Future Healthcare Journal editorial board


Andrew Duncombe

Following undergraduate and postgraduate training in Oxford and London, Dr Andrew Duncombe has been an NHS consultant and honorary senior clinical lecturer in haematology specialising in blood cancers in Southampton since 1994. As lead consultant in clinical haematology at University Hospital Southampton from 1995 to 2001, he led the successful bid for Southampton to be the Wessex Regional centre for blood and bone marrow transplantation (BMT). His clinical experience spans 12 different hospitals, including in Australasia. He is a keen educator and has taught physicians, GPs, allied health professionals and patients. Andrew has been an investigator in more than 40 clinical trials and has championed their value in improving patient choices and outcomes.  He has co-authored national guidelines with National Cancer Research Institute subgroups and the UK COVID-19 Therapeutics Advisory Group. Andrew’s continuing research interests include the epidemiology of blood cancers and clinical response prediction in severe COVID. He is excited by the diverse range of new diagnostic and therapeutic options that will transform future healthcare and passionate about expanding access to health improvements for all.  Recently he has left his main clinical practice to concentrate on this academic work.


Associate editors

Anmol Arora

Anmol Arora is an academic foundation doctor at Cambridge University with an intercalated degree in management studies from the Cambridge Judge Business School. His research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in healthcare, including the application of generative models to create synthetic patient data. He holds honorary research affiliations with NHS England and Improvement and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. His previous research experience includes work with Yale University School of Medicine, Yale University School of Public Health, University College London, Cambridge University Institute of Public Health as well as leading roles in national research collaboratives.

Anmol sits on the HDR UK Impact Committee and is also a public member of several NIHR panels, including the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award Panel, as well as being a member of the Information Commissioner’s Office Technology Advisory Pool. He has presented his research at international conferences, universities and to industry.

Suzie Bailey

Suzie Bailey is the director of Leadership and Organisational Development team at The King’s Fund. She is passionate about leadership and organisational development, creating enabling cultures and improving the quality of care.

Suzie joined the NHS in 1992 after graduating from the London School of Economics and following the NHS management training programme, she held operational roles in acute, community and mental healthcare in England. Suzie is a Health Foundation Generation Q Fellow with an MSc in Leadership for Quality Improvement from Ashridge Business School.

At Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she led a core team to create the organisation-wide improvement programme and helped nurture an innovative partnership with the Dartmouth Institute in Massachusetts, to create the Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy to develop staff capability for improvement across Sheffield and beyond.

Working in a national role at the healthcare regulator NHS Improvement, she led a cross-organisational team with 13 national partner agencies to design the first national strategic framework for improvement and leadership development in England (2016). She also initiated a major programme on culture and leadership with Professor Michael West from The King’s Fund; the NHS partnership with the Virginia Mason Institute and a range of leadership, quality improvement and talent management programmes across England; including an aspiring COO programme to include quality improvement and an internship for women leaders in the NHS to gain experience in the private sector.


Ravina Barrett

Ravina Barrett holds a master of pharmacy degree from the University of Portsmouth and has 17 years’ experience within community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and academia.

Ravina is senior lecturer in pharmacy practice and course leader for the MSc in clinical pharmacy at the University of Brighton, developing teaching, scholarship and research into the safe and effective use of medicines and leading a team of 10 MSc academics.  

Ravina has extensive experience in clinical trials and ethics, leading compliant delivery of over 200 concurrent trials at Southampton; she led the UK ethical review of the remdesivir trial. She is an NHS Research Ethics Committees (REC) expert member and chair and has experience reviewing FDA and EMA regulatory documents.

Ravina holds a masters in Finance from Grenoble Ecole de Management and is currently undertaking a PhD entitled ‘Application of pharmaco-epidemiological methods to improve patient care in primary care settings’ at the University of Reading.


Linford Fernandes

Linford Fernandes is a specialty trainee in neurology in Leeds. He completed his undergraduate medical training in Sheffield in 2013 followed by core medical training across a number of trusts in Yorkshire.

Linford is currently taking time out of training to study for a research MD in multiple sclerosis at the University of Leeds. As the RCP trainee representative for Yorkshire, he has worked with the regional and national college committees to represent the views of medical trainees and is particularly interested in improving access to research for doctors at all levels of training.


Kartik Kumar

Dr Kartik Kumar is a specialty trainee in respiratory medicine and general internal medicine in North West London. He completed his preclinical medical studies at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge and his clinical medical studies at University College London. Following an academic foundation programme with a public health theme and core medical training in North Central London, he was appointed as an NIHR academic clinical fellow in respiratory medicine in North West London. During this time, he undertook an MSc in health policy at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London.

Kartik’s clinical research interests are in respiratory infections and mycobacterial disease. He was appointed to the Imperial 4i Clinician Scientist Training Scheme and is pursuing a PhD in non-tuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.

Kartik is a trainee representative on committees at the Royal College of Physicians and British Thoracic Society. He has a particular interest in evidence-based health policymaking, service delivery and performance evaluation.

