Scottish Clinical Director visits School of Medicine

Thursday 10 November 2022
Image by SaintGayleShoots: Professor Jason Leitch

The School of Medicine were delighted to host Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director on Wednesday 9 November.

Professor Leitch enjoyed an informative visit, touring the facilities and meeting both staff and students hearing about medical education at St Andrews and learning more about each department’s achievements and plans for the future.

A highlight for many attendees was the honest and informative Interview/Q&A hosted by Professor David Harrison.  Jason recounted his personal and professional trials as Clinical Director during the Covid-19 pandemic and spoke of the scale and complexity of issues the government are still facing as a consequence.

Jason expressed his gratitude to all: “It has been a fantastic and very inspiring day.  I have met with researchers, educators, leaders and students.  It was a real privilege to answer questions in the lecture theatre at lunch time.  It is clear that St. Andrews has a joined up, high achieving and excellent medical school.”

Jason qualified as a dentist in 1991 and was as a Consultant Oral Surgeon in Glasgow. He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Having worked for the Scottish Government since 2007, in January 2015, he was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate.

The National Clinical Director is responsible for quality in the health and social care system, including patient safety and person-centred care, NHS planning and implementing quality improvement methods across the government and the broader public sector.

Image by SaintGayleShoots: From left to right Professors David Crossman, Jason Leitch and David Harrison

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