NNUH consultant appointed a national clinical director
Dr Erika Denton, a consultant radiologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, has been appointed as the National Clinical Director for Imaging by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.
Dr Denton, a consultant radiologist who specialises in breast imaging at NNUH, was National Clinical Lead for Diagnostic Imaging at the Department of Health from 2005 and has led nationally on the roll-out of digital imaging systems across the NHS.
Dr Denton said: I am delighted to be appointed to this new role which will enable me to continue leading improvements to imaging services nationally. It is an honour to be able to combine working nationally with my clinical work in Norwich.
Erika, age 45, is a mother to six with three children and three step-children, she's a keen gardener and cook and is happiest relaxing with her family on their boat on the Broads.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is leading the way nationally in imaging (x-ray, US, MRI and CT) with the establishment of one of only three new Radiology Academies in the country and the use at NNUH and Cromer of a hi-tech digital imaging system (PACS) which has done away with the 19th century technology of x-ray film.
Dr Dentons achievements include:
- Clinical Director of one of the highest performing breast units in the UK
- Successful bid for £80,000 as a pilot site for role extension in breast imaging, 2000
- Successful application for an independent radiology training scheme for Norwich, 2000
- Successful bid for £1,800,000 for a Norwich Radiology Academy with on-going protected funding of £1,100,000 per year, 2003
- Appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, 2004
- Appointed as the first National Clinical lead for Diagnostic Imaging at the Department of Health, 2005 then as National Clinical Director in 2010
- Appointed Medical Director of the PACS Programme, Connecting for Health, 2007
- Delivered PACS in every hospital trust in England, 2008
- Lead the reduction of waiting times in imaging to less than 6 weeks, succeeded in 2008
- Lead complex imaging work programme across multiple government bodies
- Chairman of the Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group, 2005-2007
- President of the UK Radiological Congress, 2010 and 2011
- Maintenance of an active research portfolio, supervising postgraduate research and leading projects
- Grant Income and Education Funding achievements of £1.03m in collaborative work
- Appointed to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Medtech Stakeholder Reference & Diagnostic Advisory Groups, 2010
NNUH chief executive Anna Dugdale said: Erika has worked tirelessly for her patients here and also at a national level to reform imaging services across the NHS in England. Were delighted that Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has appointed her as National Clinical Director and wish her well for her new role.”