Members of the Clinical Reference Group are:

Sarah Andrews CBE

Director of Nursing, NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent

Sarah has worked in the NHS and independent sector for over 40 years. She has considerable experience in general, community and primary care nursing practice as well as clinical education as a senior lecturer in nursing and health studies. Sarah also has extensive experience in management having held a variety of senior nursing executive posts in primary care and community care organisations since the early 1990's. Sarah has also been widely published.

In her current post Sarah has responsibility for patient safety, safeguarding, care quality and infection prevention and control. She is the lead director for programmes of care and treatment for people with long term conditions commissioned and jointly commissioned for her local population. In addition, Sarah has previously held positions as Professor of Workforce Development at Middlesex University, as Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care and as Trustee, Vice Chair and Member of Council & Committees for Action on Elder Abuse. Sarah was awarded the CBE in 2009


Shelley Dolan

Chief Nurse, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Prior to 1990, Shelley worked in Critical Care exploring specialities such as Trauma, Burns and Plastics, Coronary Care, Children's ITU, Neonatal ITU and General ITU in major units across the UK, moving in 1990 to the critical care of the cancer patient. In 2000 Shelley was the first Nurse Consultant to be appointed in Cancer: Critical Care at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Shelley was appointed Chief Nurse of The Royal Marsden in June 2007.

Shelley's holds an English degree, an MSc in cancer care and advanced practice, and is completing a Doctorate in Nursing Science. Shelley has been published widely and also lectures and teaches across the UK and worldwide.

In 2005 Shelley was appointed as Non Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Board of the 'Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency' (MHRA) of the Department of Health, and also to the Board of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, and as Chair of the Royal College of Nursing's Cancer Nursing Forum. In 2007 Shelley was appointed to the Clinical advisory Group for Healthcare for London.


Professor Graham Layer

Consultant General & Breast Surgeon, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust

Graham has been a consultant surgeon since 1993 and is now a Consultant Breast and General Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital as well as being their Director of Professional Standards. He is also Professor of Surgical Sciences at Surrey University and sits on the Health and Medical Strategy Committee. Graham was previously Joint Medical Director of the Trust between 2007 and 2008 and is widely published.

Currently, Graham is an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Interim Director of CPD, and a contributor to various College committees in the professional standards portfolio. He is Assistant Editor of the journal "The Surgeon", member of the Specialist advisory Committee in General Surgery of the Joint Colleges, UK Governor of the American College of Surgeons and Chair of the Intercollegiate Pan-Speciality Committee on Recertification (CPD). He is an examiner for FRCS and is the Immediate-Past Secretary of the Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations Board in General Surgery. He has been visiting professor to centres in Australia and the United States.

In addition Graham was a Foundation Trainer for NEW START sentinel node biopsy procedures of the Royal College of Surgeons of England with Cardiff University and the Department of Health, Secretary of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, long-term Treasurer and Trustee of NCEPOD (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death), and President of the Section of Surgery of the Royal Society of Medicine 2009-2010.


Andy Murdock

Pharmacy Relations & Governance Director, Lloydspharmacy

Andy Murdock graduated from Nottingham University in 1979, and undertook his pre-registration training on a split between the London Hospital, Whitechapel, and Wellcome Plc. He then joined Wellcome, working in tableting technology, before leaving in 1982 to become superintendent pharmacist of a small community pharmacy company.

In 1995, Andy became pharmacy services manager for Hills Pharmacy with responsibility for contracts, complaints and pharmacy development. He was appointed to the Lloydspharmacy Board as director of pharmacy and superintendent pharmacist in 1997 and is currently the pharmacy relations & governance director for Lloydspharmacy.

Andy is Board director of the Company Chemist Association, Community Pharmacy Wales and a member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee. Andy was a member of the Department of Health's task group on Medicine Concordance during 2003-2005 as well as the expert group on Choosing Health for 2004-2005 and Lord Darzi's NHS Review Primary and Community Care advisory Board in 2007-2008.


Dr Alan Nye

Principal General Practice, Oldham

Alan has been a principal in general practice for over 20 years, working in his practice in the centre of Oldham. He is also Chief Executive and a GPSI of a primary care based integrated assessment and treatment service in rheumatology, orthopaedics and chronic pain which has been delivering services since 2006.

