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Jason Leitch: Three chords and the tooth

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k832 (Published 28 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k832
Duncan Smith


Jason Leitch is a dentist and oral surgeon whose career took a fresh turn after he spent a year at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, USA. Achieving better quality was the mantra, and Leitch has been national clinical director for the NHS in Scotland since 2015. “I didn’t do fillings for long: a year was plenty,” he says of his career as a dentist, but he has flourished as the advocate of IHI’s quality improvement agenda—“pushing and pushing and pushing to be the best in the world at reducing and preventing adverse events,” he says. Last year he risked the wrath of …

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