Dr. Clive Russell
Associate Consultant

Clive is a Consultant Physician who has 30 years’ experience working in Acute Medicine and Non-invasive Cardiology. He has been involved in the delivery of eHealth solutions since the 1990s at both Trust and Regional level. Has been the Clinical Content Lead of the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR) since its inception and believes passionately in the need for technology to improve the safety and quality of care for patients and clients.


Clinical Experience

Clive graduated in 1973 from Trinity College Dublin and gained most of his postgraduate training in the Belfast Hospitals. He achieved Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP) in 1975 and is a Fellow of the Edinburgh and Irish College of Physicians.  He was a Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology in Queens University Belfast (QUB) prior to becoming Consultant Physician in the Tyrone County Hospital where he served for almost 30 years. He developed and led the coronary care service and with his nursing colleagues, a mobile cardiac team serving his community. He has a particular interest in non-invasive cardiology and he developed one of the first cardiac CT services in the Northern Ireland (N.I.) He was an Honorary Senior Lecturer at QUB from 1998 until he retired from clinical practice in 2009. Since that time, he has been the Clinical Content Lead for the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR) and works on a part-time basis for the Northern Ireland Medical Appeals Service.


Management Experience

Clive has a broad range of management experience which includes periods as a Trust Clinical Director, Trust Medical Director and as the senior leader in the development of Trust service improvement programmes. He has a particular interest in the development of nurse led services utilising the skills of specialist nursing and technical staff in providing inpatient and outpatient services. He led the hospital Drugs and Therapeutics and Resuscitation committees for 10 years and served on the N. Ireland Regional CREST group from its inception. He introduced and led the Management Training programme for consultants on behalf of the N.I. Postgraduate Council for 10 years in conjunction with the University of Ulster. Prior to retirement he was the Clinical Lead for the Western Trust on the N.I. eHealth Strategic Programme Board.


Strategic Oversight Experience

Clive, alongside his then Chief Executive, developed the concept and the business case for the Local Enhanced Hospital model for the N.I. Western Trust group of hospitals. This, the first of its kind in N.I., opened its doors to the public in June 2017 and houses hospital, community, out of hours, mental health and general practitioners within one building. With the rationalisation of acute services within the Western Trust he was instrumental in developing the Nurse Practitioner model to replace medical staff in chest pain assessment, cardiac and pulmonary investigation and rehabilitation, and the concept of using the infection control nurse, the resuscitation officer and the clinical pharmacist as hospital risk managers. Clive has provided leadership in the design and implementation of eHealth solutions since the early 1990s and was heavily involved in the creation of the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR) which was launched publicly in 2013. He is the Clinical Content Lead for the NIECR and has played a significant role in developing NIECR functionality. Current initiatives include the integration of hospital and community systems, immediate discharge letter generation, medicines reconciliation, the integration of the regional oncology system, the diabetic retinopathy screening service, e-triage and advice response, the cross border radiotherapy service and the development of new functionality to enhance patient safety and quality.


Understanding How to Establish and Run eHealth Programmes.

Clive has extensive experience in this field, in particular over the past 9 years through the NIECR project. He was responsible for the initiation, design and testing of many of the integrations and, with his Clinical Content Group, is responsible for quality assuring and signing off projects into the live environment. His continued contact with consultant colleagues throughout the N.I. ensures he remains fully in touch with the requirements and demands of his clinical colleagues working in busy and continuously evolving clinical environments.


Understanding How a Health Economy is Governed and Funded

Throughout his career of 40 years he has worked with people at all levels in the N.I. Health Service including Department, Health Board and Trust organisations. He has been involved in delivering solutions to both local and regional bodies and has for the past 8 years delivered an award winning product which has not only enhanced the reputation of the N.I. Health Service but has also improved many aspects of patient and client quality of care.