The current Council Members are:

Dr Vincent Connolly

Vice President
Dr Jack Hawkins

Jack is a Consultant Physician. He is dual accredited in Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine, working in the Acute Medicine Department at University Hospitals Leicester, having previously been a Consultant in Nottingham.
Jack believes in fair access to high quality care and feels we achieve this best by putting the patient at the heart of the conversation. Turned on to quality improvement byn attending the Insitute for Health Improvement Conference in Orlando, Jack now works for NHS Elect as Clinical Lead for both the Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) and Acute Fraility (AFN) Networks. He is also Clinical Director of the Emergency Care Improvement Programme (ECIP, formily ECIST).
Jack is delighted to be a member of the Council and Vice President of the BAAEC which will continue to challange current modesl of care to ensure that care is never delivered from a hospital unless that really is the only way we can give care.

Honorary Secretary
Deborah Thompson

Honorary Treasurer
Cathy Pike


Nursing Practice Representative
Andrew Mitchell

Andrew is Co-Production Manager at the Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) Network and also works clinically as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. He supports organisations in their implementation and development of AEC services and has particular interests in mobilising the nursing workforce and co-design using patient experience.
Prior to being seconded to the AEC Network Andrew developed and implemented a nurse led AEC service in a London district general hospital where he continues to drive the evolution of both the role of nurses and systems for care delivery.
Andrew has 15 years of experience in Emergency Care both within the NHS, private sector and internationally. He developed his career in a number of Accident & Emergency departments as well as other Acute and Critical Care areas eventually becoming a Senior Charge Nurse and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. During this time he also spent time working in Australia in a variety of urban and rural environments.
Andrew has been a visiting lecurer in Emergency Practice and is keen on promoting Advanced Nursing. Andrew has also provided clinical and performance management consultancy for nursing agencies.
Andrew is a member of the Royal College of Nursing and is involved in both Advanced Practice and Emergency Care specialist forums, he is also a member of the Society for Acute Medicine.

Nursing Education Representative
Susan Holmes

Susan qualified in 1979 as a State Registered General Nurse at the Middlesex Hospital in London. The early years saw her working in a variety of positions in Surgery and Medicine in the NHS and private sectors and then as an Occupational Healt Nursing Officer in industry.

In 2006 she joined East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust and in 2010 took the position of Trust Wide Matron for Ambulatory Care. It was in this position that she developed the Ambulatory Care Nursing Degree Module in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University.

Susan is now a lecturer, work-based facilitator with Canterbury Christ Church University within the Centre of Work Based Learning and Continuing Education.

AHP Representative
To be confirmed


ED Representative
Dr Nathalie Richards

Acute Medicine Representative
Dr Radha Selvaratnam

Surgery Representative
Ms Sarah Richard

Sarah is a Consultant in Emergency General Surgery at the Royal United Hospitals Foundation Trust Bath. She trained in the South West of England and Cambridge. After obtaining a doctorate in basic surgical sciences she settled upon the new emerging field of Acute Care Surgery. She completed a Vanguard Fellowship for emerging leaders at the NHS Institute and used this fellowship to embed an Emergency Laparotomy Pathway, which has contributed to significantly reduced mortality and morbidity.

Sarah was appointed at the RUH in May 2013 and has since set up a novel Emergency Surgical Ambulatory Service which has attracted national interest. The service has recently been identified as an area of outstanding practice by the Care Quality Commission. Sara is passionate about improving patient care and experience. Se is now training as a FLOW coach with the Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy and Academic Health Science Network.

Information Representative

Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes as many years' experience of applying simple but powerful statistical techniques to data in the field of quality improvement. Graduating with a first class honours degree in Applied Statistics and Computing, he has been a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society for 25 years. He worked with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement on implementation of the No Delays Achiever software - a nationally available computer system designed to load and analyse, interpret the use of waiting time data. He was also an adviser on data related matters to the Productive Operating Theatre Programme as well as the Care Homes Programme, specifically on the data collection and usage elements where his work resulted in a halving in falls at one care home. He has been working with the Ambulatory Emergency Care Network, advising sites on all aspects of measurement for improvement, since February 2013. He has visited more than 40 AEC Units along the way helping to demonstrate the impact of AEC Units on A&E Performance, outliers, ambulance handover times, conversation to admission rates, bed days and other key metrics. He also regularly runs workshops and webinars covering data collection, display and analysis as well as writing measurement fact sheets and presenting at national networking events.

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