The clinical leads for the cardiology workstream were appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the British Cardiovascular Society. You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.

You can contact the project manager for this workstream at [email protected]

The GIRFT national report on cardiology has now been published

Click here to download or view the report

Click here to read an overview of the report and its recommendations.

We’ve also produced a short video with a summary of the report, including the key recommendations and opportunities for improvement.

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Sarah Clarke

Consultant cardiologist and clinical director at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, clinical vice president of the Royal College of Physicians, and deputy chair at the British Heart Foundation

Sarah is an interventional cardiologist and clinical director for strategic development at the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Cambridge.

She has a track record of leading the delivery of transformational clinical pathways. She led the introduction of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) in the East of England and was cardiology lead for the design of new Royal Papworth Hospital, opening in 2019.

Sarah was elected the first female president of the British Cardiovascular Society (2015-2018), was governor of the GB and Ireland Chapter, American College Cardiology (2015-2018) and has been a member of the board of the European Society Cardiology since 2018.

In 2019 she was elected clinical vice president of the Royal College of Physicians, heading up the care quality improvement directorate, and in 2021 appointed deputy chair to the British Heart Foundation.

In 2018 she was awarded the American College of Cardiology international service award for advancing cardiac care globally and, in the same year, the Mackenzie Medal of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Joint Clinical Lead: Professor Simon Ray

Consultant cardiologist, at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Professor of Cardiology, University of Manchester; and a past president of the British Cardiovascular Society 

Professor Ray was appointed consultant cardiologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS trust in 1995, prior to its merger which formed Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in 2017. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Cardiology at the University of Manchester in 2011. He has served as the president of the British Society of Echocardiography, vice president for clinical standards of the British Cardiovascular Society, and president of the British Heart Valve Society. He is a past president of the British Cardiovascular Society and a member of the board of trustees of the British Heart Foundation.

Professor Ray said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the joint clinical lead. GIRFT is an opportunity to make a real impact in improving the quality of care in cardiology by supporting trusts and individual clinicians in analysing, understanding and removing unwarranted variations in practice and clinical performance.”