National clinical directors and specialty advisers

The National Clinical Directors and National Specialty Advisers are practicing clinicians from across England who work part-time at NHS England, 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

National specialty adviser for alcohol dependence

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.

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National clinical director for antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention and control

Matt Inada-KimProfessor Matt Inada-Kim is consultant in Acute Medicine at Hampshire Hospitals, National Clinical Director for Infection management, Antimicrobial Resistance and Deterioration, National Clinical Lead for COVID oximetry@home/virtual wards, Chair of the COVID pathways group at NHS England and Clinical Director for digital innovation at Wessex AHSN.

To this end he has developed and lead on the oximetry at home and virtual ward models, and the COVID management guidance/policy in all settings and evidence for the role of oximetry for all patient groups. This is now endorsed by the World Health Organization and has been disseminated internationally.

He has worked to improve processes in the recognition, escalation, communication and response to the deteriorating patient. To this end, he has worked to standardise the country to using NEWS2 as a single language of sickness and communication between healthcare professionals across the whole patient pathway.

He is also improving the measurement and definitions of sepsis and infection to assist epidemiology, research and policy; and developed the suspicion of sepsis infection coding set that is used to determine the infection and sepsis burden across England.

He is developing a unified national strategy around infections management to encompass clinical care, prevention, diagnostics, training, treatment, antimicrobial resistance and measurement.

He is working across the country to develop interoperable digital systems and databases that will enable machine learning and AI systems at scale alongside existing clinical pathways.

National clinical director for antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention and control

Professor Mark WilcoxProfessor Mark Wilcox has formerly been the Director of Infection Prevention (4 years), Infection Control Doctor (8 years), Clinical Director of Pathology (6 years) and Head of Microbiology (15 years) at LTHT.

Since the pandemic, Professor Wilcox has been a member of UK Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE, COVID-19; and chairs one of its subgroups on Nosocomial Infection). He is co-chair of DHSC’s UK Technical Validation Group for COVID-19 tests, and is the clinical lead for winter virus multiplexing. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative’s COMBACTE-NET consortium.  From 2017, he was seconded one day per week to NHS Improvement to support the delivery of the new national target to reduce healthcare associated Gram-negative blood stream infections in England.  He was the Deputy Chair of the UK Department of Health’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Committee up until 2018; he became an invited expert/observer to this committee from 2021.

He is an expert advisor to the Department of Health in England on healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), UK NICE (C. difficile management and antimicrobial evaluations project), the UK EPIC/NICE projects, the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme on Healthcare Associated Infection, the Wellcome Trust and CARB-X panel on novel antimicrobials, the Centre for Health Economics (University of York) for the (UK NICE) evaluation of the value of antibiotics to the NHS, and the European Centre for Disease Control.  He is a member of UK, European and US working groups on C. difficile infection, and is on the Editorial Boards of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Hospital Infection and Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.  He has provided clinical advice as part of the FDA/EMA submissions for the approval of several novel antimicrobial agents, 1998-2022.

Professor Wilcox heads a Healthcare Associated Infection research team at the University of Leeds, comprising ~30 doctors, scientists and nurses; projects include multiple aspects of Clostridium difficile infection, diagnostics, antibiotic resistance and the gut microbiome, staphylococcal infection, and the clinical development of new antimicrobial agents.  He has a track record of translational research, including providing the basis of clinical advice to the NHS.  He has been the Principal/UK Investigator for 15 clinical trials of new anti-infective drugs, 1999-2021, has carried out multiple NIHR portfolio studies on healthcare associated infection topics.  He has authored >560 papers and published a number of books and chapters.  He is co-editor of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (5th/6th/7th Eds, 2007/12/15).

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National specialty adviser for autism

Photograph of Dr Amy Dissanayake, National specialty adviser for autism.

Dr Amy Dissanayake is a GP at Adur Health Partnership in Shoreham-by-Sea, having obtained her medical degree and BSc in Leeds and started her GP training in Norfolk.

As well as previously working in quality and clinical effectiveness clinical lead roles, Amy is Medical Director for NHS Sussex Integrated Care Board. This has involved supporting the transforming care agenda, introduction of the Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR), and jointly developing a quality kite mark for primary care for people with a learning disability. She is now Medical Director for West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (soon to be NHS Sussex) and looks forward to bringing these system leadership skills to the role of National Specialty Advisor for Autism.

