CIRC Clinicians

This page contains information on all of the clinicians who work with us in CIRC.

Joanna Bircher MA (Cantab) MB ChB FRCGP PGCertEd (2014 -2015)

Dr Joanna Bircher is the clinical support fellow for Quality Improvement, CIRC. Joanna is a GP, trainer and appraiser in Tameside and Glossop. She is also the clinical lead for Quality Improvement at Tameside and Glossop CCG and a Generation Q Fellow of the Health Foundation. She is currently working towards her Masters in Leadership for Quality Improvement at Ashridge Business School. Her particular interest is in making established quality improvement methodology relevant and accessible for primary care.

Quality Improvement resources

Jonathan Botting (2010 – 2012)
Dr Jonathan Botting was the clinical champion for Minor Surgery and is now the clinical lead. He provides GPwSI minor surgery lists at his practice and for neighbouring PCTs and undertakes about 1000 surgical procedures yearly. He researched, wrote, published and presented the Diploma of Minor Surgery, a postgraduate, Middlesex University accredited diploma. The main RCGP project he is working on currently is the Community-Based Surgery Audit (CBSA).

Minor Surgery resources 

Carole Buckley (2014 - 2017)
Dr Carole Buckley is the Clinical Champion for Autistic Spectrum Disorder. A GP in Bristol, she was the GP representative on the NICE guideline development groups for autism in adults and the management of autism in children and young people. She is a member of the RCGP Intellectual Disability Professional Network and currently sits on the NICE guideline development group for those with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges. She believes that primary care is essential in improving health outcomes for potentially unrecognised and vulnerable individuals on the autistic spectrum along with their family and carers.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder clinical priority

Autistic Spectrum Disorder resources

Gene Feder MD FRCGP (2011 – 2014)
Professor Gene Feder is one of the champions for Domestic Violence. Professor of primary health care at the University of Bristol and a salaried GP, he has chaired three NICE clinical guidelines and the WHO guidelines on domestic violence. He is currently chairing the NICE domestic violence programme development group. His current research programme focuses on the management of ischaemic heart disease and health care responses to domestic violence.

Domestic Violence clinical priority

Domestic Violence resources 

Paramjit Gill DM FRCGP FHEA (2011 – 2014)
Dr Paramjit Gill is the champion for Social Inclusion. He is a GP and a reader in Primary Care Research at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include addressing health inequalities in health and healthcare, particularly amongst migrant populations, and evidence-based health care and its application to healthcare delivery.

Social Inclusion clinical priority

Kathryn Griffith (2013 - 2016)
Dr Kathryn Griffith is the champion for Kidney Care. She is a GP in York and a GP cardiology specialist at York Hospital. She achieved her Masters in postgraduate cardiology with a dissertation on CKD in primary care and subsequently joined the DH Renal Advisory Group. Kathryn has helped to develop RCPEdin consensus statements in early CKD (2007) and Atrial Fibrillation (2012), a KDIGO guideline update in CKD (2012) and NICE guidelines in AKI (2012) and CKD (2013).

Chronic Kidney Disease clinical priority

Kevin Gruffydd-Jones BM BCh FRCGP Dip Sports Medicine Dip Oc Health
Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones was the Respiratory clinical champion from 2009 – 2011 and is now the clinical lead for this area. He is a GP trainer and educator and has published over 20 peer reviewed papers in asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). Kevin is also a GPwSI in Sports Medicine.

Respiratory clinical priority

Sachin Gupta
Dr Sachin Gupta is the RCGP Supporting Carers in General Practice Clinical Lead and a GP Principal in Welwyn Garden City. Prior to becoming the Clinical Lead in December 2013, Dr Gupta was an RCGP GP Champion for Carers. As well as having expertise in carer identification and support within primary care, Dr Gupta has an interest in clinical leadership, is a Non-Executive Director of Herts Urgent Care (HUC) and works for Macmillan in a non-clinical role. He is also the Welhart Locality Lead for patient engagement and long-term conditions.

