Consultant, Acute Medicine
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Sara Furness is an acute physician at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Her background is in Nephrology & General (internal) Medicine (since acute medicine was not recognised as a specialty when she commenced her training). She commenced her current post in June 2009 and has become involved in a number of projects looking at delivering reliable, reproducible care and assuring a culture of safety within our department and the wider trust. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), the Society of Acute Medicine, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Renal Association.
She will spend her time as a NICE Fellow focusing on issues relevant to acute medicine, including promoting aspects of NICE guidance within the acute medicine network. Having worked on reliability and quality improvements projects locally focusing on the acutely unwell adult, she is particularly interested in trying to bridge the gap between identifying sick patients and responding to their deterioration in a safe and timely fashion. She will help build a wider network within acute medicine, and learn from other acute medical units in the North West and beyond. Junior medical staff are vital in delivering improvements in response to physiological deterioration. She intends to focus on involving medical students and junior doctors to embed the use of evidence based practice and the use of NICE guidance at an early stage. Ultimately, she would like to see a shared language across acute trusts and the NHS in general which ensures a similar response to an acutely unwell patient, regardless of the institution.
This page was last updated: 25 March 2010