Who’s Behind The Project


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Geeta Aggarwal

Dr Nial Quiney

Nial is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Royal Surrey County Hospital.  He was appointed a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in 1995. Nial was the Clinical Director of ICU followed by Anaesthetics and Theatres. He is currently the Clinical Director of Emergency Department and Emergency Assessment Unit.
Nial is the Principal investigator for the Emergency Laparotomy Quality Improvement Care Bundle (ELPQuiC) project and is the Clinical Lead for this project. Nial Quiney received travel expenses/honararia by LiDCO.

 Professor Carol Peden

Carol Peden, BSc, MB ChB, MD, FRCA, FFICM, FFMLM, MPH.
Professor Carol Peden has recently become Director of the Center for Health Sciences Innovation at the University of Southern California; previously she was Associate Medical Director for Quality Improvement (QI), and Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Royal United Hospitals, Bath. She is also a Visiting Professor at Bath University’s School of Management. Carol was the 2014 Macintosh Professor of Anaesthesia of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), and the Humphry Davy Medal recipient in 2013. She was a 2008-2009 Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the USA, and completed a Masters degree in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard University.
Carol teaches regularly on quality and safety programmes around the world.  She is an author of major papers, books, reviews and standards including the “High Risk Surgical Patient” and “Emergency Surgery” standards of the Royal College of Surgeons and the RCoA, Audit and Quality Improvement Guidelines. She is a co-founder of the Emergency Laparotomy Network, QI lead for the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) and was National Clinical Director for Enhanced Recovery pathways in Emergency General Surgery. She is QI lead for the EPOCH study for High Risk Surgical Patients, and now for the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative.

Miss Anne Pullyblank

Anne is a Consultant Colorectal surgeon in Bristol and was Clinical Director for Surgery from 2010 to 2015. Anne participated in the Safer Patient’s Initiative 2 and was faculty for the peri- operative workstream for the South West Safety collaborative. She was shortlisted for a Health and Social Care Award in 2009 for work on the surgical safety checklist, winner of a National Patient Safety Award in 2011 for work on NG tube safety, shortlisted for a NHS leadership award in 2012 and shortlisted in 2 categories for a national patient safety award in 2014 for work on reducing surgical site infection. Anne is now Clinical Director for Patient Safety Collaborative at West of England Academic Health Science Network.

Dr Geeta Aggarwal

Geeta is a post-fellowship anaesthetic registrar currently working as clinical research fellow on the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative. She has a major interest in Quality Improvement and has helped lead the work on sepsis at Royal Surrey County Hospital and Kent Surrey and Sussex. She is currently working towards an MD in health economics within the project.

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Tim Stephens

Tim graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1999 as a registered nurse. He worked in critical care for several years before setting up a multi-professional patient safety training program across Barts Health NHS Trust, utilising various methods including in-situ simulation training, team training interventions and quality improvement (QI) projects. He completed an MSc in Global Health and Development at University College London in 2011 and undertook an internship in the WHO Patient Safety Team in Geneva at that time. His research interests include workforce training and health system improvement, particularly in the field of acute care, both within the UK and in resource limited settings. He is currently intervention co-ordinator for the EPOCH Trial providing QI advice and support for clinicians within the study and will form the basis of his PhD in peri-operative quality improvement.

James Kirkby-Bott

James Kirkby-Bott has been a consultant general surgeon at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) since 2013. His main role is as an emergency surgeon in Southampton’s acute surgery unit. Since the acute surgery unit was set up in 2012 the mortality from emergency laparotomy has fallen from over 13% to 8.4% in 2015. James is the lead surgeon at UHS for NELA, Sepsis and EPOCH as well as their trust lead for ELC. James is also the UK chapter lead for the World Society of Emergency Surgeons (WSES) and regular attendee of IATSIC. James is actively involved in research in acute surgery and publishes on a range of acute surgery topics, particularly surgical infection.

Suzanne Kellett

Suzanne Kellett is a Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton NHSFT with a special interest in Major Trauma.

She is passionate about improving the quality and efficiency of care for patients admitted as an emergency for some time and first conducted an audit of Emergency Laparotomy Care in January 2012. She is passionate about translating improvements in care in areas such as the emergency management of major trauma into other areas, such as emergency laparotomy and believes in the power of data to drive and support change.

When she is not at work, she is outdoors either on the water or in the garden.

Sadie Leack

Sadie is the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative programme manager and works for the KSS AHSN as well as the KSS Patient Safety Collaborative. She has over 12 years’ experience as an improvement consultant, programme/project manager and a team leader, managing a number of large-scale systems infrastructure projects and programmes for investment banks prior to joining the NHS. Now nurse-trained and an alumna of the prestigious NHS MTS leadership programme, her recent improvement work in healthcare has been recognised at a national level, with case studies published and nominations for national awards.

Sadie brings an unusual combination of technical, clinical and leadership experience to the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative programme which allows her to blend systems thinking and process improvement with an unrelenting focus on quality of care and patient experience.

Tracy Broom

Tracy is Associate Director for the Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative which is hosted by the Wessex Academic Health Science Network.

Her health care career spans over 30 years.  Her main area of clinical practice was ED nursing and she has also had a series of senior management roles within PCTs and Primary Care.

Tracy has an MSc in public service leadership.  She is mum to a lively teenager and primary carer for her father who is house bound with Parkinson’s disease. 

Patient safety is a focus for both her personal and professional life.

Claire Townley

A qualified nurse for 16 years with experience in both the NHS and the independent sector.  Initially undertook a degree in urological nursing at UCLH before moving into reproductive and sexual health nursing within the independent sector, working up to regional management.  Now undertaking a Masters in Advance Nursing Practice in Acute Surgery with UHS.  Keen Photographer, novice sailor and countryside lover.

Kevin Hunter

Patient Safety Programme Manager

With a lengthy military background and following an injury whilst serving in Afghanistan, Kevin joined the NHS on secondment to transfer the Specialised Paediatric Services to the Bristol Children’s Hospital as part of the closure of Frenchay Hospital.

Remaining in the NHS after his medical discharge, Kevin was appointed as the Assistant Divisional Manager for Surgery at Weston General Hospital before joining the West of England AHSN in March 2015 as the Patient Safety Programme Manager.  Kevin oversees the work of the Patient Safety Team with the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative being one of the workstreams Kevin is directly responsible for delivering.

Kevin has numerous management and project management qualifications and regularly volunteers to support others through organisations such as the Prince’s Trust.

Annette King

I am an experienced health and social care/policy researcher specialising in qualitative research methods and theory–informed empirical health research and evaluation. My interest lies in organisation and management of health services, and the development and evaluation of health service and social care interventions and policy, using multi-disciplinary approaches.

Having worked in various research settings – in academia at the University of East London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in government as a research analyst and the NHS as a research manager – I joined the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS), University of Kent in 2007. As part of my wider role in CHSS, I manage the research adviser team of the NIHR Research Design Service South East (RDS SE).    I studied Sociology and Political Economy at City University, have a Post-graduate Diploma in Health and Social Care Management (de Montfort) and an MBA (Merit) from Kent Business School (University of Kent).  My CHSS profile is at http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/staff/research/king.html


Ben Williams

Ben is a senior information analyst at Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) AHSN.  With over 11 years’ experience in the healthcare sector he now specialises in analysing and visualising data.

He has developed a number of data analytic tools for the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative that are used across KSS, Wessex and West of England which allow clinicians and managers to use their own data to drive forward quality improvement activities.