In addition, Amy is the E-media Editor for the Royal College of General Practitioners journal, InnovAiT, writing a regular blog and social media for trainee GPs and their trainers.

Dr Janine RobinsonDr Janine Robinson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a specialist in the field of autism in adults. She completed her D.Clin.Psy. at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London in 2000. She holds a part-time consultant role in an adult autism diagnostic assessment clinic and is National Specialty Adviser for autism with NHS England supporting the NHS Long-term Plan and the priorities identified for autism. Janine has a long history in health education (Scotland) where, with colleagues and through wider consultation she played a key role in developing a competency framework for autism, commissioning autism education and training across the workforce with an emphasis on building autism capacity across mainstream services.

Janine contributes to clinical research, training and supervision in autism with the goal of improving identification, diagnosis and autistic individuals’ experiences of the NHS and wider public services. She is currently the local (Cambridgeshire) PI of a national NIHR-funded research project (UCL) seeking to improve diagnostic assessments of adults and is working closely with Professor Julia Sinclair (National Specialty Adviser for alcohol dependence) on identifying priorities for research and policy in Substance use, Alcohol and Behavioural addictions in Autism (SABAA) as part of a Priority Setting Partnership.

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National specialty adviser for breast screening

Dr Louise Wilkinson is a Consultant Breast Radiologist at the Oxford Breast Imaging Centre.  She was a Director of Screening for many years in London.  She chaired the PHE chaired the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer Screening and is Professional Clinical Advisor to Screening Quality Assurance Service in London. She is a member of the Breast Screening Radiology Clinical Professional Group and subject matter expert for Digital Transformation of Screening.

National clinical director for cancer

Peter JohnsonProfessor 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.

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National clinical director for cardiovascular disease prevention

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 pharmacist 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.

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National clinical director for children and young people

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 Consultant Information Programme (NCIP). 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 specialty 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.

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National clinical director for dementia

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.


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 National clinical director for diabetes and obesity

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 Programme over the last seven years in collaborative work between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK., and through the Long Term Plan has established the NHS England Obesity Programme.

He was awarded an OBE for services to diabetes and obesity care in 2019.

National specialty advisor for diabetes and obesity

Partha KarDr 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.

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Joint national clinical directors for elective care

Ian EardleyIan Eardley is a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Leeds where he has worked since 1993, specialising in andrology, reconstruction of the urinary tract and genital surgery. He was Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England until July 2018 and he has held a number of national posts relating to surgical training including the role of Chair of the Joint Committee for Surgical Training. He is the current Chair of Council of the Medical Protection Society. In 2014 the British Association of Urological Surgeons awarded him the St Peter’s medal for his contributions to Urology.

Stella VigStella Vig has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS and was appointed as a consultant in vascular and general surgery at Croydon University Hospital in 2006.  Her specialist interests are vascular and general surgery. She is also the Clinical Director of Elective Recovery at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, which opened a ‘hospital within a hospital’ to safely continue planned care and surgery during the pandemic. Across London, Stella is also the Regional Clinical Director for General Surgery for the ‘High Volume, Low Complexity’ and ‘Get It Right First Time’ best practice programmes.

With a focus on patient care, developing trainees and supporting colleagues, she has taken leading roles in clinical education, as well as service transformation. These include chairing the JSCT core surgery advisory committee to the four Royal Colleges, and the London Diabetic Foot Network, which brings healthcare professionals together, and has reduced amputation rates across London.

She was elected as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Council in 2016.

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National specialty adviser for endoscopy and screening

Dr Robert LoganDr 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.

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National clinical director for eye care

Photograph of Louisa Wickham, National clinical director for eye care.Louisa Wickham was appointed a Consultant at Moorfields in 2009. She is a Vitreoretinal Surgeon with a particular interest in the management of diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and lens dislocation surgery. She has a research degree in the surgical management of retinal detachment and post-operative scarring.

Louisa developed an interest in clinical leadership and management as a trainee, leading her to complete an MSc in health services management at London University. She went on to develop her skills further as a Leadership Fellow for the Health Foundation and as a European Leadership Fellow at INSEAD. She has held a number of leadership roles in the NHS and works with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Royal Society of Medicine to promote clinical leadership for doctors at all stages of their training.

