Dr. Gavin Lavery
Associate Consultant

With 30 years’ experience as a senior clinical leader in Northern Ireland’s Health & Social Care economy operating at political, strategic, programme, project, senior management and director levels, Gavin is uniquely qualified to provide eHealth advice and guidance to a wide variety of public and private eHealth organisations.


Clinical Experience.

Dr Lavery graduated as MB, BCh, BAO (honours) from The Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) in 1979. He trained as an anaesthetist, specialising in Intensive Care Medicine and Trauma Care. He completed his Fellowship (FFARCSI) in 1983 and an MD (by Thesis) in 1986. In 1986 he became Senior Fellow/Chief Resident in Critical Care at the University of Western Ontario. In 1987 he was appointed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast as the first Consultant specifically trained in Intensive Care Medicine. In 2000 he designed and implemented a critical care transfer service for the region (NICCaTS), He led this service for 12 years which, to date, has transferred over 6000 patients. He became President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland and was on the council of the Intensive Care Society UK. In 2011 he became Clinical Director, HSC Safety Forum, the regional lead for patient safety and quality improvement. Gavin sits on the Patient Safety Committee, Royal College of Physicians, London and is a member of the College of Assessors at the Health Foundation. From 2014-2016 he sat on the Quality Standards Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE). He developed a significant profile in education including Regional Advisor for Intensive Care Medicine, examiner for three colleges and in research he has had more than 60 peer reviewed papers, 12 chapters and 3 theses supervised. He moved to part-time clinical work in 2017 to allow time for his other interests, including health systems’ improvement and eHealth.


Management Experience.

Gavin has held many significant management roles including Director of Critical Care, Belfast Trust 2003-2008, Northern Ireland (N.I.) Regional Advisor for Intensive Care Medicine 1999-2003, Lead Clinician for the N.I. Critical Care Network 2009-2011 and Clinical Director of the N.I. Health & Social Care Safety Forum 2011-2017. He has led and contributed to multiple medical innovations including the establishment of the multidisciplinary N.I. Critical Care Training Service (NICCaTS) and the establishment of the N.I. Critical Care Clinical Network. In his Safety Forum role he led regional teams focusing on service redesign and quality improvement across 6 programmes of care and has led service harmonisation programmes involving 6 HSC Trusts. He is a graduate of the Advanced Training Programme at Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research and has Chief Quality Officer accreditation.


Strategic Oversight Experience.

Gavin’s regional roles have provided him with experience of working across multiple organisations, clinical specialties and professions. System improvement is at the heart of much of his work. He has significant experience of applying person-centeredness to health and social care and using the patient/client journey to guide the redesign of service delivery. He was the external expert advisor to the National Review of Adult Critical Care Services in the Republic of Ireland 2008-2010.


Understanding How to Establish and Run eHealth Programmes.

Gavin was a Clinical Advisor for the establishment of the N.I. Integrated Clinical Information System in Intensive Care 2000-04. In 2013 he spent a year at Intermountain Healthcare USA where he worked under Dr Brent James who has been pioneering the use of clinical information systems since the 1990s. Gavin has successfully led programmes of clinician engagement with eHealth initiatives and has established protocols to reduce clinical variations, improve the reliability of clinical decisions and increase the quality of patient outcomes. He has worked closely with N.I. eHealth Strategic Programme Board as part of his Safety Forum role and was an invited member to the programme board for the next generation N.I. Electronic Health & Care Record, Encompass.


Understanding of How a Health Economy is Governed and Funded.

Gavin has worked with stakeholders at many levels including the Department of Health and Ministers of Health in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. He has had significant engagement with the N.I. Health & Social Care Board and Public Health Agency, with Trust Chief Executives, their Boards, Directors and senior leaders. He works with independent healthcare providers, the HSC Leadership Centre, the N.I. Medical and Dental Training Agency, the GMC, the BMA, the Royal College of Nursing and the N.I. Social Care Council. In his Intensive Care role he was a member of several working groups for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

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