Doug West was appointed as the new clinical lead for cardiothoracic surgery in January 2020, to carry our revisits for the specialty. He replaced David Richens, who retired in 2018 after authoring the GIRFT national report. Both were appointed with the endorsement of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery.
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The GIRFT national report on cardiothoracic surgery was published in 2018.
Clinical lead: Doug West
Consultant thoracic surgeon at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Doug West has been a consultant thoracic surgeon at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust since 2011, where he has served as divisional audit lead and departmental clinical lead.
Doug chairs the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery’s audit committee, and was the lead author on its 2018 National Database Report in Thoracic Surgery. He was vice chair of the 2019 NICE Lung Cancer Guideline Committee, and has worked on the development of NHS England’s National Optimal Lung Cancer Pathway and the 2019 NICE Quality Standards in Lung Cancer.
Report author: David Richens
The March 2018 GIRFT national report on cardiothoracic surgery was authored by David Richens. As a cardiac surgeon with a background in service development, clinical leadership and standard setting, David performed Scotland’s first heart transplant on New Year’s Day 1992. In 1995 he moved to Nottingham where he established the heart surgery unit. After working as head of service, clinical director and director of surgery, he retired from clinical practice in January 2017 and retired as GIRFT clinical lead in 2018.