In addition Alan is a Department of Health clinical adviser for elective care and a member of the National Audit Office Expert Panel for Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Dr John Scarpello

Deputy Medical Director, National Patient Safety Agency

John worked as a Consultant Physician in General Medicine with a specialist interest in endocrinology & diabetes at University Hospital North Staffordshire for 27 years, retiring last year. During that time he was the Director of North Staffordshire Clinical Audit Dept for 14 years.

He was an international member of the Council of European Association for study of diabetes and is currently the Director of Invited Services Review for the Royal College of Physicians.


Professor Matt Thompson

Consultant Vascular Surgeon & Clinical Director, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

Matt is Professor of Vascular Surgery at St George's University of London and Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon at St George's Hospital. Matt was Clinical Director for Surgery at St George's from 2004-2008 and currently leads the St George's Vascular Institute, which integrates clinical, research and educational activities within a single organisational structure across St George's Healthcare Trust and St George's University of London. Matt is widely published and is active in both clinical and non-clinical research.

Matt has been a specialist adviser to NICE and a member of the NICE guideline development group on surgical wound infection. In addition, for the last 18 months Matt has been the Clinical Director of the Major Trauma Project for NHS London and is also a member of their Clinical advisory Group. In May 2009 Matt became the Clinical Director of a project to review the provision of cardiovascular care in London.


Dr Susie Sanderson

British Dental Association Executive Board Chair & General Dental Practitioner

Dr Susie Sanderson qualified from Liverpool Dental School in 1975. After working in a hospital post in Liverpool, she became an associate and later partner in a mixed family dental practice in Sheffield. Susie's clinical time has for many years been divided almost equally between NHS and private care and, although she has recently stood down as partner, she continues to work part time in clinical practice. She was elected Chair of the British Dental Association's Executive Board in February 2006. After representing dentists in Sheffield as Chair of the Local Dental Committee (LDC) for many years, she was elected Chair of the National Conference of LDCs in 2005. Her involvement with the British Dental Association (BDA) at both local and national level has included work on issues relating to health policy, dental education, general practice, dental care professionals, students, young dentists and refugee dentists. Internationally, Susie represents the UK at the FDI World Dental Federation, the Council of European Dentists and the European Regional Organisation, chairing the CED working group on the use of amalgam and alternative materials in dentistry. She was honoured recently to be elected as Treasurer of CED. Dr Sanderson gave evidence to the Commons Health Select Committee for its inquiry into NHS dental and orthodontic services in 2008 and has built a wide network of parliamentary and stakeholder connections. Current interests include the implication of the Coalition Government's health white papers and particularly the public health role in the design of local dental services, an area being considered by the BDA's English Healthcare Policy Group, which she chairs. She is a member of the Medical Education England Board and the MEE Dental Programme Board.


Mr David Limb

Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

David has been a full time Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Leeds since 1996. He was Programme Director for the Orthopaedic Training Programme in Yorkshire before joining the Specialty advisory Committee in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Editor in Chief of one Orthopaedic journal and Assistant Editor for two others. He sits on the Data Monitoring Ethics Committee for a centrally funded multicenter research project and reviews grant applications for several awarding bodies. David is a member of the Council of the British Orthopaedic Association and Chairman of its Education Committee. He is the BOA lead for revalidation and represents his specialty on the Pansurgical Revalidation Project Board, whilst he also sits on the appraisal and revalidation committee in his employing Trust. He is an Examiner for the Intercollegiate Board in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and currently chairs the question writing and standard setting meetings for the written component of the exam.


Dr Alex Lewis

Medical Director, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alex Lewis, a Consultant Psychiatrist, has been the Medical Director of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust since 2003, and was previously their Acting and Associate Medical Director. Prior to this he was Medical Director at Harrow and Hillingdon Healthcare NHS Trust in 2001. He has worked in the NHS for 21 years, gaining extensive experience in the delivery of care in mental health settings as well as the management of research projects including links with the commercial sector. He is also the Trust's Director of Quality, is Chair of the London Mental Health Medical Directors Group, and is a Member of the Medical Management Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists


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