Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications

Masters of Science in Healthcare Informatics (awarded with Merit) University of Bath/Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh December 2010
Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductice Healthcare (including Competence in Sub Dermal Implants) October 2006
Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners July 2005
Jointly Awarded Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy (University of Newcastle upon Tyne) December 1998

Education

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / University of Bath October 2002 – December 2010
Completed via part-time distance learning study MSc Healthcare Informatics
Dissertation Project: Evaluation of the use of Web 2.0 technologies in a system for distribution of health and administrative alerts from Health Boards to locum General Practitioners
The Medical School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1990 – 1998
Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH
Studied Medicine on the combined MBBS/PhD Programme
Clinical Training September 1995 – December 1998
PhD in Physiology, Foulkes Foundation Fellowship September 1992 – November 1997
Artificial Neural Networks in Medicine: Theory and Application in Biomedical Systems
Pre-Clinical MBBS October 1990 – June 1992

Experience

Current Roles

Primary Care eHealth Advisor, Scottish Government February 2013 – to date

Supporting other clinical informatics colleagues I provide a Primary Care focused domain specialist knowledge to the eHealth division of Scottish Government.

Scottish Clinical Information Management in Practice working group April 2011 – to date

As a member of the SCIMP working group I am involved with a number of national Scottish eHealth projects, including the Emergency Care Summary (ECS), electronic Palliative Care Summary (ePCS) and the Key Information Summary. Since November 2013 I chaired the annual SCIMP conference, subsequently co-chairing the annual SCIMP/SNUG conference.

Member East Lothian Community Health Partnership Clinical Effectiveness Group September 2010 – to date

Part of the ELCEG, we work to support protected learning time (PLT) events and other clinical activities in East Lothian

GP Partner – East Linton Surgery December 2009 – to date

Based in a small (1.6WTE) rural GP practice in East Lothian I work 5 sessions a week as a GP Partner.

Previous Posts

Advisory/Consultancy Role – NHS Education for Scotland January 2009 – September 2010

Providing domain specific knowledge I am working with Dr Murray Lough on the development of a Multi-Source Feedback tool for sessional general practitioners.

Maternity Locum – Garthdee Medical Group July 2009 – October 2009

Replacing a 5-session partner in a busy practice in Aberdeen City, I have been providing maternity cover for the clinical and associated administrative workload of the absent partner.

Maternity Locum – Peterculter Medical Practice September 2008 – June 2009

In a role overlapping for 2 months with my previous maternity locum with this practice, I undertook to provide maternity cover for another 5-session partner, again involving responsibility for QoF areas within the practice. I was also able to offer my services to help provide the practice’s sub dermal contraceptive implant clinic, and used my informatics skills to assist the practice manger in improving the practice’s website.

Maternity Locum – Peterculter Medical Practice February 2008 – November 2008

Replacing a 5-session partner on maternity leave I took on responsibility for various QoF areas, as well as providing the practice’s

child health checks and providing regular support to one of the practice’s aligned nursing homes. I developed a protocol for recall and recording Adults with Incapacity Certificates.

Locum General Practitioner – various practices in Grampian August 2007 – February 2008

Working predominately as a partial replacement for 2 part-time partners in a suburban practice I also under took various ad hoc sessions in other practices and with the GMEDS out of hour’s service.

Locum General Practitioner – various practices around Glasgow September 2006 – August 2007

Relocating for personal reasons I have continued to work as a locum, gaining further experience in a wide range of practices in Greater Glasgow, Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Argyle. This included working single-handed in inner city and rural practices as well as being part of larger practice teams. I also undertook some protocol development work.

Locum General Practitioner – various practices in Grampian September 2005 – September 2006

Working in variety of rural and urban practices in the Grampian area I gained experience in using GPASS, Vision and EMIS PCS clinical systems in a paper light manner. From December 2005 I had a regular 2 days a week commitment in Insch Medical Practice, a rural practice with associated community hospital, completing surgeries, visits and prescription administrative work. I also completed a half day working as a duty doctor with my training practice and had frequent full day commitments with an inner-city practice in a multi-practice premises. I gained experience of the challenges of working in both rural and city centre environments, each practice had its own challenges, rurality/distance from hospital services or a mix of immigrant populations with language problems as well as the expected inner city deprivation and drugs problems.

