CIRC Clinicians

This page contains information on 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

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder clinical priority

Autism Spectrum Disorder resources

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

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  

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 

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

Imran Rafi BSc MRCGP FRCP MSc PhD DFMS
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

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

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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