Martin Patrick Griffiths

Martin G@NHS from 03/07/18 to 04/07/18

Twitter: @martinpgriff

Job title: Consultant Vascular/Trauma Surgeon, Lead for Trauma Surgery

Place of work: Barts Health NHS Trust

My name is Martin Griffiths. I’m 52 of Jamaican extraction, and a consultant vascular and trauma surgeon at Barts Health where I’m lead for trauma surgery at the major trauma centre at the Royal London Hospital. Alongside my role as a surgeon at the London, I am a dogged advocate of injury control and have extensive experience in violence reduction. For the past 15 years I’ve worked in the community to support aspiration, diversity and reduce violence.

I had the privilege of setting up the countries first integrated ward-based violence reduction service at Barts Health supporting the victims of knife and gun injury which has had spectacular success in reducing retaliation and violent reoffending in this group of vulnerable young people. We work with victims to unravel the complex social reasons behind knife crime, offering holistic support to help prevent further harm.

I teach undergraduate medical students both at Barts and at Brighton University, as well as mentoring clinical students as a ward consultant at Barts Health and teaching on postgraduate courses at the Royal College of Surgeons. I’ve taken the lead in supporting the surgical education of junior doctors and host an informal drop-in session for trainees.

I’ve had the great privilege of being appointed as the first ambassador to the Mary Seacole Trust. This charity celebrates the life and achievements of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican born nurse who overcame racism and injustice to nurse soldiers in the Crimean war. Their on-going mission is to promote her as a role model, supporting those involved in tackling social challenges or inequality, with a focus on young people and the promotion of good citizenship, entrepreneurship and achievement.

I am a passionate campaigner for fairness and equality, and promote diverse leadership in private and public service, particularly within my beloved NHS.