Carers resources

Isabel Hodkinson
Dr Isabel Hodkinson is the clinical lead for Care Planning. She has been GP diabetes lead for Tower Hamlets since 1994, this role has grown particularly with delivery of the Year of Care project (2007-2010). She is an undergraduate clinical tutor for Barts and the London, an appraiser and since April 2011, co-vice chair of NHS Tower Hamlet Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Care Planning 

Matt Hoghton 
Dr Matt Hoghton is the Medical Director of CIRC and was the previous clinical champion for Learning Disabilities. As part of the RCGP Intellectual Disability Professional network and CIRC he promotes reasonable adjustments in health care for people with LD and their carers. He has authored several publications including the RCGP Step by Step guide to annual health checks and the eLearning for health LD modules. He is the lead investigator in the DH confidential enquiry into people with learning disabilities and is a research active GP and trainer in Clevedon Riverside Group practice in North Somerset.

Learning Disability resources 

Martin Johnson MB ChB DRCOG DCH MRCGP (2011 – 2014)
Dr Martin Johnson is the clinical champion for Chronic Pain. He chairs the RCGP Pain Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Primary and Community Pain Management Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society. Martin is also the GP member of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, helping to drive national issues surrounding pain management. He is involved with several projects across the UK to improve the recognition and assessments of pain in Primary Care including the English and Irish Pain Summits, Scottish Cross Party Pain Group and potentially a new Welsh Advisory Board for Pain.

Chronic Pain resources  

Catherine Millington-Sanders (2014 - 2016)
Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders is the Clinical Champion for End of Life Care (EoLC). She has worked as a speciality doctor in palliative medicine for seven years and is the Clinical Commissioning Lead for EoLC, cancer, elderly/frail and long-term integrated out-of-hospital care in Richmond. In 2010, she became GP clinical lead on the Coordinate my Care development board and led its pan-London implementation alongside the NHS 111 roll out. Alongside forming and chairing the London EoLC CCG Advisory Group, Catherine co-led the design and development of Difficult Conversations© multi- professional interactive training for which she is the clinical lead and facilitator.

EOLC clinical priority

EOLC resources 

Michael Moore BM BS MRCP FRCGP MSc (2012 – 2015)
Dr Michael Moore is the clinical champion for Antimicrobial Stewardship. He is a clinical researcher and part time general practitioner, the lead clinician in a research active practice and academic lead for the PCRNSW East Hub. He has been an active researcher for 15 years and has published in the areas of acute self limiting illness and depression.

Antimicrobial Stewardship resources

John Patterson (2014 - 2017)
Dr John Patterson is the Clinical Champion for Health Inequalities and the Medical Director of Hope Citadel Healthcare, a social enterprise working within the NHS, running practices and walk-in centres in hard-pressed neighbourhoods around Greater Manchester. They have had great success using a model called ‘Focused Care’ to bias healthcare access to the most vulnerable and needy households. Previously he has worked with local PCTs to improve Primary Care use of Accident & Emergency departments. He is interested in using narrative theory to enhance longitudinal care within a salaried workforce.

Health Inequalities clinical priority

Rachel Pryke MB BS, MRCGP (2011 – 2014)
Dr Rachel Pryke is the clinical champion for Nutrition for Health. She has particular clinical interests in weight management, malnutrition and lifestyle motivation, plus adolescent and women’s health. Rachel has authored two books and has been involved in many weight and nutrition-related projects, including giving lectures and workshops and co-authoring the Obesity module of the Adolescent Health eLearning project.

Nutrition for Health clinical priority Nutrition for Health resources

Dr Imran Rafi is the Chair of CIRC. Imran is a GP in Surrey and a Senior Lecturer in Primary Care Education at St George’s University of London and has a background in General Medicine and Oncology, Public Health Medicine and Genetics. Imran is also currently acting as our clinical champion for Rare Diseases (2012 – 2015).

Rare Diseases resources

Jill Rasmussen MBChB FRCGP FFPM DObst DipTher. (2012 – 2015)
Dr Jill Rasmussen is one of the clinical champions for Dementia. She is a Primary Care Clinician with special interests in psychiatry and neurology. Jill has worked in the pharmaceutical industry internationally, with responsibility for the development of new drugs for psychiatry and neurology. In the NHS she focuses on patients with learning disability, serious and common mental illness as well as neurodegenerative diseases.

