After initially qualifying for General Practice, I trained in Anaesthesia & Critical Care and was a Consultant at Torbay Hospital (1990 – 2015), where I led the development of day surgery and pre-operative assessment. I was Associate Medical Director for Innovation & Improvement and co-established Torbay’s Horizon Centre for Innovation, Education & Research. I held national roles promoting enhanced recovery and patient participation.
Global Health became a major interest after participating in a surgical project in Kenya in 2009. I set up a THET Health Partnership and co-founded the charity Future Health Africa. A succession of DFID /THET grants allowed initial work in Trauma Surgery and rural programmes to expand to other areas of work in more locations. Experience doing work ‘on the ground’, led to the conviction that system improvement was crucial and I established the expert q4a (quality for all) faculty within Future Health Africa which designed and delivers the SPRINGBOARD programme. This enables local staff to learn enough Improvement Science (QI) and Leadership skills to empower them to make their own improvements.
In 2016, I gained a Certificate in International Health Consultancy at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and I attend the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health. I helped establish the Global Health Collaborative and was made an Honorary Associate Professor at University of Plymouth in 2017. I contribute ad hoc in the masters’ programmes in Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation and Global Health. I am a Board member of the Society for Quality Healthcare in Kenya (SQHK) and an Honorary Adviser to the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).