I am an Academic Clinical Lecturer in ENT Surgery, combining academic work within the evidENT team with training in ENT surgery at UCL Hospitals.
I have a background in Law (Master of Arts, University of Oxford) and worked in business prior to my surgical career. I graduated in medicine from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, having completed the accelerated Graduate Entry Programme. My basic surgical training was in London, and I was subsequently appointed as an ENT registrar by the London Deanery. I was awarded the Darzi Fellowship in Clinical Leadership and Quality Improvement in 2011. This involved training in Healthcare Management through the University of Manchester and the King’s Fund. During this fellowship I worked with London Commissioners to develop evidence-based care pathways for ENT patients. This role was expanded to collaborating on developing a process to design national Commissioning Guidance for surgery, working with the NHS Right Care team, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations. This process has gained NICE accreditation. I implemented this process with ENT UK to develop nationally agreed guidance for the commissioning of services in high volume areas of ENT. I have also been working with the London School of Economics on unravelling variation in the provision of surgery for children with glue ear based on epidemiological modelling.
I have an interest in patient and public involvement in the development of evidence- based practice, and group processes that help align the strategic development of research and its implementation in ENT, Hearing and Balance. I joined the evidENT team in 2012 and am currently working with ENT UK, the British Academy of Audiology and the British Society of Audiology to design and engage both patients and professionals from diverse groups in a nation-wide research priority setting exercise for ENT, Hearing and Balance, due to be launched in 2014.