Tom Lawton

Professor Tom Lawton MBE is a consultant in critical care at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he is head of clinical artificial intelligence, and honorary visiting professor in computer science at the University of York. He also works with routine data as clinical director of the Connected Bradford linked dataset and is head of clinical analytics at the Improvement Academy. He has interests in the use of routinely collected data, simulation modelling and safety in artificial intelligence, as well as in exercise physiology as a long-distance triathlete.




Shafi Malik

Dr Shafi Malik is a transplant nephrologist and the medical lead for transplantation at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire. He completed his nephrology training in the UK and did a renal transplant fellowship at University of Toronto. He has an interest in clinical epidemiology and clinical research within transplantation and has completed clinical research and a clinical epidemiology training programme from Harvard Medical School. He is a clinician teacher and is involved in organising courses and question writing for the Royal College of Physicians, and serves as an examiner for the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board and Warwick Medical School. Current research interests include health outcomes-based research, promotion of living donation in ethnic minorities, cognition in transplant recipients and live donor outcomes among others. Shafi has ongoing collaboration with other researchers and has successfully received grants from commercial and charity organisations. He is an active community member of the UK Emergency Medical Team.



Tom Oates

Dr Tom Oates is a consultant physician in nephrology and general internal medicine at the Royal London Hospital, and the specialty lead for nephrology at the North Thames Genomics Laboratory Hub. He was previously a Chain-Florey fellow of the Medical Research Council at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, and an NIHR clinical lecturer at University College London. 

He has broad interests in clinical nephrology and internal medicine, and specific interests in both prediction modelling and ensuring relevant genomic testing becomes a mainstream medical practice.



Imran Rafi

Dr Imran Rafi, who is an experienced GP principal, is a nationally elected RCGP Council member and a member of the RCGP Committee of Medical Ethics. From 2009-2018 he was chair/joint medical director of the RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre, overseeing research, education, quality improvement projects and clinical priority projects, working with passionate clinical champions based in general practice. For 6 years he was honorary secretary of the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board and is a joint chair for a judging panel for the RCGP Research Paper of the Year.   

Imran is a reader in primary care and genomics at St George’s, University of London and has a long-held interest in genomics relevant to general practice. Current representative roles include RCGP clinical champion in genomics and RCGP GENOMIC champion within the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Genomics Professional Partnerships Group.

He has a PhD in medical oncology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, an MSc in public health medicine from the University of London and an MSt in genomics from the University of Cambridge. Before entering medicine, he completed a BSc degree in computer sciences and in an alternative life might now be living in Silicon Valley!

Anenta Ramakrishnan

Photo of Anenta RamakrishnanDr Anenta Ramakrishnan is a cardiology registrar and coronary intervention fellow at St George’s Hospital in the London (South) Deanery. She is completing a PhD on arterial haemodynamics and cardiovascular risk prediction at the National Heart and Lung Institute and the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. She was granted an NIHR Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award for this work.

Anenta qualified from Imperial College London in 2011 with distinctions and undertook the Academic Foundation Programme at Imperial College London in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health. She went on to complete core medical training in the London Deanery before taking up specialist training. Anenta holds the Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Medicine and a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee. She holds additional experience in Global Health and Societal Engagement.

Stuart Rosen

Professor Stuart Rosen is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and London Northwest Hospitals, with expertise in heart failure, syncope and difficult hypertension, and professor of practice (cardiology) at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London. He received his medical undergraduate education at Pembroke College, Cambridge and at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. He trained at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals and he also spent several years in cardiovascular research, funded by the Medical Research Council and the British Heart Foundation. He is a fellow of the RCP, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the Heart Failure Association of the ESC and the International Cardio-Oncology Society. He is currently president of the British Cardio-Oncology Society and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Physicians.

Besides his teaching and research interests, Stuart had a pivotal role in setting up the UK’s first cardio-oncology unit, at the Royal Brompton Hospital, to provide bespoke care for patients at risk of cardiotoxicity or who have developed cardiac problems as a consequence of their anti-cancer treatment. The unit was awarded gold status in 2021 by the International Cardio-Oncology Society.

Sarah Spain


Sarah Spain is one of the journal's lay representatives, with responsibility for putting forward the patient and carer viewpoint.

After an early career in multinational advertising agencies, Sarah now works as a sociologist at Oxford Brookes University and has spent the last two decades as a lay voice on a number of clinical and patient committees, inclduing joining the PCN of the RCP in 2013. She has a particular interest in in health inequalities, the doctor-patient relationship and the experience of long term health conditions.

She divides her time between Gloucestershire and the Isle of Harris.


Chris Subbe

Dr Chris Subbe is a consultant physician working in acute medicine and as an improvement science fellow for the Health Foundation. He also lectures at Bangor University.

Chris trained in the UK and Germany and has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Angola. His group published the first peer reviewed paper on early warning scores and his current research focuses on practical ways to improve safety for patients at risk of catastrophic deterioration on general wards with ‘Patient Powered Safety’ (www.facebook.com/PatientPoweredSafety/).

Chris loves living on Anglesey in the North of Wales.




Editorial staff

Director of communications, policy and research        Claire Burroughs

Head of corporate communications and publishing    Natalie Wilder

Journals manager                                                                 Christina Kassiteridi


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