David is a consultant stroke physician and the clinical lead for stroke in East Kent; the service being recently awarded two Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards for innovation and patient safety. He graduated from University College London, with a Masters from Kings College London following a stroke research thesis into cerebral oxygenation using near infrared spectroscopy during his general medicine, geriatric and stroke fellowship training.
He is clinical lead for the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) stroke programme for NHSE and in 2019 met over 200 acute and rehabilitation stroke teams in England, co-writing the GIRFT national stroke report which was published in 2022.
David co-chairs the national Thrombectomy Implementation Group (TIG) for NHSE, charged with improving access to Mechanical Thrombectomy in England. He has recently led the GIRFT/PEARS/SSNAP/NHSE collaboration, reviewing access and provision of Mechanical Thrombectomy in England, formal report due 2023.
David co-produced and published in 21/22 the National Stroke Service Model (NSSM), Integrated Community Stroke Service Model (ICSSM) and the National Optimal Stroke Imaging Pathway (NOSIP), which incorporates the use of Artificial Intelligence software as a decision support aid. He clinically leads the Stroke Prehospital Video Triage (Stroke PvT) project for NHSE which oversees 8 pilot projects to deliver this innovation to >12 million of the English population.
David has a keen research interest and has been local Principal Investigator for over 18 international clinical trials. He has a particular research interest in: Use of advanced imaging in hyper acute stroke care; Obstructive Sleep apnea and neurovascular disease; Telemedicine use in Stroke care; medication compliance and adherence. He has numerous academic publications including pragmatic guidance on the adaption of stroke services during the COVID 19 pandemic, including resources to assist systems to improve the detection of modifiable vascular conditions.
David was elected to the British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP) Education & Training Board in October 2011 and chaired this group until recently. He is the holder of the Life after Stroke Award for Professional Excellence from the Stroke Association.