Louisa is an advocate of surgical transformation and innovation. She was appointed Chief Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2019 and during this time oversaw the trust’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and initial recovery including COVID-19 surgical pathways and the Moorfields cataract drive. Louisa was appointed Medical Director of Moorfields in 2020.

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National Specialty Advisor for flu and routine vaccinations

Photo of Dr Rebecca CorderyDr Rebecca Cordery is a Consultant Epidemiologist with the Immunisation and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Division in UKHSA and has worked as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with the London Health Protection Teams (UKHSA) for over 10 years. The Health Protection Teams are responsible for managing notifications of infectious diseases, lead the management of outbreaks of infection, and support the multi-agency response to incidents involving non-infectious environmental hazards.

Rebecca has a particular interest in vaccination and is the London region vaccine preventable diseases and immunisation lead for UKHSA and a member of the London Immunisation Board. Rebecca is also currently a member of the UK Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI), appointed in 2019.

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National specialty adviser for gynaecology

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.

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National clinical director for health and justice

Photo of Doctor Sunil Lad

Dr Sunil Lad is National Clinical Director for Health and Justice and Chair for the Health and Justice Clinical Reference Group (CRG) in NHS England. He is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. Working in prisons since 2003, he has developed a special interest in justice settings and the link between healthcare outcomes and reducing reoffending. As part of the NHS long term plan he is the Clinical Lead for the Enhanced Reconnect programme, which supports people leaving prison with complex health needs who are at high risk of reoffending to get tailored treatment for mental health, substance misuse and other services, for up to a year after release.

He has given high quality clinical leadership founded on the values of compassion in a variety of healthcare services in justice settings including a high secure prison, immigration removal centre, young offender institutions and Mental Health Treatment Requirements in the community which are being rolled out across the country with good outcomes.

Sunil also holds a Masters in Forensic Psychology which informs his knowledge in understanding offending behaviour. He is passionate about providing trauma informed compassionate care to this population, to address health equalities and how good care can provide routes to addressing social exclusion and reduce risks of offending behaviour, preventing harm.

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National clinical director for heart disease

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.

National specialty advisor for heart disease

Dawn AdamsonDr Dawn Adamson is an interventional cardiologist and Associate Medical Director at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW). She developed a specialist interest in obstetric cardiology and wrote the Oxford Handbook of Heart Disease in Pregnancy. She was involved in setting up and is now President of the UK Maternal Cardiology Society, an affiliate of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). She runs a regional obstetric cardiology service and is also clinical lead for the Acute Congenital Heart Disease service at UHCW. Dawn is currently on the expert advisory group for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OOHCA) for NHS England, on the arrest trial steering committee and in 2021 became the cardiac pathways improvement programme, East and West Midlands lead for OOHCA. She sits on the council of the British Cardiovascular Society and is also currently the secretary of the West Midlands Physicians Association.

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National specialty adviser for imaging

Sam HareProfessor Sam Hare (@lungdiagnosis) is a consultant cardiothoracic radiologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. As an executive committee member 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. 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 Innovation.

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Interim national clinical director for learning disabilities and autism

Anne Worrall-Davies has worked for 30 years in Children and Young People’s Mental Health as a Consultant Psychiatrist in community, early intervention in psychosis, inpatient and outreach settings. She joined NHS England’s Learning Disability and Autism Programme in 2021, and as Senior Psychiatrist Lead (Children and Young People) brought a clinical perspective and leadership to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan priorities for autistic people and those with a learning disability.

She has six years’ experience of being a non-executive director in the not-for-profit and social housing sector, and currently sits on the board of Future Directions Community Interest Company. Anne continues to have an interest in innovative and person-centred ‘alternative to hospital’ models of delivering care at the specialist end of the pathway for autistic people and those with a learning disability. She also particularly enjoys working across the wider health, education and social care system.

She is passionate about co-production: being a parent to a young autistic adult with a learning disability and epilepsy helps ensure that she always keeps the voice of lived experience at the centre of her work.

