The Networks’ work programmes will particularly focus upon workforce development, innovation, and the reduction of unwarranted variation. In order to achieve this, strong, clinical leadership has been appointed:

Robert Atkinson, a consultant gastroenterologist with Barnsley Hospital NHS FT has been appointed as Clinical Lead for the Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Hosted Network (hosted by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS FT). Rob has recent experience as Clinical Director for his service in Barnsley, and has also been Secondary Care Specialist at Calderdale CCG since May 2018.

Kay Stenton, a consultant in Emergency Medicine with the The Rotherham NHS FT, has been appointed as Clinical Lead for the Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) Hosted Network (hosted by Barnsley Hospital NHS FT). Kay has been an ED consultant for over 10 years, the last 7 of those in Rotherham. She has worked across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw during her career in Emergency Medicine and has previously been the clinical project lead for the new Urgent and Emergency Care centre at Rotherham Hospital, and until recently the Trauma lead for Rotherham Hospital.

Radhika Gosakan, a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with the Rotherham FT, has been appointed as Clinical Lead for the Maternity Hosted Network, which is hosted by the Rotherham FT.

These will join the Stroke Hosted Network Leads – Jessica Redgrave and Gemma Hayden, and their Hosted Network Manager, Jaimie Shepherd – who were announced last week. Recruitment for the Level 3 Paediatrics Network posts are underway.

All of the Leads will be in post by January 2020. Over the next few weeks, the teams will work to get the infrastructure in place to give the Network a flying start in the New Year. Each Network’s team will soon be networking with colleagues right across our region – success will come from partnership working with all of our local organisations and professions.