Consultants placed in the driving seat at BMI The Park Hospital

BMI The Park Hospital, in Nottingham, is ensuring that surgical quality is at the heart of each and every decision with the appointment of two consultant surgeons as the chair and vice chair of its medical advisory committee (MAC).

Hip and knee specialist Mr Peter James has been appointed as chair, and urologist Mr Ben Sherwood as deputy-chair, of the committee which oversees all consultant activity and quality at the private hospital.

The Park’s executive director, Amanda Dorkes, said: “As a hospital, we are committed to providing excellent healthcare for our patients. Peter and Ben’s leadership of this important committee will ensure that consultant voices are not only heard but listened to at the highest levels.”

The MAC has been established at The Park for a number of years, and the input and partnership of all consultants contributed greatly to the ‘Good’ rating the hospital was awarded by the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission. In assessing the hospital, the CQC concluded that the hospital was ‘Good’ across all assessed criteria in regard to safety, effectiveness, care, responsiveness and how well the hospital was led.

Chair Mr James said: “We have a good foundation upon which to further develop the hospital to provide an outstanding service for the people of Nottingham and beyond. I am looking forward to chairing the MAC and continuing to ensure a good clinical oversight on the day-to-day and longer-term operation of the hospital.”

Mr James brings considerable experience to this role having previously been Chair of elective orthopaedic services at Nottingham University Hospital where he introduced a number of significant service changes, most notably when he established the first complex and revision arthroplasty clinical network to be introduced in the UK.  He now advises nationally with other surgeons on the roll out of this concept across the NHS as a whole.

The role of deputy chair of the MAC is a new one, in recognition of the importance the hospital places on consultant engagement and insight.

Deputy chair Mr Sherwood said: “I am pleased to support Peter in this role.  As a consultant surgeon, with an interest in clinical research, I am committed to ongoing professional development and learning in all areas of healthcare.  I am pleased to offer that insight to the wider team at The Park.”

Mr Sherwood is a specialist Urological Surgeon and an expert in minimally invasive cancer surgery including robotic prostatectomy.  He has been the recipient of a scholarship from the British Urological Foundation and spent time honing his skills whilst working in Australia and New Zealand, before establishing himself as a Consultant Urologist in Nottingham in 2012.  He is involved in medical and surgical education and continues to undertake a variety of clinical research projects.

Date: 15th October 2019