Posted Wednesday 30 September 2020
A cardiovascular nursing expert at Kingston University and St George's, University of London has been appointed as Non-Executive Director at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb).
Professor Tom Quinn, lead for the Emergency, Cardiovascular and Critical Care Research Group in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, begins a three-year term of office with the NHS Trust with immediate effect.
Having spent four decades in healthcare as a nurse and experiencing both hospital and pre-hospital care, Professor Quinn has focused a majority of his research on improving outcomes for patients under ambulance care.
Professor Quinn is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, European Society of Cardiology, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. His contribution to patient care was recognised in 2018 as he was elected Honorary Fellow of the College of Paramedics.
The academic has a long-standing relationship with SECAmb, having previously served as a governor. He also holds a number of volunteer roles, including being Clinical Director of HeartStart Farnham Lions and as a Trustee of the British Association for Immediate Care.
Professor Quinn said he was delighted to accept the role after having first-hand experience of care from SECAmb. "As a patient calling 999, I received expert care from call handlers and the ambulance crew who came to my aid. This interaction confirmed the highly professional and compassionate care which I already knew SECAmb delivered day-in, day out," he said. "I am looking forward to taking up this new role and working with everyone across the whole organisation for the benefit of patients."
Chairman of SECAmb, David Astley said Professor Quinn's experience will benefit the Trust. "I am pleased we have been able to appoint Tom and I look forward to working closely with him. I know SECAmb will benefit from his extensive clinical experience and his long-standing relationship with the Trust and other local partners," he said.