professor Peter Johnson is Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Southampton. He was Chief Clinician for Cancer Research UK for ten years where he established pilot work in genomic analysis for cancer patients. He co-chaired the CRUK/Royal College of GPs Cancer Clinical Priority Group. He is currently Chair of the Royal College of Physicians/Association of Cancer Physicians joint specialty committee on medical oncology. He was appointed CBE for services to cancer research in 2016.
Dr Shahed Ahmad is a public health doctor who is currently working as the Medical Director for System Improvement and Professional Standards for the South East region of NHS England and Improvement. In this role he is leading work by the strategic clinical networks to improve patient outcomes. He is a member of the national Cardiovascular Disease System Leadership Group and the CVD, stroke and respiratory Delivery Boards. He has previously been a Director of Public Health leading work in Enfield and across London to improve the management of people with hypertension and reduce the deprivation gap in life expectancy.
National specialty adviser for cardiovascular disease prevention
Helen Williams has worked as a CVD specialist for the past 25 years in hospital, community and primary care settings. She has spearheaded a wide range of activities across South London and beyond to improve the care of patients with or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). She leads on the development and implementation of consensus evidence-based guidance for use across South London’s 12 CCGs and 7 acute trusts, covering a population of 3.6million and supporting local practitioners through education and training, guideline implementation, clinical audit, service development and provision of virtual or face to face clinics. For the past three years she has provided clinical advice to inform the delivery of local and national AF AHSN programmes to optimise the detection and management of AF with the aim of reducing AF-related stroke. She developed the pharmacist-led virtual clinic model to optimise uptake of anticoagulation in AF in Lambeth and Southwark CCGs, which is now being spreads nationally through the NHSE AF demonstrator programme. Helen has supported the commissioning and delivery of CVD new models of care to address the CVD ABCs, – AF, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Professor Simon Kenny is a consultant paediatric surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool where he led the introduction of minimally invasive paediatric surgery. He is also the national clinical lead for paediatric surgery for the Getting It Right First Time programme and a senior clinical advisor for the National Clinical Intelligence portal for NHS Improvement. He was previously clinical director for surgery in his Trust. His research interest is in regenerative medicine and in the use of technology.
Joint national specialty advisors for children and young people
Dr Matthew Clark is a paediatric consultant and speciality lead at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. He was previously on the governing body of NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group and clinical lead of admission avoidance in the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership/Integrated Care System. Matthew studied medicine at Cambridge University, completed his paediatric specialists training in London and co-founded The Welbodi Partnership, supporting healthcare in Sierra Leone. Matthew has extensive experience in service redesign and transformation working across community, primary and secondary care.
Michelle McLoughlin CBE is an experienced board director who operates as a system and organisational leader. With extensive healthcare knowledge, she combines her clinical and leadership skills to put children, young people and families at the forefront. Clinically she is a trained adult nurse, sick children’s nurse and district nurse. As a previous executive director, she had a wide and varied portfolio with a particular focus on patient experience and participation, she regards her involvement in this work as a ‘privilege’, ensuring that children, young people and their families all have a say about their experience. In July 2018, as part of the 70 years celebration of the NHS, Michelle was recognised as being one of the 70 most influential nurses/midwives since the inception of the NHS in 1948. Michelle was awarded a Commander of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2018 Queens Honour’s list for her contribution to nursing.
Dr Alistair Burns is a consultant old age psychiatrist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2016, received the lifetime achievement award from their old age Faculty in 2015 and was awarded the CBE in 2016 for contributions to health and social care, in particular dementia.
Professor Jonathan Valabhji is a consultant diabetologist at Imperial College Healthcare Trust where he has built up a multi professional service demonstrating high quality outcomes for patients with diabetes. His research interests include diabetes epidemiology and population health and diabetic foot disease. In the role of National Clinical Director, he has provided clinical leadership to the national Diabetes Prevention Programme over the last three years in collaborative work between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. He was awarded an OBE for services to diabetes and obesity care in 2019.
National specialty advisor for diabetes and obesity
Dr Partha Kar is a consultant diabetologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust where he has shifted a significant proportion of the care of patients with diabetes from hospital to community-based care with excellent outcomes. He has been an associate National Clinical Director for Diabetes for the past three years where he has focussed on the use of technology to support better patient care. He is also working with Diabetes UK to improve the health of patients with diabetes and mental health disorders. Dr Kar is also the co-lead for diabetes for the Getting It Right First Time programme.
