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Independent advisory group: Medical and Surgical
Dr Karen Gully - chair
Karen studied medicine at Bristol University and trained in Torbay, Hereford and Leeds. She was a
Partner in a Herefordshire Practice also acting as Chair of Hereford GP Fund holding Group and the
Herefordshire Commissioning Group. She was Medical Director for Herefordshire Health Authority
with particular responsibility for Quality, Guidelines and Prescribing. Within her practice Karen
supported an active educational programme for partners, staff and registrars. She qualified as a GP
trainer and gained the Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education. Moving to Wales in 1998 she
worked as a GP Retainer at a surgery in Bridgend for one year. She has subsequently gained
experience in Public Health Medicine, gaining a Masters in Public Health with Distinction and
Membership of the Faculty of Public Health. In 2005 she became Medical Director at Caerphilly
Teaching Local Health Board, a post that she held until her appointment as Senior Medical Officer
(General Practice and Primary Care) with the Welsh Assembly Government in February 2008. In this
role she provides advice with regard to all issues relating to General Practice and primary care
delivery and works with colleagues across Wales and at UK level to further develop these services.
She is Chair of the All Wales Assistant Medical Directors (Primary Care) Group.
Rachel Binks
Rachel qualified as an R.G.N. in 1986 at St. James's Hospital, Leeds and spent a year staffing on the
Observation Ward attached to Accident & Emergency before moving to the Intensive Care Unit. She
has worked within the Intensive Care Arena since 1987 as a staff nurse and sister before taking on
Practice Development in 1996, and becoming Senior Nurse, Effective Practice for the Critical Care
Division in 1999. Rachel took up her present post as Nurse Consultant at Airedale in December
2000. She is a member of the steering committee for the RCN Critical Care Forum, for which she was
Chair from 2006 to 2011. Additionally, Rachel has been a member of the scoping group for the NICE
guideline on the Acutely Ill Patient and is actively involved in the Intensive Care Standards and
Quality committee. She has also reviewed reports for NCEPOD, most recently for the surgery in the
elderly report ‘An Age Old Problem'. In 2009, Rachel became involved with the development of the
National Early Warning Score (NEWS) and since its publication in 2012, has supported its
dissemination across the country.
Professor Mike Dent
Mike Dent is Emeritus Professor, Staffordshire University whose research interests lie in area the
organisation of health and social care. He does also have enough health conditions to warrant being
a lay representative on his own account. In recent years he has become involved in the work of the
Service Users Network of HQIP and is currently expanding his activities in user involvement in
health care. Mike continues to be active as an academic in writing, editing and research around the
work of the health professionals, user involvement and broadly, care pathways. Until recently he
was chair of the User Voice working group of the EC Cost Research Network (IS0903) ‘Enhancing the
role of medicine in the management of European health systems'. His practical interest as a lay
representative, however, is not an academic one. His concern and interest is to ensure the patient
voice is a key and integral part of the mix in the delivery of health and social care.
Dr Mark Ferreira
Mark is currently the Group Medical Director at BMI Healthcare. Mark graduated from the
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and his career has since included the
following roles - Rural GP, Chief Medical Officer for Goldfields SA Ltd, Medical Director of a Private
Medical Insurer and Head of Health Economics and Strategy for Netcare Primary Care. He has been
chairman of the management committee of the S A Family Practice Journal, a member of the
Scientific Programme Committee for the World Congress of Family Doctors, and director of the
South African Academy of Family Practice's Rural Health Initiative. Mark holds a MB BCh and M Fam
Med from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and an M Health Econ from Curtin
University of Technology, Australia.
Margaret Hughes - lay representative
Margaret lives with three chronic health conditions which has given her a unique insight into the
NHS. When the opportunity arose to become more involved as a patient representative Margaret
was able to join the Patient and Public Involvement Forums for her local Acute Trust and Primary
Care Trust and was Vice Chair of both forums for the three years of their existence. Following the
demise of PPIF Margaret continued to be involved in health and was able to broaden her remit as
this coincided with her retirement. Margaret devotes her time to many and varied roles nationally,
locally and regionally and for the past two years, her priority has been to introduce lay involvement
into clinical audit at her local NHS Foundation Trust.
Peter Lamont
Peter Lamont is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Bristol and a Council member of the Royal College
of Surgeons of England. He trained on the St. George's and Westminster Hospital surgical training
programmes and started his consultant career as Clinical Reader in Surgery at Oxford University,
where he was a Fellow of Green College. He currently chairs the RCS Invited Review Mechanism and
has previously chaired the College's Quality Assurance & Accreditation Committee and represented
the College on the NCEPOD Steering Group. He is one of two Council members with responsibility
for regional affairs in the South of England. He sits on the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination
Board in General Surgery and is the UK Council member for the European Society of Vascular
Surgery. He chairs the CME committee of the UEMS European Section and Board of Vascular
Surgery. He has published numerous clinical research papers and book chapters in vascular surgery
and lectured extensively in the UK and Europe. He has previously been Chairman of the South West
General Surgery training committee, Chairman of the Specialist Advisory Committee in General
Surgery and President of The Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He is an Honorary Fellow
of the European Board of Vascular Surgery and was recently elected a Fellow of the Faculty of
Surgical Trainers at RCSEd. He has an active interest in surgical training and service reconfiguration,
having played significant roles in the development of national selection into specialist surgical
training and the recent introduction of vascular surgery as a separate specialty.
