Hospitals face “real challenge” of finding sensible solutions to treat CLI “epidemic”

Recently appointed chair of the Circulation Foundation, Rachel Bell (London, UK), talks to BLearning at VSASM 2019 (Vascular Societies’ Annual Scientific Meeting; 27–29 November, Manchester, UK) about the role of the vascular charity and her plans for its future.

Bell, who spoke on both aortic disease and peripheral arterial disease treatment, says that there is clear a need for complicated aortic surgery to be done “in the right place, with the right surgical team”, adding that currently one of the main challenges of vascular disease is finding “sensible” ways of treating the critical limb ischaemia (CLI) “epidemic”.

Commenting on wider issues in healthcare, Bell concludes that the best way to effect change is to get doctors and nurses to “take charge and redevelop their local microsystems and do it for their specific patient populations”.

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Bell, Rachel

Rachel Bell is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and the network director for vascular surgery for the South East Vascular Network (SEVN).

She is also the Chair of the Circulation Foundation and sits on the board for the Vanguard and Cardiovascular Institute and Network (CVIN) projects.

Nationally Rachel was the secretary of the British Society of Endovascular Therapy (2014-2018) and is the London representative on the NHSE Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for vascular surgery.

She qualified with distinction in surgery from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 1994.

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