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Joint national specialty advisers for long COVID

Melissa HeightmanDr Melissa Heightman is a respiratory physician with an interest in in integrated respiratory services and interstitial lung disease. She qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and trained in respiratory medicine at the Brompton Hospital and in North London. She held a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowship from 2007 to 2011.

She has an interest in transformation of outpatient services and in developing new models of care for long term conditions across the integrated care system. She is a member of the clinical leadership group of the London Respiratory Clinical Network which has developed guidance for London in meeting respiratory priorities in the NHS long term plan and relating to the COVID19 pandemic.

Dr Heightman is clinical lead for the Post COVID clinic at UCLH and is consultant lead for the multi-professional  Post COVID network in North Central London. She is a member of the NHSE task force considering COVID follow up service development and was previously an expert adviser to NICE re guideline development for management of the long-term effects of COVID19. She is clinical lead for the NIHR funded STIMULATE-ICP research program evaluating care pathways and treatments in Long COVID.

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National clinical director for maternity and women’s health

Dr Matthew JollyDr 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.

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National clinical director for mental health

Professor Tim Kendall

Professor Tim Kendall was appointed NCD for Mental Health in April 2016. He chairs a number of committees to implement the national mental health strategies and leads programmes around impact of COVID, suicide reduction, talking therapies and digitalisation. He chaired the steering group and hosted the inaugural Global Ministerial Summit on Mental Health, in October 2018.

Tim has published widely, awarded the 2004 Lancet Paper of the Year and is visiting Professor at UCL since 2009. He has been invited to consult to a diverse range of foreign governments. Tim is also Director of National Collaborating Centre at Royal College of Psychiatrists and UCL since 2001, where he chaired the first ever NICE guideline – on schizophrenia. He has facilitated the production of 30 or more NICE guidelines since. He works as consultant psychiatrist for the homeless in Sheffield. He is a strong advocate for inclusion of service users, having convened the first NICE Expert Reference Group which included members with lived experience.

National clinical director for children and young people’s mental health

Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry working in a large mental health and learning disability trust (Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust). Lead consultant in 2005, she became Clinical Director in 2015 and subsequently Associate National Clinical Director in 2017 (NHS England Children and Young People’s Policy Team). She has an interest in the needs of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system. Over the last 15 years she has contributed to a number of national reports and guidance for NHS England, Public Health England, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Youth Justice Board. She continues to be research active as a Visiting Professor (University College London and Manchester Metropolitan University) and has contributed to the development and delivery of a number of regional (Greater Manchester) and national transformation programmes.

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National specialty adviser for mental health pharmacy

Photograph of Peter Pratt, National Specialty Adviser for Mental Health PharmacyPeter Pratt has worked as a Specialist Pharmacist in Psychiatry for the past 40 years. Prior to his appointment as National Clinical Director for Mental Health Pharmacy, he has held a number of appointments with NHS England as the Head of Medicines Strategy in Mental Health in 2016 and as a National Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist Advisor for Medicines in Mental Health. Prior to joining NHS England, Peter was the Chief Pharmacist at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. He has extensive experience of psychopharmacology and pharmacy practice in mental health throughout the UK. He is a former chairperson and a fellow of the College of Mental Health Pharmacists and a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Peter is committed to supporting patients and prescribers achieve individualised and ‘best use’ of medicines in mental health. He has helped shape the national guidance for medicines use in mental health through his membership of several National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guideline development groups including schizophrenia, the management of violence and psychosis with substance misuse.

Matthew ElswoodNational specialty adviser for mental health pharmacy

Matthew Elswood has been Chief Pharmacist of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2015 and has overseen a significant modernisation and transformation agenda over the last 6 years.

Matt also works as part of the University of Nottingham Pharmacy School, as an Honorary Associate Professor, where he is passionate about supporting the next generation of Pharmacists to have better knowledge and skills about Mental Health, and challenging stigma. Matt lectures routinely in the Central Nervous System and Optional Mental Health modules.

Previously Matt has served as a member of the Council of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) and a member of the Hospital Expert Advisory Group of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Matt still works as a clinician, running innovative medication review clinics as a pharmacist prescriber in an Adult Community Mental Health Team. Matt’s work with the Rushcliffe Local Mental Health Team was recently featured in a Rethink Mental Illness publication: Keep Thinking Differently.

