John Wallwork aims to get people Healthier Together

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John Wallwork, a retired consultant surgeon, has been given a key role in a local health services review.

The programme is a review of acute health services across the South East Midlands. It is working with local commissioners, to look at how some key services could be improved on terms of quality, safety and affordability.

The aim of the programme is to create a better patient outcome and improve the quality of care and co-ordination of services.

Professor Wallwork has worked at Papworth Hospital for over 30 years. In 1984, he performed Europe’s first successful heart-lung transplant, and in 1989 he became director of the transplant service for 17 years; the Hospital’s Medical Director from 1997 to 2002 and was then appointed as director of research development in 2007.

Since retiring in July last year, Professor Wallwork was recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year Honours List, where he was awarded the CBE for services to health by HRH The Prince of Wales in May 2012.

Professor Wallwork said: “The Healthier Together programme is an exciting opportunity to ensure that local patients have access to the best possible healthcare and that these services are sustainable for future generations.”