I am a surgeon and a member of the head and neck and maxillofacial surgery teams in Glasgow – my home now for nearly two decades.
QOMS is the brainchild of Ian Martin who used his president’s discretionary fund to get it off the ground in 2018. It was an inspirational lightbulb moment for me and I became involved immediately. Ian, ever shrewd, immediately co-opted Marisa ( – a stroke of genius) who was largely responsible for the recruitment and mentoring of the indefatigable Fabien and cleverly guiding the rest of us on this journey. Involvement in this project has been the most gratifying aspect of what has been a compellingly interesting, rewarding and enjoyable career, not just because the project is so worthwhile and important- but also because of the many truly outstanding individuals I have met as a result of it. I don’t wish to name them- they know who they are!
As a surgeon I have always thought that empiricism and the truth’s (albeit ephemeral at times) it reveals must lie at the core of the what, why, when, and how of surgical endeavour. Extending empirical methodology to surgical quality management systems is the logical 21st century extension that is fast becoming the norm for all surgical specialities. BAOMS leadership in this journey is something we can all be justifiably proud of- it is up to us the exploit the opportunity it presents -to use comparative data to help us realise our individual surgical potential and help each other deliver the best possible surgical care for patients.
Please email me, phone me, speak to me at meetings if you have any doubts, queries, suggestions, enthusiasm for QOMS- you will find me a very willing audience!