University academics appointed National Clinical Directors

Professor John Young and Sean Duffy, both from the School of Medicine, have been appointed National Clinical Directors (NCD) to spearhead change in healthcare delivery in the NHS.

Professor Young has been appointed NCD for Integration and the Frail Elderly. He is Professor of Elderly Care Medicine and head of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation. John is based in Bradford where he is a Consultant at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Duffy has been appointed NCD for Cancer. He is a Senior Lecturer (Consultant) in the Section of Pathology and Tumour Biology and a consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Gynaecology.

The official announcement of the appointments was made by Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of the NHS Commissioning Board, at the Health Innovations Conference EXPO 2013.

National Clinical Directors – sometimes referred to as ‘Tsars’ – represent the NHS in the Department of Health. As experts who oversee the implementation of a National Service Framework, their role is to drive change by working closely with policy and delivery teams, clinical networks and the NHS management community.

Dean of the School of Medicine Professor David Cottrell said: “These are extremely prestigious appointments and great evidence that School of Medicine's staff are influencing national affairs and having real impact in our wider society.”

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