Dr Rafik Bedair has been appointed as the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust’s Chief Medical Officer.
A Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Dr Bedair will join the NCA in February 2023 from his current role as Divisional Chair for Children’s, Women’s, Diagnostics, Therapies, Critical Care, Outpatients and Pharmacy at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London.
Dr Bedair said: “After many years in London, I am returning to Manchester - my first home in the UK and therefore somewhere very close to my heart. The NCA is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the country and I don’t think I have come across an organisation as committed to its relationship with its localities as the NCA is. Everyone I have talked to has shown ambition and pride, without shying away from the challenges ahead.
“I am excited about really getting to know the people who make the NCA what it is and building relationships that will allow me to work with everyone to make the organisation the best it can be for our population and our colleagues.”
Dr Bedair started his medical training in Egypt before coming to the UK to work as a Clinical Fellow at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including time in the Children’s Hospital. He then moved to London and has worked at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and since 2013 at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust. As Senior Responsible Officer for Critical Care, he set up the Southwest London Adult Critical Care Network and led the sector response to COVID-19 as part of the wider London system.
Outside of the UK, Rafik has supported leading healthcare providers in Egypt over several years to help them set their strategy and develop clinical governance frameworks.
NCA Chief Executive Officer Dr Owen Williams said: “Rafik brings a range of leadership experience across different healthcare settings and is passionate about improving care. This will help to ensure we are tackling health inequalities and supporting local communities in the best way possible. I am thrilled he’s joining our team.”
Dr Bedair will be replacing the current Chief Medical Officer, Dr Chris Brookes, who announced in May he was retiring.
The appointment of Dr Bedair will be the fourth new addition to the NCA’s Board of Directors in a six-month period, alongside new Chairman Professor Eileen Fairhurst who joined the NCA on November 1, 2022.