GP Registrar

General Practice Registrar – Peterculter Medical Practice August 2004 – August 2005

Peterculter gained Practice Accreditation in 2004 and holds Investors in People status. The practice is a high achiever in the QOF and has nurse-led chronic disease management clinics. It is a suburban/semi-rural 4 partner practice with a list of ~7300 patients in a paper light environment using the EMIS LV computer system. I gained a wide range of experience including: chronic disease management, providing medical input to local nursing homes, child health surveillance & antenatal care and experience in palliative care from a partner who works with Macmillan Cancer Relief. I completed Summative Assessment and MRCGP and developed proficiency in Minor Surgical Procedures including: cryotherapy of minor skin lesions, suturing of lacerations and other wounds, ingrowing toenail surgery, excision of sebaceous cysts and lipomas and electrocautery of skin tags. My audit project won the regional Musculoskeletal Medicine prize from the Arthritis Research Campaign and involved developing a system for monitoring DMARDs within the practice. I was exposed to out-of-hours care through the GDOCS co-operative and subsequently GMEDS, completing sessions in both Aberdeen city and the rural centre in Aboyne.

Aberdeen GPVTS

Senior House Officer – Obstetrics and Gynaecology February 2004 – August 2004
Aberdeen Maternity Hospital & Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust

3 months of Obstetrics and 3 months of Gynaecology involving Antenatal clinics, Labour ward, Early Pregnancy Problems Unit, Postnatal wards, Gynaecology outpatient clinics and inpatient Gynaecological oncology. I helped introduce a system to streamline the application for annual and study leave whilst ensuring required clinical cover was maintained.

Senior House Officer – Accident and Emergency August 2003 – February 2004
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Experience in management of both minor and major A&E cases at both adult and children’s A&E departments; participation in a dressings review clinic and care of patients on the A&E ward.

Senior House Officer – Elective Orthopaedics May 2003 – August 2003
Woodend Hospital, Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Skills gained in the assessment of common orthopaedic problems in a weekly outpatient clinic whilst working for an orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in joint replacement and back surgery. Responsible for the assessment of patients prior to operation and assisting with some operations. Completed an Audit of Operation Notes highlighting problems within departmental systems.

Senior House Officer – Dermatology February 2003 – May 2003
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Participated in 4 to 5 outpatient clinics a week (including patch testing and cryotherapy/warts) and involved with inpatient care, developing skills in the treatment of common dermatological conditions.

Senior House Officer – Old Age Psychiatry August 2002 – February 2003
Royal Cornhill Hospital, Grampian Primary Care NHS Trust

As part of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary team, including CPN’s and social workers, covering Central Aberdeenshire. This post involved a mix of inpatient care and community work in the assessment and ongoing management of over 65s with dementia and functional psychiatric illness. Experience gained in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry through participation in on-call rota.

Previous Experience

ECCI Project Doctor September 2001 – August 2002
Electronic Clinical Communications Implementation – Grampian, Directorate of e-Health, NHS Grampian

This post involved acting to support existing Project Doctors Dr Stuart Scott (GP) and Dr Dick Scorgie (Hospital Consultant) in the implementation phases of the Electronic Clinical Communication Implementation, for which Grampian is one of the lead sites. Acting principally in secondary care to produce continued clinical focus and involvement; the post also included clinical sessions at the Woolmanhill diabetes clinic with Dr Pearson.

