Professor George Thomson, the Trust’s new Chief Medical Officer, started his new post on 3rd January 2012 and joins the Trust from his previous role as Associate Medical Director and Director of Medical Education at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Thomson is a member of the senior editorial team at the International Journal of Clinical Practice and an Editorial Board Member of Practical Diabetes International.
He is also currently Honorary Professor of Diabetes at Sheffield Hallam University and between 2006 and 2009 was Visiting Professor to the University of Lincoln, where he studied Clinical Leadership.
Professor Thomson has five key principles which he applies to his practice and which he considers will characterise his approach to leadership of the Medical Staff at TRFT.
These five principles are:
1 The patient is always first in terms of their experience, the quality of care they receive and their safety.
2 Treat everyone fairly and with respect.
3 Use effective leadership in order to drive the development of high performing teams across the organisation.
4 Second best is not good enough: always try to improve.
5 The above key principles need to be implemented 24 hours a day, 365 days a year because that is when patients get ill.
Professor Thomson commented: “I am excited to be starting a job which offers such a unique opportunity within the NHS.
“I am keen to work closely with colleagues to further improve health informatics systems within the Trust, such as building features into current systems to help further improve safety for patients and staff. TRFT has embraced new technology and although this is not without its challenges it will be ground breaking in its impact on improving patient care.”
Professor Thomson has dedicated a great deal of his time during his medical career working with organisations such as the military to understand the principles of good leadership and effective teamwork. These are two areas where Professor Thomson feels he can add his expertise through his new role at TRFT.
In his spare time Professor Thomson enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife of almost 20 years and his two daughters. He also enjoys his editing work, occasional rounds of golf, and skiing.