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Jag Ahluwalia

Dr Jag Ahluwalia moved with his family from India to the UK as a young child.    Throughout his life and career he has consistently demonstrated personal qualities and attributes which have been and continue to be a significant asset to the UK generally and to the NHS and healthcare specifically.  He is wholly committed to the wider NHS and to the pursuit of excellence.  He has very strong people skills, in particular in listening, diplomacy and negotiation.  He is demonstrably fair and recognises the critical importance of dealing equally and proportionately with staff from all disciplines, and being accountable for one’s actions.  He takes a considered approach in dealing with difficult or confrontational situations, and always pursues the facts and has a proven record of taking and implementing difficult decisions, when necessary.  He also has a robust and extremely well developed sense of humour and it is a pleasure to work with him.


Dr Ahluwalia undertook his pre-clinical studies in Cambridge from 1980 – 1983 and completed his clinical studies at The Middlesex and University College Hospital Medical School, London between 1983 – 1986.  In his varied medical career, Dr Ahluwalia has undertaken clinical posts within General Practice and also research roles in Paediatrics and Neonatology in the UK and Australia.  Following his decision to specialise in Neonatal Medicine, he took up post as a Consultant Neonatologist at (the then) Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 1996. 


Since his Consultant appointment, in addition to his clinical duties, Dr Ahluwalia has undertaken a wide variety of important leadership roles including, Lead Clinician, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Neonatal Network; Chair, Looking to the Future, East of England Review (Newborn Care subgroup); Senior Officer, Honorary Treasurer and Trustee, British Association of Perinatal Medicine, Chair (Clinical), Eastern Region Neonatal Services Review Group. 


In 2004 he commenced in post as Associate Medical Director and in 2008 was appointed to the role of Executive Medical Director from 2008, stepping down at the end of a very successful tenure in October 2017.  During his time as Medical Director, he was held in the highest regard in the Trust and nationally. He led a highly effective Medical Directorate and implemented the Trust’s first Quality Strategy. His leadership in infection control saw a marked and sustained reduction in hospital acquired infections. Under this medical leadership the Trust was Dr Foster Trust of the Year 2012, a CHKS Top 40 Trust for Safety 2014, and continues to have among the lowest mortality rates in its peer group nationally. His unwavering focus on quality and safety was demonstrated by ensuring these considerations are embedded in all Trust decisions. He is often called upon by other NHS bodies and external agencies for expert advice on medical leadership. His approach is clear, practical and of the highest integrity, which was used to great effect in his innovative programme to develop the next generation of medical leaders now adopted by Health Education England as an exemplar.

 Since moving on from the role of Medical Director he has been appointed as the Director of Digital, to lead the regional integration of clinical IT systems.

edited on Apr 24, 2018 by (Account removed)
Monica Jacot

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