Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Scottish Government
David was appointed as National Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer (Scotland) in February 2016, advising on secondary care services including establishing the Scottish Trauma Network in 2017, as well as engaging with the clinical workforce and civil service on the National Clinical Strategy, Realistic Medicine, workforce issues and leadership. David is the chair of the Project Lift team, established as a collaborative in September 2017, which is pioneering a novel approach to talent management and leadership development within NHS Scotland. He is a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and is a trustee of the Medic 1 Trust and Save a Life for Scotland charities.
He continues to work a full on-call rota at the Emergency Department in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he has previously been the Training Programme Director and Clinical Director. Prior to taking up his current role in the Scottish Government, he was Associate Medical Director at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
This portfolio affords him some time away from being out-negotiated by his 3 children.