Professor Bee Wee is clinical lead for the palliative care service at Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust. She is head of the World Health Organisation collaborating centre for palliative care. She has been the NCD for end of life care for the past six years. During this time she led the establishment of a national end of life care programme and now co-chairs the National Partnership for Palliative and End of Life Care. She holds a Founding Senior Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
Dr Robert Logan is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Kings College Hospital with a research and specialist interest in non-invasive diagnostics for more than 30 years. He has been a longstanding member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, including being elected to Council and serving as a Trustee. In 2010 he co-authored the BSG Commissioning Guidance for GI and Liver disease, which included ‘Interface services’ as a forerunner of integrated care. Until recently he was the RCP Regional Adviser for South London where he also held positions as Deputy Chair of GI commissioning for Lambeth and Southwark CCGs. In 2018 he became the NSA for Endoscopy at NHS-E and has subsequently been involved in the introduction of FIT testing for both the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and the symptomatic service.
Professor Janice Rymer obtained her medical degree at Auckland University and did her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in New Zealand and the UK. She is Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of O&G at King’s College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust. From 2016 to 2019, she was Vice President of the RCOG, having served on RCOG council for 12 years. From 2010 to 2013, she was Dean of Undergraduate Medicine at KCL. She was a Council member of the British Menopause Society from 1997-2002 and 2009-2015, and is a member of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. She has been a GMC assessor for medical schools since 2006. Her areas of expertise include minimal access surgery, endometriosis, ovarian failure, female genital mutilation and medical education. She has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers and 16 textbooks.
Professor Nick Linker is a consultant cardiologist at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He has been honorary Secretary of the British Cardiovascular Society, Secretary then President of the British Heart Rhythm Society, and has been a member of the cardiac services specialised commissioning clinical reference group for seven years. He has led work on Specialised services for heart rhythm disturbances and approaches to implement more integrated care for patients with rhythm disturbances, interfacing with the Getting It Right First Time programme and with NICE. He is also working with the Clinical Director for the personalised care programme to develop a shared decision-making tool and PROMs for people with atrial fibrillation.
Dr Sam Hare is a consultant cardiothoracic radiologist at the Royal Free London (RFL) NHS Foundation Trust. As an executive committee of the British Society of Thoracic Imaging, Sam was central in implementing national COVID-19 imaging protocols and co-authoring national reporting guidelines for lung cancer screening. He also represents the Royal College of Radiologists on the British Lung Foundation Taskforce for Lung Health. Sam is passionate about service transformation and the use of artificial intelligence in optimising diagnostic imaging workflows.
After undertaking a thoracic radiology fellowship in North America (2009-2010), Sam was appointed as consultant thoracic radiologist at The Ottawa Hospital in Canada, specialising in lung cancer screening & early diagnosis. He returned to the NHS in 2011 and pioneered the innovative ambulatory lung biopsy service at the RFL NHS Trust. The service has been recognised with several national awards: NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Cancer Care; BMJ Award for Cancer Team of the Year; HSJ Acute Sector.
Dr Nisha Jayatilleke is the Screening and Immunisation Lead in Thames Valley. Nisha qualified as a medical doctor and developed an early interest in public health and epidemiology. She pursued this interest by completing specialty training in public health as well as completing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in Epidemiology at Kings College London. Nisha brings her experience of proving local system leadership to screening and immunisation services to the role of National Specialty Adviser for Immunisation where she will be providing clinical advice and leadership on behalf of NHS England across a range of national immunisation programmes.
Martin Griffiths is a consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust where he developed the nation’s first ward-based intervention programme for the victims of interpersonal injury. He is also the Clinical Director for the Violence Reduction Network in NHS London and has led the expansion of the public-health approach to violence reduction in the capital. He has an interest in integrating peer groups in the co-design of community and healthcare-based prevention and education programmes.
Dr Roger Banks is a psychiatrist specialising in the field of learning disability and Autism with 30 years of experience having trained and worked in Sheffield, Liverpool and North Wales. He is currently Senior Psychiatrist Lead with the Learning Disability and Autism Programme of NHS England and is immediate Past President of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability. Roger is a previous Vice-President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Fellow of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability. In 2009-10 he was jointly responsible for drafting “Better Health – Better Lives” the World Health Organisation’s Declaration and Action Plan for the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families and is involved in ongoing work with WHO-Europe on the human rights of people with mental disabilities in institutions.
