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Visiting Professorship for consultant surgeon and medical education expert

Visiting Professorship for consultant surgeon and medical education expert Mr David Beattie


CONSULTANT general and vascular surgeon David Beattie, a ​director of medical education at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is to become a Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester.

With a national overview of healthcare education, training and research at all professional and vocational levels, David will be active in the University’s Centre for Research, Development and Workforce which sits in the Institute of Education, Health and Social Care. The recently-established Centre acts as a hub for research, applied research, knowledge transfer and continuing professional development activity.

The Institute has a national and regional reputation for working in collaboration with other organisations, including local authorities and partners in the higher education sector. It hosts the University’s social policy postgraduate research facility and it has developing research links with NHS organisations, including Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Speaking of the professorship, David said: “The University of Chichester and Western Sussex Hospitals have worked closely together for a number of years. During the six years I have been personally involved I have been very impressed with the academic innovation and development shown by the University.

“It was an honour therefore to be offered the post of Visiting Professor; it was an easy decision to accept and I look forward very much to working with the team in the Centre for Research, Development and Workforce over the next few years.”

David qualified in medicine from Guy's Hospital, London, and undertook both scientific and clinical research at Imperial College where he gained his postgraduate Doctorate. He was appointed Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at the then Royal West Sussex NHS Trust in 2002, and subsequently became Director of Medical Education.

He was recently awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators, an award recognising lifetime achievement in medical education, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. David is both a practising surgeon and a senior healthcare manager with expertise in the delivery of healthcare and service transformation.

Professor Janet McCray

Dr Janet McCray (above), a Professor of Social Care and Workforce Development at the University of Chichester, said: “We are delighted to offer David a Visiting Professorship and we look forward to his contribution to the Centre for Research and Workforce Development. He brings advanced level, evidence-based knowledge of healthcare delivery and change via technology and organisational practice, including the changing role of the patient and workforce delivery requirements. His experience and expertise will be invaluable.”

David has held a strategic role as Chief of Service within the Trust and has a national and international overview of how NHS and other healthcare systems develop quality improvement and knowledge transfer. David has until recently been a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Specialty Advisor and is an active researcher, most recently completing a MA in Leadership and Management at the University of Chichester.

Throughout his career David has published and supported other professionals in their academic and professional roles. In his role as Director of Medical Education, David has responsibility for the medical education for all undergraduate and postgraduate trainees, collaborating and planning with other professional groups to develop workforce priorities for accountable (integrated) care.

More information about the Centre for Research and Workforce Development is available at