Consultant Connect Appoints Clinical Lead

Published: 25th May 2016

Consultant Connect is pleased to announce that it has appointed Oxford-based GP and respected NHS improvement specialist, David Griffiths, as Clinical Lead at the company. David’s role will be to provide clinical input into projects running across the country, as well as to work with users to develop the Consultant Connect service.

David’s role as a GP in Oxford means that he is lucky enough to have tried Consultant Connect out in real life, having used Mental Health Connect (the Mental Health application of Consultant Connect) to get immediate Advice and Guidance from consultant psychiatrists. Of his new role here, David said “Consultant Connect helps healthcare teams to do their job more effectively and efficiently. it’s a simple but powerful solution that has a big impact on patient outcomes and experience, so I’m excited to be working with the team as they build on their early successes”.

Jonathan Patrick, Director of Consultant Connect, said “We’re delighted that David is joining us in this new role. He was a great source of advice and encouragement when we were setting the system up and I feel he adds a dimension that we need as we seek to become more widespread in UK healthcare”.

About David Griffiths

David Griffiths is a portfolio GP working part-time in a 14000 patient practice in Oxford and, with his remaining time, as a specialist in improving the quality and safety of healthcare systems. As a systems expert, David has recently provided leadership, clinical advice and workshop facilitation for three national primary care improvement programmes, most recently the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund and prior to that a national programme promoting large scale change in primary care.

For four years David was Programme Director for the GP Training scheme in Oxford while also working as an advisor to NHS London’s primary care transformation team, focusing on GP innovations. He is the clinical author of Healthcare for London (HFL), Reflections on Leadership, Lessons and Legacy, a high profile report published in 2013 looking at the experiences of those involved in the HFL programme, from Lord Darzi and Sir David Nicholson to the project managers and patient leads. From 2009-12, David advised Commissioning Support for London (CSL) on clinical engagement, particularly with respect to the polyclinics programme, a major part of the HFL strategy. He was one of the first cohort of Prepare to Lead, an exclusive NHS London mentoring scheme for junior doctors in 2008-9.

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