Dr John Dean has been elected as the RCP's new clinical vice president following a vote by over 2,758 of the RCP’s fellows. He will succeed Dr Sarah Clarke in the role.
A consultant physician in acute and general medicine and diabetes, Dr Dean will take up the post on 1 August. Along with four new elected councillors he will serve for three years.
Dr Dean is currently Improvement clinical director at the RCP with the aim of providing strategic clinical leadership to improvement programmes and partnerships. He was clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety at RCP from 2017. In these roles he has represented the college on a number of national improvement boards, and brought together healthcare professionals of all disciplines to progress guidance and implementation in a number of clinical areas including Modern Ward Rounds, NEWS2, Steroid Emergency Cards, Medicines safety, systems improvement, new acute care practice, and further developed the Chief Registrar programme. He has worked with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges on the Quality Improvement Curriculum and Patient Safety Syllabus.
As deputy medical director (transformation) at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Dean works across the health economy leading service improvement, including services in response to COVID 19. He 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.
As consultant physician in Bolton from 1994 he led the development and delivery of integrated diabetes care. He was clinical director for medicine at Bolton Hospitals 1997-2000. In 2005-6 he spent 12 months at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard University, Boston, USA studying quality improvement and integrated care. As medical director of NHS Bolton from 2006-2011 he led clinical quality and service redesign resulting in more integrated care delivery in a number of specialities, and a programme of continuous improvement based on IHI’s Triple Aim.
He has worked more widely on long term conditions and quality improvement making significant contributions to Year of Care (DoH), Teams without Walls (Royal Colleges), Healthier Horizons and Joined up Care for people with Long Term Conditions (NHS North West), Triple Aim (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) and Safer Clinical Systems (Health Foundation). He 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.
Dr Dean said: “I am honoured to be elected clinical vice president and will embrace the role to improve care for patients.
“The impact of the COVID pandemic has been considerable for physicians and patients. The physician community has come together, rapidly adapting and learning from each other. Our clinical services are struggling to recover, however there are considerable opportunities to reshape services to better meet patient needs, making our work more rewarding, but only if basic standards are in place.
“We must focus RCP resources on core functions that support physicians to fulfil their potential, balancing specialism and generalism, spreading innovation and new practice, and realise the exciting opportunities of RCP at The Spine in Liverpool.”
The RCP’s new councillors:
Dr Toby Hillman is a consultant in respiratory and general (internal) medicine at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Toby previously worked as a locum consultant at the London Chest Hospital and is currently RCP’s Sustainability Fellow.
He initially trained at Nottingham University Medical School and completed his higher training in London on the North East Thames Respiratory Rotation. Toby has completed postgraduate qualifications in Healthcare Leadership and Management and has a specialist interest in pleural disease and long COVID-19.
Dr Khin Swe Myint is a consultant endocrinologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She is honorary senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia’s School of Medicine.
Swe was educated in Yangon, Myanmar and came to UK in 1999 and did most of her post graduate general professional training in UK. She then completed her specialist training in diabetes, endocrinology and clinical pharmacology in Cambridge. She obtained an MD on clinical research in the field of obesity and Cardiovascular risk. She has a specialist interest in adrenal disorder, transition diabetes and obesity. She has been an RCP regional adviser and specialist adviser (endocrinology), PACE examiner and is RCP’s member of YAASG (Young Adults and Adolescents Group).
Dr Ajay Verma is a consultant gastroenterologist & physician at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He studied medicine at the University of Leicester.
Ajay has specialist interests in IBD, early colorectal cancer, endoscopy (including ERCP), and clinical research - he is the research director at Kettering General Hospital.
In 2019, Ajay was appointed gastroenterology specialty lead for CRN East Midlands. He was previously chair of the RCP’s New Consultants Committee and is also one of Kettering General Hospital’s chief clinical information officers.
Dr Hilary Williams is a consultant medical oncologist at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff where she is associate medical director. She trained in Sheffield and is an RCP regional advisor in Wales. Her work in medical oncology has now lead to development of national pathways integrating acute oncology and same day emergency care. Hilary has a special interest in bringing art into health care.