7th June 2013

First ever National Clinical Director for Neurological Conditions announced

We are delighted to announce that Dr David Bateman has been appointed by NHS England as the first National Clinical Director (NCD) for Neurological Conditions.

Dr Bateman is currently consultant neurologist in Sunderland at City hospitals, having previously held posts in North Cumbria and Bath. He has had a career long interest in improving care of neurological conditions. He chaired the working party that produced the 2011 Royal College of Physicians and Association of British Neurologists report on local adult neurology services, which was endorsed by the Neurological Alliance.

A NCD for neurology to champion the needs of people with neurological conditions at national level and coordinate service improvements has been a long term aspiration of the Alliance. As such, it was the primary policy call of our ‘Better Deal for Neurology’ campaign, which we launched in January 2012 following a seminal report on neurological services by the National Audit Office. The Public Accounts Committee went on to make a neurology NCD a key recommendation of in its own report on neurological services last spring and NHS England’s decision to act on this represents a major step forward for the entire neurological community.

Dr Bateman will provide vital leadership for neurology at a time of major reform in the health service and play a critical role in supporting the NHS to enhance the outcomes it delivers for people living with a neurological condition.

Dr Bateman is keen to work with neurological organisations and the Alliance use the present opportunities to improve neurology services to greatest effect.

Arlene Wilkie, Chief Executive of the Neurological Alliance, said:

‘I am delighted that Dr Bateman has been appointed. He will be a great champion within NHS England for all neurological conditions. I look forward to working with him and making improvements to neurological services within England for the 10 million people in England with a neurological condition.’

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