Consultant Roles and Interests

Lead Clinician for Service Development

Royal Derby Hospital

Ambulatory Care: Appointed service development lead just seven months after taking up his consultant post, Dr Staples led the £60,000 redevelopment of Derby’s Ambulatory Care Centre. Patient throughput was increased by 70% and now, up to half of the medical patients coming to Derby are treated as ambulatory day case patients rather than being admitted. By working closely with colleagues in A&E, suitable patients are now selected at the very start of their journey as ‘Ambulant’ and streamed to the new centre cutting waiting times and increasing A&E performance. A carefully planned programme of environmental improvement, expectation management and improved clinical pathways have cut complaints from nearly two a week to none in eight months.

GP Telephone Triage: Dr Staples introduced Consultant Led Phone Triage of community referrals resulting in a 37% reduction in overnight admissions in this patient group. He was nominated for, and subsequently won the 2012 ‘Right First Time’ (or ‘Right Every Time’ as his wife calls it…) hospital award for service development. As well as gaining local recognition, Dr Staples has been invited to speak at events hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and the NHS Confederation on the scalability and reproducibility of the changes he introduced at Derby.

Training Programme Director for Acute Medicine (2012-2015)

Dr Staples is responsible for coordinating the training of the next generation of Acute Physicians in the East Midlands Deanery – one of the largest rotations outside the Capital.

Clinical Director for Acute and Emergency Medicine - Peterborough Hospital

Dr Staples is responsible and accountable for the operational performance and strategic development of the Clinical Directorate containing the Acute Medical Specialties and the Department of Emergency (A&E) Medicine. This includes being accountable for high quality patient care (across the three domains of safety, effectiveness and patient experience), quality governance, the delivery of agreed performance and financial objectives, and ensuring the Directorate operates with the needs of patients as its highest priority.

He is accountable for ensuring that the Directorate operates fully within the policies, objectives, quality standards and resource constraints of the Trust as agreed with the Chief Operating Officer (advised by the Medical Director) on behalf of the Trust Board of Directors.

He contributes to the Trust Management Board and contributes to and shares responsibility for corporate strategy and the management and performance of the Trust.

He manages 1100 staff and a budget of 70 million pounds.

He also works as a Consultant Physician in Acute Internal Medicine and works clinical sessions within the Medical Assessment Unit, Emergency Department, Short Stay Unit and Ambulatory Care Unit.