Professor Chris Moran is a consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust. He has been the NCD for Trauma for the past six years where he has led the coordination of all the Major Trauma Centres, Trauma Units and Networks. He chairs the Major Trauma and Burns Specialised commissioning clinical reference group and has additional responsibilities for Emergency Preparedness relating to the clinical response to mass casualty incidents. He has an extensive research interest in polytrauma, complex articulate fractures and non-union.
Dr Matthew Jolly is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust where he has previously been a Clinical Director. He has also been Clinical Director of the Sussex Maternity and Neonatal Network and Joint Clinical Director of the South East Coast Maternity, Children and Young People strategic clinical network. He has been the NCD for Maternity and Women’s Health for the past three years, contributing to the development of the Maternity and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative an working with NHS Resolution and DHSC to refresh the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts.
Professor Tim Kendall is a consultant psychiatrist at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, where he was previously the Medical Director for Research. He has been the NCD for Mental Health for the past three years and directly involved in the development and implementation of national policy on mental health. He is also Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists where he has worked extensively with NICE in the development of clinical guidelines and standards. He is also a visiting Professor at University College London.
Andrew Bennett is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist within Sutton Health and Care Alliance and Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. He qualified in 2000 in Leeds, completing specialty training across London as well as a PGcert, PGdip and MSc. He led the successful re design of MSK local services presented nationally and internationally, is a lead for MSK transformation within the South West London Health and Care Partnership and acted an expert specialist for a variety of projects including the recent NIHR Moving Forward themed review. He is an undergraduate and post graduate educator and co-chair of the UK Consultant Physiotherapists group.
Professor Donald Peebles has been a Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCL since 2008 and Divisional Clinical Director for Women’s Health at UCLH for the last 5 years. He is subspecialty accredited in Maternal- Fetal Medicine and works mainly in the area of Fetal medicine with special interests in fetal therapy and neurodevelopment. His main grant funding relates to developing novel methods of fetal therapy including gene therapy for fetal growth restriction. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers. In 2013 he was appointed as co clinical Director for the NHS England London Maternity Strategic Clinical Network, since when he has worked to improve perinatal outcomes, reduce maternal mortality rates in London, as well as to improve women’s experience of maternity services. In 2019 he was part of a team that won a BMJ Clinical Leadership award for setting up a service to treat fetal spina bifida in utero.
National specialty adviser for obstetrics (public health)
Dr Misha Moore is a consultant obstetrician at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health, where she is lead obstetrician for perinatal mental health and public health. She is dual trained and a fully qualified public health specialist. She has worked in a variety of settings across the NHS and wider public sector, as well as the third sector. Misha is passionate about health promotion, preventative care and reducing inequalities in maternity services and women’s health. She has a particular interest in fostering integration across the health system.
National specialty advisor for older people and integrated person-centred care
Dr Bola Owolabi is Deputy Medical Director of Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Foundation Trust, she is currently responsible for a wide range of clinical leadership activities, including managing the trust’s end-of-life care and frailty strategies, and encouraging a culture of continuous quality improvement. Bola has held various clinical and leadership roles during the course of her career, including GP Partner, Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Lead and Clinical Director. Bola acted as clinical lead on a project to stabilise a medical centre in crisis, successfully introducing systems to ensure safe patient care. She is also leading on a key strategic initiative to ensure that 95% of all patients aged 75 years and older accessing in-patient and community services are assessed for frailty.
Dr Adrian Hayter has been a GP in the Windsor area for nearly 20 years and a Clinical Commissioning Chair for Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead CCG since it’s authorisation without condition in April 2013. He has previously supported the Primary Care Commissioning agenda in roles relating to Older age care and represented health on local Older age partnership boards in both PCGs and PCTs as well as supporting local Falls initiatives in East Berkshire. He has supported the development of “A new vision of care” locally and leads work on frailty within the Frimley integrated care system. He is currently a board member of NHSCC which supports clinical commissioning at national level He continues to provide GP services for patients of his practice and has in the past contributed to the development of a local out of hours GP service as a Medical Director. His overall passion is to effect change by working as a Collaborative Leader building communities with a healthier future.
Professor Joanne Martin is a practising histopathologist at the Royal London Hospital. Her clinical specialist expertise is in the pathology of gastrointestinal motility disorders and in renal pathology. She is Professor of Pathology at Queen Mary University London, with research interests in new diagnostics and drug delivery. She chairs the Research Advisory Board of the Motor Neuron Disease Association. She led education and research across Barts Health NHS Trust, and has created app based training tools for staff, students, patients and carers.