Outside of work Matt is a passionate Yeovil Town fan, despite being in exile in the West Midlands; and a DJ with a monthly residency in Coventry.

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National clinical director for musculoskeletal

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.

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National specialty adviser for obstetrics

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.


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National clinical director for older people and integrated person-centred care

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.

National specialty adviser for older people and integrated person-centred care

Dr Eileen BurnsDr Eileen Burns has been a geriatrician in Leeds for twenty-two years, was clinical director for a large teaching hospital department in the first decade of the noughties and is currently clinical lead for integration in Leeds. She is well known amongst those BGS members who have been active on the Society’s various committees, having served on several of these over the years. She currently sits on the Policy and Communications Committee and she has contributed to numerous consultations on behalf of the Society. She has also served as Chairman of the Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group for many years, presiding over one very successful stand alone community geriatrics event and several parallel sessions on the subject at our scientific meetings.

As a geriatrician dedicated to taking the specialty into the community, Eileen cites effective comprehensive geriatric assessment and close collaboration with community colleagues as central to ensuring high quality care for older people and obviation of unnecessary admission to hospital. She believes that this teamwork, and the rewards that it brings, needs to be promoted among potential specialist trainees

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Clinical directors for outpatient recovery and transformation

Tanya BeikerDr Tanya Bleiker has been a Consultant Dermatologist at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton since 2001. She is immediate past President of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), former Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Dermatology (BJD) and is one of five editors of the internationally renowned Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Since 2022 she has been the joint Clinical Director for the Outpatient Recovery and Transformation (OPRT) programme within NHS England.

Over the last two years she has worked closely with the OPRT dermatology team to develop guidance and to promote transformation in dermatology services. Dermatology has seen the biggest uptake in advice and guidance of all specialties and was also one of the earlier adopters of Patient Initiated Follow Up (PIFU).

Fiona McKevittDr Fiona McKevitt is a Consultant Neurologist specialising in Neuro-Oncology. She is the erstwhile Chair of the Association of British Neurologists Neuro-Oncology Advisory Group and former Clinical Lead for Outpatient Transformation at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is co-author of Modern Outpatient Care published by the Royal College of Physicians.

In Sheffield Fiona led on key initiatives for outpatient recovery notably, the delivery of virtual appointments, the implementation of Patient Initiated Follow Up, and the introduction of Specialist Advice Services. She has experience of working closely with both primary and secondary care as a member of the Sheffield Health and Care Partnership.

Since 2022 she has been the joint Clinical Director for the Outpatient Recovery and Transformation programme at NHS England. She is a member of the Future of Outpatients Strategy steering group and is co-chair of the national Reducing Missed Appointments steering group.

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Interim National Clinical Director for Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Dr Sarah MitchellDr Sarah Mitchell is Interim National Clinical Director for Palliative and End-of-Life Care for NHS England. She works as a General Practitioner at a “DeepEnd” practice and care home in Sheffield and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Leeds. She is committed to improving palliative and end-of-life care for people of all ages, with all conditions, by learning from patient experiences and ensuring services work well together. She has interests in improving health inequalities and palliative care in primary care and the community. Sarah studied health service design for children and young people with palliative care needs for her PhD.

Sarah has held leadership roles in Palliative and End-of-Life Care with NHS commissioning and policy organisations, locally, regionally, and nationally for over ten years. She has previously been a member of the editorial board for the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Editorial Board and the Expert Advisory Committee for the NICE Quality Standard Update Panel member: End of Life Care for Adults [QS13], and an Executive Committee member of the Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine. She now Co-Chairs the National Ambitions Partnership for Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

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National specialty adviser for pathology

Joanne MartinProfessor 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

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National specialty advisor for perinatal mental health

Dr Giles Berrisford is the clinical lead for perinatal mental health services across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country and is committed to the development of perinatal mental health services locally and nationally. He has been the consultant psychiatrist on the Birmingham Mother and Baby Unit since 2009.

He is the Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group for Perinatal Mental Health and has been since 2016 and was the former Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health prior to commencing this role as National Specialty Advisor to NHS England.

He has been the Chair of the national charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis since 2014 – the only national charity dedicated to supporting women and families affected by the most severe form of perinatal mental illness – postpartum psychosis. He is keen to ensure that experts with lived experience are involved and central to service developments at all levels.

