Dr John Dean

Clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety

Dr John Dean was appointed clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety in January 2017, working in the Care Quality Improvement Department at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). He is an elected member of the RCP Council.

John is deputy medical director (transformation) at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, where he works across the health economy leading service improvement. He has been the clinical lead for the trust as a Future Hospital development site and has extensive experience in service redesign and quality improvement.

John has been divisional director and chief of medicine at the trust where he has worked since 2012, initially sharing the role of associate medical director with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Starting in 1994 John was appointed as a consultant physician in Bolton where he led the development and delivery of integrated diabetes care, and from 1997–2000 he was clinical director for medicine at Bolton Hospitals. In 2005–6 he spent 12 months at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Harvard University, Boston, studying quality improvement and integrated care. As medical director of NHS Bolton from 2006–11 he led clinical quality and service redesign resulting in more integrated care delivery in a number of specialties, and a programme of continuous improvement based on IHI’s Triple Aim.

John has worked more widely on long-term conditions and quality improvement, making significant contributions to Year of Care (Department of Health), Teams without walls (royal colleges), Healthier horizons and joined up care for people with long term conditions (NHS North West), Triple Aim (IHI) and Safer Clinical Systems (Health Foundation). He has played a major role in the development of Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) as clinical lead, faculty and non-executive board member. He is a Health Foundation / IHI fellow and Q fellow.

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