Clinical governance group

The Clinical Governance Group acts as an independent de-risking measure which supports Quarriers’ Board of Trustees in ensuring that the Scottish Epilepsy Centre maintains compliance in all standards pertaining to clinical governance.

The Group provides assurance that:

  • Planning and delivery of services take full account of the perspective of patients
  • Care delivered meets relevant standards
  • Unacceptable clinical practice is identified and addressed
  • Patient and staff confidentiality is not compromised
  • Areas for improvement and development are identified

The Group report directly to Quarriers’ Board of Trustees, whilst remaining wholly independent of them. To underline this independence no members of the Clinical Governance Group will be an employee or a Trustee of Quarriers’.

Adam Bryson OBE FFPH FRCP(Glas) MRCGP MPH – Chair

Adam spent the greater part of his NHS career in Public Health medical practice in Scotland. He spent 20 years as Medical Director, first of the West Glasgow Hospitals University NHS Trust and, subsequently, of NHS National Services Scotland. In 2001 he was seconded to the Beatson Oncology Centre where he led a recovery programme which saw the financing and planning of a the West of Scotland Beatson Cancer Centre and reinvestment in therapeutic resources.

At NHS National services Scotland, Adam made major contributions to the introduction of several novel national screening programmes, including neonatal hearing screening, bowel screening and aortic aneurysm screening. He facilitated the establishment of a number of national clinical services and a series of national managed clinical networks for uncommon and rare conditions in Scotland. As an executive Board member of NHS National Services Scotland, he introduced Clinical Governance to the organisation and laid the foundations of an effective clinical governance structure.

Following his retirement from the NHS, Adam has developed an interest in biomedical innovative research and now devotes time to healthcare consultancy. He enjoys having more time for travel, gardening, reading and the restoration of a French farmhouse.

Roderick Duncan MD PhD FRCP

Rod is a consultant neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university.

He trained in medicine in Aberdeen, spent three years working for British Antarctic Survey, and then trained in general internal medicine in Aberdeen. He trained in neurology in Glasgow and in Rennes, becoming a consultant in 1994.

Rod has special expertise in epilepsy, with extensive research records in brain blood flow during seizures and psychogenic seizures. Early in his consultant career, he began work at Quarriers epilepsy centre, and was instrumental over a period of years in steering its development into the Scottish Epilepsy Centre.

Rod led a programme for epilepsy surgery for many years, pioneering the use of stereotactic intracranial EEG recordings in the UK. He developed a large multidisciplinary service for psychogenic seizures. He was director of neurosciences for the west of Scotland for three years. Rod moved to New Zealand with his family a few years ago.

Fiona MacKinnon MSc, PGcert BOE, BN, RGN

Fiona is a registered nurse teacher with experience in teaching, clinical nursing, management and service development. She has 8 years’ experience as a lecturer  and developed and delivered a distance learning course in the care of people with epilepsy which is set at degree level.  One group of students have completed and 53 students are currently undertaking the course. The course has been very positively evaluated. Fiona also teaches on the undergraduate adult nursing programme.

Prior to coming into higher education Fiona worked for 8 years as an epilepsy specialist nurse at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. The last 18 months in this post were spent working 50% of her time as a lecturer /practitioner in epilepsy developing Master’s level distance learning modules in epilepsy with Leeds Metropolitan University. She was the first adult epilepsy specialist nurse in Lothian and established the nurse led service.

Prior to specialising in epilepsy Fiona worked for five years as a charge nurse in a neurology ward at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. Most of her early career after qualification as a registered nurse in 1984 has been in neuroscience nursing, with staff nurse posts in both neurology and neurosurgery. Fiona also spent a year in Toronto working in Neurosurgery.

Jillian Torrens BSc Health Studies, Diploma in Nursing. Registered Mental Nurse

For the past 18 years Jillian has worked at a strategic and Senior Management level within the National Health Service, Voluntary Sector and the Independent Healthcare Sector. She has a proven record of quality improvement, change management and professional leadership. Jillian also has experience of developing new services across a range of specialities over multiple sites.  In her current and previous roles she has worked collaboratively with other Health and Social Care Professionals to develop person centred services based on best practice. Jillian is a pioneer of clinical governance initiatives and has provided professional leadership and has operational management responsibility for a range of primary care and community services within Glasgow City CHP and ensures the delivery of CHP objectives and develops highly effective working with primary care contractors.

Currently as a member of a senior NHS team she has operational management responsibility for Older Peoples Mental Health Services (both inpatient & community) and Specialist Community Nursing Services; she is involved managing budgets, resources, service redesign, quality management, clinical governance and specific city wide projects.

Between Jan 03 – April 06 Jillian was service Manager at Quarriers with operational responsibilities operationally responsible for the National Tertiary Epilepsy Assessment Service, Epilepsy Fieldwork Services, Acquired Brain Injury Project, residential Learning Disability Services and adolescent health promotion services.

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