Jo has wide experience of healthcare management and leadership in a range of positions, including the Board of Barts Health NHS Trust. She has worked across programmes and projects in all the pathology disciplines including genetics, transfusion, digital pathology, data, networks and with many professional bodies and patient groups. National Clinical Director of Pathology for NHS England April 2013-16, Jo became President of the
National specialty advisor for perinatal mental health
Dr Giles Berrisford is a consultant perinatal psychiatrist and lead clinician at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. For the past three years he has been associate NCD for mental health for NHS England where he has established the Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Networks across England and co-led the Community Service Development Fund project to support improvements in community-based perinatal mental health services. He is chair of the national charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis and vice-chair-elect of the Perinatal Psychiatry Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Professor Ramani Moonesinghe is Professor of peri-operative medicine at University College London. She trained in medicine, anaesthesia and critical care in London and works clinically at University College Hospital. She is Director of the national Health Services Research Centre at the Royal College of Anaesthetists and head of her research department at UCL; her research focuses on health services research, improvement based research and clinical trials in perioperative and critical care in the UK and overseas.
Martin Allen is a Respiratory Physician at University Hospital of North Staffordshire. He has interests in a variety of respiratory diseases including COPD, ventilatory support/weaning and sleep medicine originating from my research into sleep and physiological changes. He has fulfilled a variety of management and transformational roles within the hospital, including CD and Medicine Divisional Head. Holding a variety of national roles he sits on the British Thoracic Society Board, Chairs the respiratory EWG on coding, sits on the Respiratory CRG, contributes to the Respiratory Long Term Plan and is the GIRFT National Clinical Lead for Respiratory Medicine.
Dominic Horne is a GP in Herefordshire and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester. He has recently completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Warwick. Dominic is a member of the RCGP Midland Faculty Board and the West Midlands Clinical Senate, a Trustee at the Self Care Forum, a charity based in London, and works with NICE and the Clinical Research Network. He is committed to patient safety, public involvement and reducing health inequalities.
Dr Andrew Menzies-Gow is a consultant respiratory physician, director of the Lung Division and Deputy Medical Director at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He is a Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine) at Imperial College where his research interests include novel treatments for asthma. He has chaired the NICE Guideline Development Group for Asthma: Diagnosis and Monitoring and has been a member of the Specialised Respiratory Clinical Reference Group for NHS England.
Dr Mayura Deshpande is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and associate Medical Director at Southern Health Foundation Trust. She has also been clinical lead of the national network of adolescent medium secure units on behalf of NHS England for the past four years.
Matt Inada-Kim is a consultant acute physician at Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, Clinical Director for Safety and Digital at Wessex AHSN and the National Clinical Lead for Deterioration at NHS England & Improvement since 2018. He has particular interest in optimizing & researching the quality, safety and efficiency of pathways of care in those who are acutely and critically unwell- focused on standardisation, improved communication, digital systems interoperability and pathway incentification & redesign. Recently, he has been working on the national uptake of NEWS2 in all healthcare settings, sepsis definitions and measurement; and leading on CQUINs in those areas.
He chairs the National Deterioration Forum, and sits on the Antimicrobial resistance board, Deterioration board, Learning disabilities delivery group, Joint Royal Colleges Ambulances Liaison Committee and the Royal College of Physicians NEWS2 operations group.
National clinical director for stroke
Dr Deborah Lowe is a stroke physician at Wirral University Teaching Hospital and Clinical lead for stroke for the Northwest Coast Strategic Clinical Network. She is also the national clinical lead for stroke medicine for the Getting It Right First Time programme, and through this role has already visited more than half of hospital stroke services in England.
National specialty adviser for tobacco addiction
Dr Sanjay Agrawal has been a Consultant in Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine for over 20 years. He has Chaired the British Thoracic Society (BTS) tobacco specialist advisory group and co- led the 2016 BTS national hospital tobacco audit. In 2018 he co-edited the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) report ‘Hiding in plain sight: treating tobacco dependency in the NHS and Chairs the RCP Tobacco advisory group. Dr Agrawal is a member of the Public Health England Implementation Board for The Tobacco Control Plan for England and has served on the NICE Public Health Advisory Committee producing recommendations for the prevention and treatment of tobacco dependency.
Dr Cliff Mann is a consultant in emergency medicine at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. He is also the national clinical co-lead for emergency medicine for the Getting It Right First Time programme and a member of the Urgent and Emergency Care senior management team at NHS England and Improvement. He is a past President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. In 2018 he was awarded an OBE for services to Emergency Medicine.