Professor Donal O'Donoghue
Donal O'Donoghue is professor of Renal Medicine at Manchester University and he has been a
Consultant Renal Physician in Salford since 1992. He established the first managed clinical network
in the UK and was inaugural president of the British Renal Society. Donal was subsequently elected
president of the Renal Association and went on to become the National Director Kidney Care in
2007 developing policy and implementing improvement in kidney services across England until
2013. Donal's research interests include the epidemiology of kidney disease, immunological kidney
disease, acute kidney injury and models of care. He is also Medical Director of the Greater
Manchester Academic Health Science Network, Chair of the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and
South Cumbria Senate and a member of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group. Donal is a trustee
and Chair designate of the British Kidney Patients Association.
Terrence O'Kelly
Terry is a Consultant General Surgeon in Aberdeen and Senior Medical Officer with the Scottish
Government. He trained in London and the South West of England before moving to Oxford. He
was a Fellow at Green College where he was awarded the John of Arderne Medal by the Royal
Society of Medicine and was made an Arris and Gale Lecturer by the Royal College of Surgeons
England for his research work. Mr O'Kelly subsequently moved to Scotland to complete his training
before being appointed Consultant. His principal clinical interest is colorectal surgery (particularly
colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease). He is a former Member of Council of the
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and sits on a number of national advisory
committees. Other interests include surgical training, service management and governance and
quality improvement. Mr O'Kelly has taken these interests to his role with the Scottish Government
where he also has responsibility for broader surgical issues and medical devices.
Joan Russell
Joan Russell is working as Head of Patient Safety at NHS England and is currently leading the work
on clinical engagement, handover, transition, the development of national surgical standards, as
well jointly leading the AKI Programme. This work includes leading on the development and
implementation of the governance structure to support clinical engagement with partners in
patient safety throughout the NHS. A key element is the establishment and oversight of the NHS
England Patient Safety Steering Group and Patient Safety Expert Groups. Joan was previously Head
of Anaesthesia and Surgery at the National Patient Safety Agency where she worked in a variety of
roles from 2003. She originally started her career as a registered general nurse and has also worked
at the King's Fund on the Organisational Audit Accreditation programme.
Professor Roger Taylor
Roger is currently an associate Clinical Director for Cancer Services at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg
University Health Board. He is the lead clinician for the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee
Cancer and Haematology Programme Group as well as Chair for the Oncology Sub- Committee of
Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee. Roger is a member of the Royal College of Radiologists Faculty
of Clinical Oncology Professional Support and Standards Board, Committee on Medical Aspects of
radiation in the Environment and National Specialist Services Proton Clinical Referral Panel.
Dr William Taylor
Bill is the clinical lead for Quality Improvement, Clinical Innovation and Research Centre at the
Royal College of General Practitioners. He has had an interest in improving quality for many years.
He chaired the Quality Practice Award programme of the RCGP for ten years, led on Practice
Accreditation in Scotland and more recently has been delivering training to general practice in
various quality improvement methods and tools. In 2003 he was one of the expert advisors to the
establishment of the Quality and Outcomes Framework. He is a GP appraiser in Grampian and was
until April 2015 a GP partner in Aberdeen for 30 years. Teaching has been important to him and he
has been both a trainer and clinical senior lecturer.
Phil Willan
Since retiring from a 20 year career with the NHS and the Home Office, Phil has become an active
member of HQIP’s Patient Network and a lay member of ten committees and working groups under
the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). He is also a member of the RCP’s Patient and
Carer Network and a member of three expert advisory groups for the Medicines and Healthcare
products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Phil describes himself as ‘passionately committed to enabling
the voice of the patient to be heard’ and so was a natural choice for Patient Representative for the
Offer 2 Advisory Group.
Professor Keith Willett
Keith was appointed as the first National Clinical Director for Trauma Care on 1 April 2009. He has
extensive experience of trauma care and medical management and is Professor of Orthopaedic
Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and continues to work as Honorary Consultant
Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Keith is the co-founder of the
unique consultant delivered Oxford Trauma Service established in 1993. In 2003 he founded the
Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education focusing on outcomes of treatment in the
injured patient, and established the Oxford Trauma Research Group. Keith has an extensive
research portfolio and has published research relating to the care of the multiply injured patient,
acetabular and pelvic fractures, fractures in the elderly, limb fracture surgery, fracture
biomechanics, accident prevention and clinical outcome studies of orthopaedic trauma surgery
Dr Ian Woods
Ian has been a consultant anaesthetist at York Hospital NHSFT for 24 years. His clinical work has
included sub-specialisation in Intensive Care, and more recently Patient Safety and Risk
Management. He has undertaken regional roles including chairing the Yorkshire Critical Care Group,
and was the first anaesthetic specialty representative to the National Patient Safety Agency. Within
his trust, he was Medical Director from 2005 to 2010, and is now involved in both service
development and clinical research within the fields of peri-operative assessment and management.
Dr Paddy Woods
Paddy joined the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in 1992
as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, having previously trained in general practice. Initially, he held
the remit on general medical practice and maternal and child health. In 1998, he took on the role as
the Department's Adviser in Medical Staffing and Development. Since May 2010, He has been
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, subsuming his former role and taking overall responsibility for areas
of safety and quality and medical advice more generally.