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Dr Claire Edwin

NHS England and NHS Improvement / Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management 2021/22
National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 2021/22

Claire Edwin completed her medical degree at The University of Liverpool graduating with honours in 2016, having also completed an intercalated Master in Research with distinction.

Claire commenced an academic foundation programme post with the University of Warwick working with the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit with the Trauma & Orthopaedic research team. During this time Claire worked on a feasibility study as a trial co-ordinator investigating the feasibility of performing a randomised controlled trial to investigate the management of patella instability with physiotherapy or surgery. Claire also carried out a systematic review investigating the association between headache and low back pain which has since been presented internationally and published.

Claire’s clinical training was spent at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire, this included a 4 month post in Warwickshire County Council in the public health department. This experience gave a brilliant insight into the wider determinants of health and the management of population health. Claire’s work included a quality improvement project with the mental health team.

In 2019, Claire embarked upon 2 years of core surgical training in North West London rotating through plastic & burns surgery, general surgery, and intensive care medicine during the second surge. Claire gained her membership of Royal College of Surgeons in February 2020. Claire was redeployed to COVID-19 medical wards in the first wave in 2020. During this time claire was involved in organising local teaching for surgical F1’s and lead a quality improvement project improving the colorectal two-week endoscopy pathway. During her core surgical training Claire has worked as an anatomy demonstrator with Imperial College London.

Reason for applying for the scheme

Claire decided to take time out after the foundation programme to gain more clinical experience in acute medicine and this enabled her to spend 3 months working as a volunteer project manager and medic with Raleigh International in Costa Rica. Working in a non-governmental organisation was an incredible experience and something that Claire would relish undertaking again in the future. She continues to be involved with Raleigh. This role involved co-leading a natural resources management project in a remote National park, a 19 day trek across Costa Rica and working as the fieldbase medic co-ordinating all medical issues across the deployed volunteers as well as a fieldbase staff. A real enjoyment of mentorship, problem solving, planning and management inspired Claire to develop her medical management and leadership skills further.

Claire is thrilled to be joining NHS England & NHS Improvement and the Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow. The opportunity to work across two organisations will open up a wide variety of opportunities working with key leaders involved in managing the day to day running and emergency response in the health service in England, and working with an organisation which is changing the face of medical leadership in the United Kingdom.

Claire looks forward to developing her skills and interests further, and collaborating with senior leaders and clinical fellows alike.

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