A consultant at Bedford Hospital is joining a national team providing advice on cancer care.
Associate medical director, Rory Harvey, who is also a gastroenterologist and clinical cancer lead for the Trust, has been appointed by NHS England as clinical co-chair of the National Programme of Care for Cancer.
Dr Harvey beat stiff competition from other consultants and professors around the country and will work on a part-time basis on the programme alongside co-chairs of five other programmes.
Whilst continuing his role at Bedford, Dr Harvey will be responsible for providing clinical advice to the national Programme of Care director, as well as regionally-based programme of care leads.
He will be involved in supporting the direct commissioning of specialised services - helping to develop, prioritise and deliver a comprehensive programme aimed at driving innovation, quality improvement and greater efficiency in commissioned services.
In addition to his role at Bedford Hospital, Dr Harvey is also the cancer clinical director for the East of England Strategic Clinical Network and clinical lead for the Bedfordshire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
Dr Harvey said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role and look forward to being able to inform national and regional policy on cancer care for the benefit of patients, with a view to improving quality, outcomes and patient experience.”
Stephen Conroy, Bedford Hospital chief executive, said: I would like to congratulate Dr Harvey on this prestigious appointment.
“Dr Harvey has provided expert clinical leadership at Bedford Hospital for cancer services, as well as taking a leading role in our work to develop clinical networks with other hospitals, such as Addenbrooke’s, and develop shared services for specialist care.
“This appointment will provide him with the opportunity to take forward his clinical expertise to a national level and I am pleased that one of our consultants has been chosen to carry out such an important role.”