National Clinical Director for Venous Thrombo-Embolism

Dr Mike Durkin is Medical Director of the South West Strategic Health Authority and he has been appointed as the National Clinical Director for Venous Thrombo-Embolism.Mike Durkin

  • provides: leadership in improving patient safety and clinical outcomes
  • ensures: patient care is at the centre of policy development
  • contributes: wide ranging experience in clinical and administrative areas
  • is responsible for: driving reduction in improvements in hospital care

About Dr Mike Durkin: Mike leads the South West Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Programme which supports the whole system approach to reduce in-hospital mortality and avoidable harm for the five million population across 41 NHS organisations.

He was Medical Director of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust from 1993 to 2002 and was Medical Director and Director of Clinical Quality for Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority in 2002.

In 2006 he was appointed to act as the External Medical Advisor to the Regulatory and Quality Improvement Authority in Northern Ireland.  In 2007 and 2008 he led a major investigation into the governance arrangements for symptomatic breast disease and pathology services for the Health Information and Quality Authority in the Republic of Ireland. He was on the core team for the Patient Safety Campaign for England as the advisor on leadership interventions.

He is a member of the NHS Life Sciences Innovation Delivery Board and in 2010 he was appointed to the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes Expert Panel. He is a member of the Department of Health National Liver Disease Strategy Board and sits on the England Revalidation Delivery Board.

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