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Meet the Clinical Network Team

Aftab_Ahmad_Diabetes_clinical_lead_Cropped.jpgAftab Ahmed - Clinical Lead, Diabetes

Professor Aftab Ahmed is Consultant in Diabetes/Endocrinology/GIM at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. He is Sub Dean for Medical Undergraduates and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Liverpool University and also the North West Diabetes Lead for Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA).

Aftab's areas of interest are Neuroendocrine tumours regional MDT, Transitional Endocrine service lead and Diabetes foot care MDT lead for the Royal Liverpool Hospital. 

He achieved Team of the Year Awards for reducing length of stay from 11 to 5 days (cited in the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report as potentially saving >£11m) and Transitional Endocrine services.

Aftab is also the joint author of two publications: 'The impact of twice-daily consultant ward rounds on the length of stay in two general medical wards' and 'A cost-benefit analysis of twice-daily consultant ward rounds and clinical input on investigation and pharmacy costs in a major teaching hospital in the UK'.

Bruce_Taylor_cropped.jpgBruce Taylor - Clinical Lead, Cardiac (Cheshire & Merseyside)

Bruce has been a GP Principal in Wirral for nearly 30 years, the senior partner at Claughton Medical Centre, Birkenhead for the last four years and an approved GP trainer for the last 20 years.

During his career he has served as Chairman of the Wirral Local Medical Committee and the local medical Audit group and has always been heavily involved in local medical management and politics. He was previously medical director of the local community trust and Vice Chairman of the local Drugs and Therapeutics committee. He has worked with the Wirral CCG and its predecessor organisations in a variety of roles including as prescribing lead.

Bruce has been the Wirral CCG cardiovascular lead for the last five years, Primary care CVD clinical lead at the SCN since 2014 and Primary Care representative to the council of British Association and Council for Prevention and Rehabilitation since 2105. He is a member of the British Cardiac society and the British Primary care cardiovascular society and regularly attends meeting of the primary care CVD forum.

He has had a long standing interest in cardiovascular disease and cardiology. His particular interests are in Primary care cardiology education and he has developed and implemented a local cardiology programme for practice nurses, as well as helping introduce a new Merseyside based postgraduate Diploma in Cardiology. He also has interests in the management of atrial fibrillation in primary care and in the detection and management of hypertension within a community setting.

Outside of work Bruce is a keen golfer, enthusiastic gardener and long distance walker.

Jonas Eichoffer - Clinical Lead, Cardiac (Lancashire & South Cumbria)

Dr_Joseph_Mills_Cardiac_cropped.jpgJoseph Mills - Clinical Lead, CVD (Cheshire & Merseyside)

Joseph has been a consultant cardiologist at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS FT since February 2007. His professional interests include PCI (he is one of 10 consultants providing acute/emergency interventions for heart attack/ACS patients), transcatheter aortic valve interventions (TAVI), developing community CVD services and cardiovascular rehabilitation. He became BACPR president in October 2015.

Bruce is an ALS instructor and ALS medical director for hisTrust and lead for GP and primary care education. In conjunction with the SCN, he has been involved in guideline and pathway developments for ACS, Primary PCI, stable angina and atrial fibrillation.

His wife, Michelle, is a consultant neonatologist at St Mary’s, Manchester and the couple live in Altrincham with their three children and cat. Time spent with his family on the beaches of Abersoch or in the mountains of France is his greatest pleasure.

Debbie Lowe - Clinical Lead, Stroke (Cheshire & Merseyside)