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Meet the Clinical Team

Professor Mahmood Adil, Medical Director - Information Services Division and Health Protection Scotland

Professor Adil has 25 years of clinical, public health and management experience and has delivered on senior leadership positions in the NHS and USA. Prior to joining NSS, he held the post of National Quality and Efficiency Advisor at the Department of Health, England. He has served as Medical Director of the Care Quality Commission Establishment Team, Head of Health Protection in North West England and also done teaching and research at the Yale School of Public Health (USA).

He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Directors and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (USA). He has postgraduate qualifications in medicine, paediatrics, public health, economics, management and health informatics.

Dr Mahmood Adil

ISD Consultant Team

Dr David H Brewster, Clinical lead for Cancer

Dr Brewster graduated in medicine from the University of Bristol before moving to Scotland and entering clinical practice as a GP. In 1995 he was appointed Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Director of the Scottish Cancer Registry. He is co-chair of the executive committee of the UK and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries and a member of the scientific advisory group of the UK National Cancer Intelligence Network and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr David H Brewster

Dr Colin Fischbacher, Clinical lead for health improvement, clinical coding, CHD and stroke

Dr Fischbacher qualified in medicine from Edinburgh in 1979 and has worked in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and East Africa. It was in Africa that he developed his interests in public health. He joined ISD in 2004. He is also the medical adviser for mortality coding for National Records of Scotland and the Office of National Statistics in England and Wales. He is active in research and teaching and holds honorary academic appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh and London.

Significant work includes

  • Reviewing the content of ISD publications
  • Evaluation of the Scottish Keep Well programme
  • Research on the health of prisoners.
Dr Colin Fischbacher

Dr Lesley Graham, Clinical Lead for Alcohol, Drugs and Health in Justice Settings

Dr Graham worked as a GP in Scotland and New Zealand before joining ISD in 2000. She led the Substance Misuse Programme from 2002-06 before secondments to the Scottish Prison Service and the Scottish Government's Alcohol Policy Team. She is a member of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), an intercollegiate group of the Scottish Royal Colleges for alcohol advocacy that has been instrumental in the development of Minimum Unit Pricing. She is active in the substance misuse and offender health field including epidemiology; policy development and evaluation; research and teaching.

Significant work includes:

  • Member of the National Coordinating Network for Healthcare and Forensic Medical Services for People in Police Care
  • Project lead on alcohol related harms for MESAS (Monitoring and Evaluation of Scotland's Alcohol Strategy)
  • Member of the National Prisoner Healthcare Network
Dr Lesley Graham

Dr Kirsty Licence, Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Information Governance

Dr Licence joined ISD in September 2014 after 10 years in public health at NHS Tayside. Whilst there, she held first the specialist remit for drugs and alcohol before becoming Health Protection team leader, and lead for TB, blood borne viruses, and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Her present remit covers the Mental Health Inpatient and Day Case dataset and the Scottish Suicide Information Database. She also provides clinical input to mental health benchmarking, and other information sources relating to mental health.

Significant work includes:

  • Clinical IG input to the Corporate Data Warehouse IG project
  • Clinical input to ScotSID
  • Clinical input to the Secondary Care Data Transformation project

Dr Janet Murray, Clinical lead for Information Governance

Dr Murray has been a Consultant in Public Health Medicine (CPHM) in ISD since 2009, having trained in London, the Midlands and Lothian before working for four years as Locum CPHM in NHS Lothian focussing on Primary Care and Health Improvement. Previous clinical experience includes four years as a GP in London and Edinburgh.

  • Information governance to enhance the uses of health information in research in the public interest by the Farr Institute.
  • Advising on new social care data collection to support planning of high quality health and social care services.
  • Public engagement on the use of health data by NHS National Services Scotland.
Dr Janet Murray

Dr Alex Stirling, Clinical lead for Quality Improvement

Dr Stirling graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1997 and has worked in the NHS in Scotland since 1999. She completed her Specialty training in Public Health Medicine in August 2013, before joining ISD in September 2014. She completed a post-graduate degree of PHM at Glasgow University in 2009 and a Masters in Quality and Safety in Healthcare at Imperial College, London in 2015.

Significant work includes:

  • Sharing Health Intelligence for Health and Care.
  • Scottish Morbidity and Mortality Group previously known as SASM (Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality).

Dr Hester Ward, Clinical lead for Primary Care, Health & Social Care, Unscheduled Care, Prion Diseases and Research (Infrastructure and Governance)

Dr Ward began her medical career in hospital medicine in London before training in Public Health Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She worked as a consultant HIV and AIDS Co-ordinator with NHS Lothian before moving to the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Research and Surveillance Unit at Edinburgh University and led the UK case control study investigating risk factors for variant CJD. In 2009 she joined ISD and was Medical Director until 2014. She is an Honorary Reader at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Hester Ward

Dr Rachael Wood, Clinical lead for Maternal and Child Health

Dr Rachael Wood is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Previously she held a Chief Scientist Office research fellowship at the University of Edinburgh where she undertook a PhD on Scotland's national programme of preventive child health care.

Significant work includes:

  • Developing enhanced information for Scotland's Health Boards on the provision of maternity and child health services.
  • Chairing groups producing guidance on new universal child health reviews, and on responding to Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infancy.
  • Collaborating with academic colleagues to develop innovative linkages between routine health and education.

ISD Pharmacy Team

Marion Bennie, Chief Pharmacist

Marion provides pharmaceutical advice focused on the safe and effective use of medicines. Marion holds a senior appointment as Professor of Pharmacy, University of Strathclyde. Marion's expertise is in developing and implementing medicines policy; conducting pharmacoepidmiological studies on the safety and effectiveness of medicines; designing and testing novel health care interventions / health informatics tools and quality improvement models to support pharmaceutical care.

Stuart McTaggart, Principal Pharmacist

Stuart provides pharmaceutical advice focussed on the safe and effective use of medicines. Stuart's areas of expertise include pharmaceutical terminology and informatics and in the collection, analysis and interpretation of routine health information to support better understanding of the health economy and to improve patient outcomes.

William Malcolm, Pharmaceutical Adviser

William's work is in the provision of pharmaceutical advice with a focus on informatics in infection, use of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance/healthcare associated infection to support the national framework for antimicrobial stewardship and also on planning and implementation of national vaccination programmes.

Don Page, Technical Services Pharmacist

Don provides pharmaceutical advice to the eVADIS team for prescription pricing and to the prescribing team where professional input is required. Don also has regular contact with other NHS Boards, the Government and Community Pharmacy Scotland on prescription pricing matters.

Barry Melia, Senior Pharmacist

Barry advises on the safe and effective use of medicines, with particular emphasis on primary care and single system structures. Barry's expertise includes: Prescriber understanding and behaviour modification; prescribing analysis and intelligence; use of information technology to support cost-effective, safe and consistent prescribing behaviour and pharmaceutical needs assessment.

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