AN EMERGENCY medicine consultant from Solihull has been appointed as the new national clinical director for urgent and emergency care at the Department of Health, replacing Sir George Alberti.
Professor Matthew Cooke, who works for Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, will be using his expertise to work with colleagues to further improve the quality and safety of emergency care nationally.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, said: “I am delighted that Matthew has been appointed to this important leadership post which will be instrumental in supporting and engaging clinicians in the delivery of high quality urgent and emergency care services for patients in England.
“The Trust’s A&E departments benefit in many ways with his expertise in specialised emergency care systems and research in emergency medicine, including clinical trials of the treatment of injuries and research in to how emergency care should be organised.”
Professor Cooke, said: “I look forward to being able to work with colleagues in ambulance services, primary care, emergency departments and secondary care to further improve the quality and safety of emergency care delivered by the NHS.”
Matthew has been a consultant at Heart of England Foundation Trust for six years and is nationally recognised for his expertise in emergency care systems and processes. He is also the professor of emergency medicine at the University of Warwick and held a previous role as emergency medicine advisor at the Department of Health.