Dr Anita DonleyClinical vice president

As clinical vice president, Anita leads the work of the clinical standards department. This includes national clinical audits, quality improvement projects and development of clinical guidelines.

A consultant physician in acute medicine at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Anita Donley has 35 years’ experience of working in the NHS. She also has extensive experience of working at a national level in widely differing domains, including medical education and training at every stage of the medical career, and patient safety; she has contributed to national regulatory, advisory, academic and non-departmental public bodies. As national clinical director for venous thromboembolism (VTE), she designed and led the successful national programme to reduce avoidable deaths from VTE through system-wide change, which is now embedded across the NHS.

Anita led the Department of Health England Revalidation Support team, working in partnership with the GMC, the CQC, NHS England, the devolved administrations, medical royal colleges, and national patient representatives. One of the founding members of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), Anita led development of the first national trainee/trainer surveys and the standards for training (now adopted by the GMC) and she oversaw the development of the QA framework and formal approval by the regulator of the specialty curricula for all medical specialties designed by the medical royal colleges.

Anita continues in active clinical practice working on the acute medical unit at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, as a member of a team of acute physicians on take for acute medical emergencies.