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John Dean: Committed to quality improvement

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 28 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j3049


John Dean, 57, is clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety at the Royal College of Physicians. In leadership roles in northwest England and elsewhere, his focus has been on improving care for long term conditions, integrated care, and whole system quality improvement. He was a consultant in diabetes and general medicine at Bolton, a placement that included five years as medical director of NHS Bolton, until joining the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2011, where he is a deputy medical director. A Health Foundation/IHI fellow, he has long been an advocate for more patient and family involvement in care.

What was your earliest ambition?

To own a red Triumph convertible. I achieved this when I graduated. I’ve had a yellow and a blue one since, and I hope to have a green one when I retire.

What was your best career move?

Becoming a consultant physician at …

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