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National clinical director for critical and peri-operative care

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.

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National specialty adviser for physiological measurements

Martin AllenMartin 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.

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National clinical director for prescribing

Professor Avery OBEProfessor Avery OBE is a GP in Nottingham and Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Nottingham. He is also a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator and member of the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. He was awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours list.

He is passionate about ensuring the safe, effective and appropriate use of medicines and has worked in partnership with the pharmacy professions, other healthcare professionals and patients over 30 years to drive forward research and policy development in prescribing and patient safety.

He has led a number of major studies investigating the frequency, nature and causes of prescribing safety problems in the NHS. He has also developed effective methods for tackling hazardous prescribing, most notably the pharmacist-led, IT-based intervention called PINCER, which has now been rolled out nationally to general practices in England.

Tony’s work recognises the vital role that medicines have in treating illness and helping people live with long-term conditions, while acknowledging that prescribing of a medicine is not always the best solution. He is committed to ensuring health care professionals and patients have the information and support they need for shared decision making about whether a prescription is needed and, if so, how to balance the effectiveness and safety of medicines alongside the costs to the patient, the NHS and the environment.

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National specialty adviser for public health screening

Dominic HorneDominic 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.

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Interim national clinical director for respiratory disease

Jonathan FuldJonathan Fuld is Consultant Respiratory Physician based at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart and Lung Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

He has a clinical and research interest in exercise physiology, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and access to services for those with chronic lung disease.

Prior to taking up this appointment Jonathan was Clinical Director for Infection and Inflammation at Cambridge University Hospitals and East of England lead for the Respiratory Clinical Network.

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National specialty advisor for secure mental health

Dr Mayura DeshpandeDr 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.



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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 stroke

David Hargroves is a consultant stroke physician in East Kent, graduating from University College London, with a Masters from Kings following a stroke research thesis during his general medicine, geriatric and stroke fellowship training.

He is clinical lead for the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) stroke programme for NHS England and Improvement and has met over 200 acute and rehabilitation stroke teams in 2019 and has co-written the GIRFT national stroke report which is due for publication 2021.

David co-produced the National Stroke Service Model (NSSM) and the National Optimal Stroke Imaging Pathway (NOSIP), which incorporates the use of Artificial Intelligence software as a decision support aid, which were both published May 2021. He has published pragmatic guidance with colleagues from the Oxford Academic Health Science Network on adaption of stroke services during the COVID 19 pandemic, including resources to assist systems to improve the detection of modifiable vascular conditions.

He is the holder of the Life after Stroke Award for Professional Excellence from the Stroke Association.

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National specialty adviser for tobacco addiction

Professor Sanjay AgrawalProfessor 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.

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National specialty adviser for trauma

Robert Bentley is a fulltime Craniofacial and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with a special interest in cranial reconstruction, and skull base surgery. Having completing his CCT in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) in 1999 he went on to gain fellowships in paediatric and adult Craniofacial surgery at the University of Birmingham, Leipzig, Heidelberg and Basel.

Robert has published widely and taught internationally on craniofacial trauma and was training programme director for OMFS for London from 2008-18, and was President of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 2020.

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National clinical director for urgent and emergency care

Julian RedheadProfessor Julian Redhead was first appointed as a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Ealing hospital in 2000. He joined Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust full time in 2004 and became chief of service for emergency medicine in 2008.

Since then he has held various roles within Imperial, including clinical programme group director for medicine, divisional director for investigative and supporting sciences, associate medical director for professional development and interim chief executive. Since 2016 he has been medical director for Imperial Healthcare and since 2018 has combined this role with medical director of the North West London Integrated Care Partnership.  He was awarded Professor (of Practice) Emergency Medicine and Sports Science by Imperial College in 2017.

He is currently secretary and trustee for the British Association of Immediate Care (London), a Care Quality Commission inspector and trustee for the Royal Society for the prevention of accidents (ROSPA). Previously he was Chair of the London Board and council member for the Royal College Emergency Medicine, a major incident response doctor for London ambulance Service, and a clinical lead for the Improving Partnership in Hospitals programme.

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National clinical director for violence reduction

Martin GriffithsMartin 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.

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