Regional Doctor Co-ordinator – Implementation Support Group November 2000 – August 2001
Scottish Executive Health Department

A secondment acting as a regional project doctor for the New Deal Implementation Support Group, an independent group reporting to the Scottish Executive Health Department and the Scottish Junior Doctors Committee of the BMA. The role involved acting in advisory and supportive capacity to doctors-in-training, consultants and management in NHS Trusts in the north of Scotland; to aid them with the planning and implementation of the New Contract and New Deal for doctors-in-training by enabling the facilitation of partnership between doctors-in-training and clinical directorate management teams. In this post I was able to develop negotiating and management skills and worked as part of a regional and national team. I drew on my previous experience to make a positive contribution to IT systems being developed to support the work of the group.

Senior House Officer – General Medicine Rotation February 2000 – November 2000
North Tyneside General Hospital, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Attachments to Elderly Care, Coronary Care, and the Combined Gastrointestinal Unit. I assisted with enrolling patients into the GUSTO IV Acute MI trial. From August 2000 I took on responsibility for organising and co-ordinating the shift rota for Senior House Officers and Junior House Officers within the Medical Directorate.

Pre-Registration House Officer – General Medicine August 1999 – February 2000
Hartlepool General Hospital, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust

3 months Elderly Care Medicine and 3 months General Medicine working with Consultants in Cardiology and Gastroenterology. Involved in teaching Medical students from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and active in the Junior Doctors Forum within the Hospital.

Pre-Registration House Officer – General Surgery February 1999 – August 1999
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead Health NHS Trust

Orthopaedics (one month Elective and one month Trauma), two months General Surgery and two months Vascular Surgery. Responsible for organising and co-ordinating the partial shift rota for House Officers in General Surgery and Orthopaedics. During my period with the Trust I was involved in a House Officer lead initiative to extend the surgical pre-assessment service.

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne September 1992 – November 1997

Based in an active research group under the supervision of Dr Gary Green, with support from the Foulkes Foundation Fellowship, I investigated the application of artificial neural networks in the modelling and non-linear systems identification of a range of biomedical processes, including nerve membrane biophysics, the biceps stretch reflex and auditory evoked potentials. A significant part of this work involved comparing the Nobel Prize winning model of nerve membrane biophysics, produced by Hodgkin and Huxley in 1952, with models produced using artificial neural networks from molluscan neurones. During my time in the department I was able to develop skills in critical analysis of published research, computer literacy and programming, communication and presentation. In addition I developed planning and problem solving abilities and learnt how to work as an integrated member of the research group.

Courses/Training

Douneside Residential Course (RCGP NE Scotland Faculty) November 2010
Hot Topics for General Practice (NB Medical Education) September 2010
Douneside Residential Course (RCGP NE Scotland Faculty) November 2009
Douneside Residential Course (RCGP NE Scotland Faculty) November 2008
Douneside Residential Course (RCGP NE Scotland Faculty) November 2007
Hot Topics for General Practice (NB Medical Education) September 2007
Douneside Residential Course (RCGP NE Scotland Faculty) November 2006
Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning: Practical Course including Competence in Sub Dermal Implants September 2006
Hot Topics for General Practice (NB Medical Education) April 2005
Minor Surgery for General Practitioners (Cuschieri Skills Centre, Ninewells, Dundee) January 2005
Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning: Theory and STIF Course (Aberdeen) November 2004
Advanced Trauma Life Support (North Tyneside) June 2003
Negotiation Skills (3 days run by BMA) May 2002
Media Training (1/2 day run by BMA) January 2002

Publications

Craig, J., L. Morris, J. Cameron, J. Setters, D. Varley, A. Lay, I. Thompson. (2015) An evaluation of the impact of the key information summary on GPs and out-of-hours clinicians in NHS Scotland. Scottish Medical Journal, 24 March, doi: 10.1177/0036933015577540 http://scm.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/03/24/0036933015577540.abstract

Wagner, M.G., I.M. Thompson, S.Manchanda, P.G.Hearne, and G.G.R.Green. (1996) Modelling the Wiener Cascade using Time Delayed and Recurrent Neural Networks. In M.van der Heyden, J.Mrsic–Flogel and K. Weigl (Eds.), Helnet 95 (International Workshop on Neural Networks), Chapter 17, Amsterdam, pp. 160-168. VU University Press.

