John Withington National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow

Organisation: NHS England

Fellowship(s):
  • Harkness Fellowship
  • 10
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About me

John is a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Just prior to completion of his postgraduate training in urological surgery within the London Deanery, John was seconded as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, where he covered a diverse portfolio of work, including quality improvement and cultural development at the interface between primary and specialty care services, preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union, and the rapid evidence evaluation of new cancer diagnostic technologies.

Withington previously led a team of researchers working in England (King’s College London), Germany (Göttingen), and the US (Harvard University), comparing testicular cancer survival across the three health care systems, developing a strong skill set in international comparative outcomes research.

His doctoral thesis, completed between King’s College London and the Royal College of Surgeons’ Clinical Effectiveness Unit, investigated methods for measuring outcomes from percutaneous renal surgery in the English NHS. Findings from this research influenced, in real-time, the development of a national audit tool, which in turn has influenced continuous outcome measurement internationally. Withington earned his M.B.B.S. from King's College London, M.A. in medical sciences from the University of Cambridge, and M.D. (Research) from King's College London.

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