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The PQIP Team

PQIP Project Team Role/Representing Bio
Dr Ramani Moonesinghe PQIP Lead Ramani is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at University College London Hospitals (UCLH)). She is Director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre based at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and Director of the NIHR funded UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre. Ramani was a Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012. In 2016 she was appointed as Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care at NHS England; she is also a member of the RCoA's Perioperative Medicine Leadership team.

Ramani's academic interest is Health Services and Improvement Research in perioperative medicine, in particular, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery. In 2015 she began a 3-year fellowship in Improvement Science with the Health Foundation; the focus of her fellowship is developing PQIP and studying how clinicians use data for quality improvement, testing new methods of helping them.

Dr Ramani Moonesinghe
Dr Chris Snowden National Clinical Lead for Perioperative Medicine Chris Snowden, a Consultant Anaesthetist in Newcastle upon Tyne, has throughout his career been involved in establishing key components of perioperative care at a local, regional and national level. As POM Clinical Lead, Chris is responsible for driving forwards the RCoA Perioperative Medicine Programme. Dr Chris Snowden
Dr David Gilhooly PQIP Fellow David graduated from NUI Dublin in 2003 and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2006. In 2010 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
David has completed fellowships in Difficult Airways, Simulation and Bariatrics and is currently undertaking an HRSC fellowship.
Dr David Gilhooly
Dr Duncan Wagstaff PQIP Fellow Duncan is primarily involved in the set-up and ethnographic evaluation of PQIP. He's an Anaesthesia trainee (ST5) in North Central London, currently finishing an Academic Clinical Fellowship and about to begin an MD(res) using qualitative methods to explore the use of data for quality improvement. His other academic interests include Health Economics and Global Anaesthesia. Dr Duncan Wagstaff
Dr Helena Smith PQIP Media Advisor Helena is an anaesthetist at UCLH. During her anaesthetic training, she diversified and gained her Masters of Fine Arts at the Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program at New York University.

Helena has combined film-making with medicine to create documentary films that aim to communicate with patients, carers and healthcare professionals to inspire, educate and inform.

Helena’s main area of interest is producing patient experience documentaries alongside films showing the patient perioperative medical journey. The aim of these films is to focus attention to patient centred care, shared decision making and patient education to enhance quality improvements initiatives within perioperative medicine.

Helena Smith
Dr James Bedford PQIP Fellow James graduated from Peninsula Medical School in 2007. Since then he has spent time training in Anaesthesia in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery before moving to London in 2013. He is currently an ST5 dual trainee in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in the South East School of Anaesthesia, London. He has also spent time working in Intensive Care at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia.
James' main role in PQIP will involve quantitative data analysis which will inform the quality improvement initiatives.
Dr James Bedford
Mr James Goodwin Research Manager, RCoA

James is the Research Manager at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, looking after departmental strategy, budgets, and projects and managing the team. James oversees the RCoA Perioperative Medicine Programme and delivery of the College’s research objectives, including PQIP, the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA), the National Audit Projects (NAPs) and Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects (SNAPs). James manages the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) and the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC).

From 2010-2015, James was the Faculty Supervisor for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Faculty of Pain Medicine, working on a variety of functions including training, recruitment, curricula and publications. James has previously worked within the RCoA Training Department and on the Department of Health’s NHS International Fellowships Programme.

Mr James Goodwin
Dr Jonathan Wilson Pilot site representative: York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust Jonathan has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at York Hospital since April 1995. He undertook undergraduate training at St.Andrews and Manchester Universities, and completed postgraduate anaesthetic training in the Royal Army Medical Corps, then the Yorkshire Region Registrar and Senior Registrar rotations.

Over his 21 years as a Consultant Anaesthetist Jonathan has had research interests in improving outcomes for high-risk surgical patients, particularly with regard to strategies of optimising oxygen delivery and tissue perfusion. Current research interests include the management of high-risk surgical patients, preload responsiveness monitoring, and exercise testing for high-risk surgical patients.

Jonathan's role in PQIP is as site representative. His input keeps the aspirations of PQIP as realistic and deliverable as possible for the teams on the ground who will be providing the data, and some have kindly described him as the resident cynic (with tongue firmly in cheek of course!).

Dr Jonathan Wilson
Dr Maria Chazapis PQIP Fellow

Maria is an Anaesthetic Research Fellow based at the UCL/UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre. She is an ex-Darzi fellow, specialising in quality improvement methodologies. She is working towards completing her PhD in quality and safety measures for the improvement of perioperative care.

Dr Maria Chazapis
Mr Martin Cripps Net Solving Ltd Martin is a Senior Consultant at Net Solving specialising in online data collection tools for audits, questionnaires and registries.

Previous IT experience includes insurance, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, travel and digital media. More recent projects include National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA), Sentinel Stroke National Audit Program (SSNAP) and the UK Cystic Fibrosis Registry.

Mr Martin Cripps
Prof Mike Grocott HSRC Executive Management Board Mike Grocott is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southampton (UoS) and a consultant in Critical Care Medicine at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust.

Mike graduated from St George’s in 1992 and was appointed senior lecturer at UCL in 2005.  He was founding director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (2011-2016) and chairs the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit.  Mike is NIHR CRN national specialty group lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain.  He also serves on the RCoA Perioperative Medicine leadership group and is an elected board member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Prof Mike Grocott
Dr Michael Swart National Clinical Lead for Perioperative Medicine Mike Swart, a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in Torquay, has had a professional interest in perioperative medicine for the last 17 years and has been involved in developing and implementing improvements in preoperative and postoperative care for patients both locally and nationally. As POM Clinical Lead, Mike is responsible for driving forwards the RCoA Perioperative Medicine Programme.
Dr Michael Swart
Prof Naomi Fulop Professor of Health Care Organisation& Management, UCL Naomi Fulop is Professor of Health Care Organisation & Management in the Department for Applied Health Research, University College London and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. Naomi’s research interests and expertise are at the interface between health policy and service delivery, management and organisation of health care. With experience of leading large-scale research studies, Naomi is currently the elected Chair of the Health Services Research UK. Prof Naomi Fulop
Mr Paul Cripps Net Solving Ltd Paul is the owner of Net Solving Ltd, a business specialising in online data collection and reporting tools for clinical audits and clinical registries. Mr Paul Cripps
Ms Sharon Drake Director of Research & Clinical Quality, RCoA

Sharon Drake is Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Clinical Quality and Research at the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA).
Sharon leads on the formulation of RCoA strategy, policy and plans in respect of standards, quality improvement, safety and research and is a member of the RCoA Senior Management Team.

Sharon has worked in the education and healthcare sector for the last 23 years, both as an educator and a senior manager.  The last fifteen years have been spent working at Board level with two of the largest medical Royal Colleges, delivering and supporting medical education, training and healthcare policy in a challenging and changing landscape.


Ms Sharon Drake
Ms Alexandra Brent Perioperative Medicine Programme Coordinator, RCoA Alexandra administratively coordinates the RCoA Perioperative Medicine Programme and PQIP. She is the initial contact point for anybody participating, or with an interest, in PQIP and can be contacted at pqip@rcoa.ac.uk. Ms Alexandra Brent
Dr Dermot McGuckin NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow Dermot qualified from Queen's University Belfast in 2008 and began his anaesthetic training in the Central London School of Anaesthesia in 2011. He is currently an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at University College London with an interest in data science and health services research, particularly in relation to perioperative risk prediction and outcomes measurement.
Dr Dermot McGuckin
Mr Jake Comish Net Solving Ltd Jake is a consultant at Net Solving working on audits, registries and reporting tools.

Previous experience includes the automotive, financial and energy sectors.