Wagner, M.G., I.M.Thompson, S.Manchanda, P.G.Hearne, and G.G.R.Green. (1995) Modelling the Wiener Cascade using Time Delayed and Recurrent Neural Networks. In Proceedings of the VII Italian Workshop on Neural Networks, Vetri sul Mare, Salerno, World Scientific Publishing. pp 142–150.

Janahmadi, M., P.G.Hearne, I.M.Thompson, R.Bal, D.J.Sanders, and G.G.R.Green. (1995) Non-linear dynamics of the potassium delayed rectifier current in cultured neurones of Helix aspersa. In Proceedings of the Physiological Society ( Oxford Meeting), Number 487, pp. 187P.

Janahmadi, M., P.G.Hearne, I.M.Thompson, D.J.Sanders, and G.G.R.Green (1995) Calcium currents in cultured neurones of Helix aspersa. In Proceedings of the Physiological Society ( Oxford Meeting), Number 487, pp. 58P.

Hearne, P.G., S.Manchanda, M.Janahmadi, I.M.Thompson, J.Wray, D.J.Sanders, and G.G.R.Green (1994) Solutions to the Hodgkin–Huxley equations: Functional analysis of a molluscan neurone.In F.H.Eeckman and J.M.Bower. (Editors), Computation in Neurons and Neural Systems CNS93, Chapter 1, pp. 3-9. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Representational & Medico-political

Scottish Representative on UK Sessional GP Subcommittee of the British Medical Association 2007 – 2009
Sessional GP representative on Scottish General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association 2007 – 2009
Member of Grampian Local Medical Committee and GP Subcommittee 2007 – 2009
Member of Glasgow Locum Group Committee 2006 – 2007
Member of Greater Glasgow & Clyde Local Medical Committee and GP Subcommittee 2006 – 2007
Honarary Secretary/Treasurer, Grampian Division of the British Medical Association March 2006 – September 2006 and August 2007 – October 2009
Chairman, Grampian Division of the British Medical Association 2004 – 2005
Member of UK GP Registrars Subcommittee of the British Medical Association 2004 – 2005
Member of UK Junior Doctors Committee of the British Medical Association and member of Negotiating Subcommittee 2003 – 2004
Member of Scottish Council of the British Medical Association 2003 – to date
Chair, Grampian Regional Junior Doctors Committee of the British Medical Association 2001 – 2004
Junior Doctors’ Mess Treasurer, Hartlepool General Hospital. 1999 – 2000

Folk Dance

Treasurer of Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival Central organisation 2004 – 2010
Chair of Friends of the Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival 2003 – 2004
Treasurer of Friends of the Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival 2002 – 2003
Member of group organising the Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival 2002 in St. Andrews, March 2002. 2000 – 2002
Company Treasurer for IVFDF 2000 Ltd. 2001 – 2003
Member of group organising and running 50th Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival in Glasgow,February 2000 (IVFDF 2000 Ltd). 1998 – 2000
President of Newcastle University Scottish Country Dance Society. 1994 – 1995
Treasurer for Newcastle University Scottish Country Dance Society. 1992 – 1994

Other

Designed and assisted with lighting for a variety of Newcastle University Gilbert and Sullivan Society productions. 1994 – 1997
Worked part time as Help Desk Advisor for University Computing Service,University of Newcastle upon Tyne. 1993 – 1998
System Administrator for Newcastle University Student Computing Society. 1993
Conservation Volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland. 1991 & 1994

Interests

I enjoy Scottish country dancing and am a member of Dunedin Scottish dance group, as well has having involvement with Aurora Scottish Music & Dance group; I frequently attend Scottish dances around Scotland. I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction and crime novels. My other interests include computing (I help support web pages for various dance organisations) and, on the rare occasions that I find time to squeeze it in, walking.

Referees

Details of 2 clinical referees available on request by e-mail.