Dr Brendan McGrath has been appointed as National Tracheostomy Lead Clinician by NHS England in recognition of his work improving patient safety. He currently leads a successful Health Foundation funded project which aims to reduce the frequency, nature and severity of harm associated with tracheostomies. Dr McGrath, a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at University Hospital of South Manchester, will take up this new position as a National Clinical Advisor.
There are an estimated 15,000 tracheostomies performed each year in England and Wales. A recent report, by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), documented wide variations in the quality and safety of tracheostomy care in the NHS.