Ruth is an honorary professor at Staffordshire University and also Keele University. Until recently she was Clinical Chair of Stoke-on-Trent CCG and has recently retired from a 40 year stint as a practising family doctor.
Ten years ago, Ruth led on establishing a Quality Improvement Framework across Stoke-on-Trent which has raised standards in general practices on a wide range of measures, from staff development to patient empowerment, improved clinical practice and patients’ health outcomes. A feature of this wide-scale quality improvement programme has been the emphasis on popular and practical educational events, master classes, and initiatives to enable patient care to be safely delivered in primary care settings. Where practices were found to be weak, her team offered support, enabling them to build on their strengths, and incorporate changes within a culture of learning. Having established this pattern, she was able to support other areas to make similar changes as a consultant in various areas of the UK, and her practical clinical background enabled other clinicians to accept local initiatives more readily. Ruth has built on this experience to design and clinically lead the digital upskilling of general practice nurses-across Staffordshire and via further action learning set cohorts of ten nurses to create 120 digital nurse champions in twelve other areas of England.
Over a long career Ruth has written 71 books (yes 71!!) –mainly for general practice teams, a few for the public. Ruth has presented at local events/ national & international conferences on many subjects, reflecting her evolving interests and achievements – eg doctors’ stress, NHS Health Check, patient empowerment, technology enabled care; as well as carrying out research (Ruth got an MD in 1996), and contributing to national guidance.