Current Role: Chief Medical Officer, Southern District Health Board.
Previously, Nigel was CMO for the Canterbury District Health Board for just over ten years. During this time he participated in a transformational change to an integrated and connected health system. A Geriatrician and Internal Medicine Physician by training – Newcastle UK – he moved to Christchurch in 1992 and Dunedin in 2016.
During ten years as Clinical Director of the Older Persons Health Service he participated in the Elder Care Canterbury initiative which created a unified and coordinated aged care community plus a series of successful improvement initiatives.
Nigel has led from the front in championing the implementation of clinical information systems – most lately a common shared record across the health service. The need for which was highlighted after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
As part of his work in aged care, Nigel has promoted the implementation of a standardised comprehensive assessment. Consequently the InterRAI assessment protocol is standard across the country in the community and currently being rolled out in residential care.
Nigel is a member of the National Health IT Board, an advisor to the Health Quality and Safety Commission. He is also the InterRAI Fellow for New Zealand and a director of the Health Round Table.
He continues clinical practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is a committed lifelong cyclist and an advocate for active transport.