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Dr Vaz Ahmed, Consultant & Clinical Director in Emergency Medicine has led exceptional ED performance

Vaz attended Kastura Medical School, India graduating in 1995.  Following this he completed his postgraduate specialist training in India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the East of England.  As well as developing his clinical knowledge and skills, during this time his passion, enthusiasm, impressive organisational skills and a sheer dogged determination to get things done, saw him organise two inter-medical school sporting events in India, each for 1000 participants.

Dr Ahmed was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) in 2008. In addition to a very busy clinical practice he has led on a wide range of initiatives to improve the care and experience of patients attending the Emergency Department.  Dr Ahmed is committed, extremely hard working and patient focused.  He is skilled at maintaining a positive team climate and building relationships inside and outside the team.  These skills and personal qualities have enabled him to make significant improvements to the workforce and processes within the department.  He has made significant progress at developing the Emergency Department work force and response to system pressures resulting from rising demand.

The process changes which he instituted led to improvements in Ambulance turn-around time, helping the ambulance service respond in a timely manner to sicker patients in the community, the level of 15 minute turnarounds improved from 35% to 55% and 30 minute turnarounds from 70 to 98%. 

He has been vocal at raising the profile of ‘exit block’ and flow in to the hospital to help towards the 4 hour standard and by March 2017 the Trust had the most improved performance in the country.  This work was supported by the £100,000 of funding which he was awarded from the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).  The pressing issue of crowding in UK Emergency Departments inspired him to collaborate with the University of Cambridge Engineering Department to design a tool to predict crowding and develop interventions which could reduce it and thus impact on patient care and outcomes.

He has also played a very active role in improving the level of care for patients with sepsis in particular.  In 2011 he received the Sir Arthur Marshall Award for his introduction of the Sepsis Early Recognition Tool which led to improvements in intravenous fluid administration from 28% - 87% and intravenous Antibiotics from 64% - 93%.

Dr Ahmed’s passion for training in Emergency Medicine is unabated and he remains active in education in both the UK and India.  He delivers teaching twice yearly in India for their Membership exams and supports and supervises medical students, junior doctors and paramedical colleagues in the UK.


Vaz has been involved too with the wider  work to improve race equality at CUH as a member of the BAME staff network to support WRES implementation and as part of the focus group to help co-produce the Trust’s WRES action plan. We are delighted to nominate him.

edited on Apr 27, 2018 by NHS England WRES team
Monica Jacot

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