I have been a consultant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital since 2007. We have a great staff and during this time I have led the thoracic surgery service to the best lung cancer survival results in the country.
Patient outcomes depend on the whole team. I am deeply concerned about the welfare of all staff specially those who are lowest paid and have the least secure position. In many cases this will be the staff not directly employed by the NHS but by our valued partners without whom we could not keep the services running. As a governor I am privileged to voice these views and concerns for those who do not have such a position.
I am also a Trustee of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) and chair the SCTS Thoracic Surgery committee. The focus of this is to deliver meaningful improvement in thoracic surgery care and to support the surgical teams. I founded the SCTS student engagement programme and still teach many students and trainee surgeons. Previously I was a Cambridge school governor and also president of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Cardiothoracic section and remain on the council.
I am the principle investigator of various studies and have secured grants to fund research.
My wife is a consultant radiologist and we have six children and two dogs. We feel very fortunate to be part of the Cambridge and wider community. I look forward to ensuring that Royal Papworth Hospital continues its excellent mission based on the Trust Values of Compassion, Excellence & Collaboration.