Dementia resources

Jane H Roberts (2013 - 2016)
Dr Jane Roberts is the clinical champion for Youth Mental Health and is an academic GP at Sunderland University. She also chairs the RCGP Adolescent Health Group and is a member of the executive of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC). Jane is a Churchill Fellow and  has visited Australia to study approaches to improving mental health services for young people.

Youth Mental Health clinical priority

Adolescent Health resources

Louise Robinson MD FRCGP (2012 – 2015)
Professor Louise Robinson is a clinical champion for Dementia. She is a GP and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing at the Institutes of Ageing and Health/Health and Society, Newcastle University. She leads the Primary Care Clinical Studies Group for the Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) and is part of the Ministerial Dementia Research Group. 

Dementia resources

Greg Rogers (2013 - 2016) 
Dr Greg Rogers is the clinical champion for Epilepsy Care. He is a GP in Margate and a GPwSI in Epilepsy in East Kent. Greg chairs the UK GP Epilepsy Society which is affiliated to the International League Against Epilepsy. He helped to develop the recently updated NICE Guidelines on Epileps and Quality Standard and Commissioning Framework on Epilepsy.

Epilepsy clinical priority

Epilepsy resources

Richard Roope (2012 – 2017)
Dr Richard Roope is the Clinical Champion for Cancer. He trained in Cambridge and The Royal London Hospital and has had sessional work in the cancer arena since 2002, initially as the Primary Cancer Care Lead, and since 2011, he has been the Cancer Network GP Lead, a role that is continuing in the new Wessex Area Team.  He is also an Occupational Health Physician 1 day a week, having studied for the MSc through Manchester University.

Cancer clinical priority

Cancer resources

Chris Salisbury MB ChB MSc MD FRCGP (2014 - 2017)
Professor Chris Salisbury is the Chair of the Scientific Foundation Board, Chair of the RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award and sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of General Practice. Chris is a Professor of Primary Health Care and head of the Centre of Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol while also working as a part-time GP in Bristol. He has published four books and about 120 research papers and his main research interests relate to how to improve delivery of primary care.

Scientific Foundation Board

Research Paper of the Year Award

Waqaar Shah (2013 - 2016)
Dr Waqaar Shah is the Clinical Champion for Eye Health and a GP partner in South London.
He is the Honorary Treasurer of the Section of General Practice with Primary Health Care, Royal Society of Medicine. He sits on the Department of Health Eye Care Forum, the Clinical Council for Eye Care Commissioning, and the Vision 2020 UK Ophthalmic Public Health Committee. He is the Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology Commissioning in Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group. Prior to general practice, Dr Shah spent five years working in Ophthalmology.

Eye Health clinical priority

Eye Health resources

Judy Shakespeare (2014 - 2019)
Dr Judy Shakespeare is the Clinical Champion for Perinatal Mental Health. She has retired from a busy inner city practice in Oxford. For many years she has been interested in women’s health and she has been active in research into perinatal mental health. She was the RCGP representative to the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths until 2011 and she is now a core collaborator in Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries in the UK (MBRRACE-UK), the collaboration appointed by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to continue the national programme of work investigating maternal deaths, stillbirths and infant deaths.

Perinatal Mental Health clinical priority

Perinatal Mental Health resources

Alex Sohal BSc(Hons) MB ChB MRCGP MSc MD(Res) (2011 – 2014)
Dr Alex Sohal is one of the clinical champions for Domestic Violence. She is enthusiastic about raising awareness of domestic violence and its impact on health among primary care colleagues in the UK. Alex is a GP who has regularly seen women experiencing domestic violence in her clinical practice. She is also a Walport Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care and has developed four questions (HARK) to identify the different dimensions of intimate partner violence in general practice.

Domestic Violence clinical priority

Domestic Violence resources

Bill Taylor MB ChB DCH DRCOG FRCGP (2014 - 2015)

Dr Bill Taylor is the clinical lead for Quality Improvement, CIRC. He has had an interest in improving quality for many years. He chaired the Quality Practice Award programme for ten years, led on Practice Accreditation in Scotland and more recently has been delivering training to general practice in various quality improvement methods and tools.

Quality Improvement resources

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