Officer-Elect for Ireland announced

The RCPCH is pleased to announce that Dr Ray Nethercott has been elected unopposed to the position of Officer for Ireland. He will take up his post at the next meeting of RCPCH Council on 6 June 2019.

Dr Nethercott is a Consultant General Paediatrician with special interest in respiratory conditions at South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. Dr Nethercott was involved in the scrutiny and interpretation of data and informing the development of the indicators and recommendations within the State of Child Health Report (2017) while sitting on the steering group at the College on behalf of Northern Ireland. He continues to actively participate in the update for State of Child Health planned for early 2020. 

As a former Chief Clinical Information Officer in the Western Health and Social Care Trust, Dr Nethercott possesses expertise in the development of improvements in using technology to capture quality, comparable and measurable data, and ways that this can be used to improve healthcare outcomes within a more holistic integrated system that is patient centred. 

Dr Nethercott has been an active member of the College’s Informatics for Quality committee since 2015, and represents the College and the interests of child health on the Professional Records and Standards Bodies clinical advisory board.

Dr Nethercott has also been a member of the RCPCH Ireland Committee since it was recently refreshed and in this role he continues to advocate for children and for improvements to child health outcomes in Northern Ireland. In particular, he has represented the College in its response to the recommendations of the O’Hara inquiry as well as being an active member of the parliamentary and press panels.

Commenting on his election, Dr Ray Nethercott, RCPCH Officer-Elect for Ireland said:

I consider it a privilege to be able to work with so many colleagues dedicated to bringing about positive change for the health and wellbeing of the future generation of infants, children and young people in Northern Ireland. I believe that it is vital that we all continue to seek ways to work collaboratively, to standards that are agreed as well as being clearly understood, and that we do everything in our power to put the needs of children to the forefront of local, regional and national policy agendas.