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The EMQUIRE Team

The faces behind the projects.

The Professionals

Meet the Innovators, Researchers, QI team and Educationalists who make EMQUIRE unique.

Dr Alan Whitelaw

Graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1998, winner of the Alison Gourdie Memorial Medal in 2009, Alan has been a consultant in Emergency Medicine since 2009 and has worked in the ED of QEUH since its opening in 2015.  As Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine, Alan has a passion for driving excellence in patient care through Quality Improvement, Innovation, Research and Education.  Alan has a particular interest in Innovation in the Emergency Department with a focus around medical neo-tech.  Currently the centre of his attention is the development of the Scottish Trauma Network backed trauma app, and a project linking patient experience feedback with improvements in the ED.  A modern iconoclast with a drive to improve patient experiences and outcomes.

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Research
Quality Improvement
Innovation
Education

Dr David Lowe

David is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Co Director of EmQuire the QEUH ED Research Group. He leads a portfolio of projects centred on unscheduled care and specifically data, devices and decisions within this space. Collaborations include Glasgow, Strathclyde University, Glasgow School of Art, private and third sector, seeking to create innovative solutions that can create impactful and sustainable change. His research focuses on decision-making within acute care and the interface between data, the clinician and the patient. As the clinical lead for a SBRI data visualisation challenge, he is developing novel app based solutions with a number of commercial companies to support and enhance clinical decision-making.

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Dr Kevin Thomson

Kevin Thomson works as an Emergency Medicine Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. He graduated with a BSc (Physiology and Sports Science) in 1992 and an MBChB from the University of Glasgow in 1997. After obtaining his MRCS he went onto achieve his FCEM in 2008. He trained in the West of Scotland and for a year in the busiest trauma centre in Australasia – The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne – where his interest in pre hospital medicine started. He is now an active member of the Emergency Medicine Retrieval Service providing critical care and safe transfer of patients from remote Scottish locations and accident scenes.

Out with clinical care Kevin has a desire to advance emergency care and improve patient safety through development of new systems and innovation.

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Quality Improvement
Innovation
Education

Dr Claire McGroarty

Claire graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2003 and has been a consultant in Emergency Medicine for 6 years. Since the opening of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in 2015 Claire has taken an active role in expanding the portfolio of research projects at QEUH and in 2017 became Lead for Research. She is principle investigator for NOVEL and Rapid-CTCA.

As Clinical Lead, Claire is delighted to work alongside a team of clinicians who are focused on delivering and developing excellence in patient care through innovation, research and education.

Out with medicine Claire is the medical advisor for Outlander, an award winning television drama produced by Starz.

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Research
Quality Improvement
Innovation
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Dr Jude Stenhouse

Locum Consultant in Emergency Medicine.

Master of Rotas. Leading on trauma video work and Care Opinion.

https://www.careopinion.org.uk/opinions?nacs=SJ9-south-glasgow-hospital&treatmentfunction=180

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Quality Improvement
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Dr Shabbir Ahmad

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Dr Katy McCarthy

Emergency Medicine consultant with interest in Simulation.

With high-fidelity simulation both in the Emergency department and Teaching and Learning Centre, she organises simulation education sessions for all members of the team, including multi-specialty Major Trauma Calls.’

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Research
Quality Improvement
Innovation
Education

Dr Nicola Littlewood

Nicola graduated from Glasgow University in 1999. After spending a couple of years in the antipodes in the Gold Coast and Christchurch EDs she completed her EM training in the WOS in 2009.
A Consultant in EM and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Nicola has worked for EMRS since 2005, first as a registrar and then as a Consultant. She is currently training programme director for PHEM training in Scotland – a unique scheme she gained GMC approval for and runs with London HEMS.
In 2015, Nicola became the audit lead for the new QEUH and subsequently QI. She has been involved on a number of projects presented nationally such as the code red pre-hospital blood project and always events. Nicola is on the RCEM quality and audit committee and in 2017 was the lead author on the RCEM national asthma audit. Currently working on a patient flow project, Nicola is passionate about the use of audit and QI to improve patient care and safety.

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Research
Quality Improvement
Innovation
Education

Dr Jonny Gordon

Jonny has been an Emergency Medicine consultant in Glasgow since 2005 initially at the Victoria Infirmary and more recently at the QEUH since its opening in 2015.

Within the QEUH ED Jonny leads on Ultrasound – teaching the Level 1 / Core curriculum course as well as being the Regional Coordinator for EM US for the West of Scotland. He is a Consultant Appraiser and HST Educational supervisor, working as part of the Postgraduate Training Committee in Emergency Medicine for over 10 years.

His other interests include sports medicine and he was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games. He has worked as the Scotland Mens A football team doctor since 2010 and is the author and course director of the UEFA Football Doctor Education programme. He has published 2 books on sports medicine – the Oxford textbook “Emergencies in Sports Medicine” and the most recently published “Encyclopaedia of Football Medicine”.

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Research
Quality Improvement
Innovation
Education

Mark Wilson

I have worked in Emergency Medicine for 10 years and counting.  I currently work as a Staff Nurse/Emergency Nurse Practitioner in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.  Clinical research is a field I have had a growing interest in over the last number of years and to be given the opportunity to do it within the ED environment is the dream ticket.  This fresh challenge is something that excites me and I hope to provide a link between the ED and the clinical research team.

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Research
Quality Improvement
Innovation
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Nicola Baxter

Nicola completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Strathclyde, in 2010, which triggered her passion for clinical research within Emergency Medicine. Her experience further inspired her to undertake a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Glasgow which she completed in 2015.

Nicola has been working within the Emergency Department at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital since 2016. She has recently been appointed as the first Senior Research Nurse within the QEUH EMQUIRE team. This has given her the opportunity to become the Emergency Department liason to the Clinical Research Facility on trials such as: RAPID- CTCA, SABER and Pro-TEDS.

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Research
Quality Improvement
Innovation
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Dr James Kinane

EmQuire clinical fellow. Delivering the patient companion app with Tactuum. Improving soft tissue rehabilitation following ED attendance.

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Research
Quality Improvement
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