Mathew Mathai

Consultant Paediatrician, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I have been a Consultant Paediatrician at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2008. I competed my undergraduate training in Queens University in Belfast and my initial paediatric training in Cardiff. I came to Yorkshire in 2001.

A lot of my work is at the ‘coal face’ of acute general paediatrics. Over the past 10 years there has been a significant increase in demand on secondary care services. This is unsustainable. With changes to the workforce and developments in technology, the NHS is ripe for innovation and transformation of services. The need is greater than ever before.

In Bradford there is system level buy-in for improving quality and value with the shared vision that ‘the key to delivering effective and urgent care is ensuring that the whole system is designed to support self-care and community care at home, thereby reducing avoidable hospital admissions and facilitating timely early discharges’ (Institute for Innovation and Improvement). The future can be bright but is only sustainable through better networks and collaboration.