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Relaunching the Faculty of Medicine Staff Rounds

Staff Rounds are relaunching at Hammersmith Campus from Wednesday 18 September.

What are Staff Rounds?

The aim of the Staff Round is to inspire and learn how clinical medicine can be transformed by research. It’s a way for Faculty and Trust staff to discover the extraordinary research carried out throughout the Faculty and to bring people together.

The central premise of the event will be to use a clinical case to highlight research and encourage discussion. Staff Rounds have a long history at Hammersmith Hospital, dating back to the 80s.

The weekly sessions during term-time are organised by Professor Liz Lightstone. Writing about last year’s Staff Rounds, she said: “As part of an AHSC we still value hearing about fascinating clinical problems outside our specialities, and that we are prepared to joust in a friendly manner to promote even better outcomes. But that will only happen if people make the effort to attend, if the senior members of staff come along and bring their teams with them, and if everyone contributes. I would like the Staff Round to once again become a highlight of the week.”

Who can attend?

Research staff, clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals and more are encouraged to attend and will be welcomed.

Upcoming Staff Rounds

Wednesday 18 September 2019 – 12:30-1:30 pm (lunch served from 12 pm)

Willow Suite, PG Education Centre, Hamm House Ground Floor

Chair: Professor Martin Wilkins

  1. Department of Infectious Disease: Professor Graham Cooke; Accelerating the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis
  2. NHLI: Dr Luke Howard; The patient who refused to take pulmonary hypertension lying down

Wednesday 25 September 2019 

Willow Suite, PG Education Centre, Hamm House Ground Floor

Chair: Professor Marina Botto

  1. Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction:  Consultant Prof Mark Thursz (Head of Department and Head of the Biomedical Research Centre) – Title TBC
  2. Department of Immunology and Inflammation – Consultant Prof Liz Lightstone,  presenter Dr Hannah Wilson – Title TBC

 

Confidence in Collaboration scheme

London Advanced Therapies is seeking applications for its Confidence in Collaboration scheme, which offers a total of £1.5m funding to stimulate new research collaborations between two or more London academic partners in cell and gene therapy. This is the second of two calls for proposals.

Funding of up to £50K per project will be awarded to provide consumables and/or equipment to pump-prime new, exciting collaborative work that has the potential to go on securing more substantial funding from UKRI, charitable funders and/or Industry.

The London Advance Therapies – Confidence in Collaboration projects will have the following attributes:

  • Supporting new research collaborations in cell and gene therapy between two or more  London Academic Institutions (with the aim of building cross-institutional teams)
  • Applicable to pre-clinical, clinical, manufacturing and underpinning technology research (and other similar areas)
  • Maximum of £50K, normally 12 months duration, supporting pump-priming/pilot research
  • Funding can support directly-incurred costs, including facilities use (but not salaries)
  • Applications must be led by an established academic at one of the London institutions and always involve a PI from  King’s College London, University College London and /or Imperial College
  • Submissions should be co-led by PIs working at two or more London Institutions.

Applications will be assessed by a cross-institutional expert panel.
Expression of Interest should be submitted by email to: advanced.therapies@kcl.ac.uk – contact us with a paragraph describing your project and we will send you an application form.

Deadline for full submission  will be on 12 September 2019please make sure you contact us well in advance with your expression of Interest.

Get to know: Chris Allan, Senior Occupational Health Adviser

Chris Allan, Senior Occupational Health Adviser

Describe your job in three words:

Help people change.

When did you first realise you wanted to do what you do?

It was about 15 years ago; I knew I wasn’t very happy where I was and what I was doing, so I made a decision to do something about that.

What’s the best thing about your role?

I feel really privileged to meet and help a diverse range of people.

What’s the most challenging thing about your role?

I help people face some of their toughest challenges in life. Lots of people know what they should do, but knowing isn’t enough, because action is often scary.

What’s the proudest moment of your career?

I don’t really feel proud very much, but knowing I can share the tools to help people through difficult times is rewarding – I like finding the way together!

Tell us a little about your work on Mental Health First Aid?

I first trained as a Mental Health First Aid instructor in 2014. Since then MHFA has really taken root at Imperial and become something that enables many of our wonderful volunteers to support those around them. Growing and nurturing that network is where much of my work takes place. (more…)

Get to know: Rebecca Frise, Research Technician

Rebecca Frise, Research Technician, Department of Medicine

Describe your research / job in three words:

How influenza works

When did you first realise you wanted to do what you do?

I attended a conference at which my current PI (Prof Wendy Barclay) was the keynote speaker and I knew I wanted to join her lab and research team.

What’s the best thing about your role?

The team I work with and the flexibility given to me by my manager and college.

What’s the most challenging thing about your role?

No two days are the same; sometimes you can’t plan for the problems that arise and you have to troubleshoot on the spot.

What’s the proudest moment of your career?

Publishing my first journal paper

Name a machine / software /object you couldn’t do your job without:

Has to be the software GraphPad Prism

What is the one thing you want to know/do before you die?

Visit Patagonia in South America
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Get to know: Dr Shona Blair, Head of Research Strategy

Dr Shona Blair, Head of Research Strategy, Faculty of Medicine

Describe your job in a few words:

Develop and support strategic research initiatives

What’s the best thing about your role?

Supporting world leading researchers, and the team I work with.

What’s the most challenging thing about your role?

Understanding the depth and breadth of the research we do, the complexities of our structure and our engagement with the NHS.

What’s the proudest moment of your career?

Giving a key note address on my research, while the world leader in my field was in the audience, and receiving very positive feedback from him.

I heard that you’ve done some research on bees and honey – tell us a little about that:

As a former microbiologist, I’ve been involved in research into the antimicrobial and other therapeutic properties of honey, with a particular focus on manuka from Australia and New Zealand, for quite a few years. (more…)

Need to work over the Christmas closure period?

The College closes at your usual finishing time on Friday 21 December and reopens on Wednesday 2 January. If you need to undertake any essential work between these times when the College is closed, the College Access to College Buildings Out of Hours Policy applies. Please see the policy for more information on what is considered to be essential work.

The policy requires you to obtain written permission from your Head of Department (or, for the Department of Medicine only, your Head of Division). There is a link within the Policy to the form that you need in order to obtain such permission.

Heads of Department/Division must be satisfied that appropriate lone working arrangements are made in line with the College’s Safe Management of Lone Working Code of Practice, and that wellbeing implications are considered prior to out of hours access being granted.

Security staff are likely to check whether such permission has been granted if you are working at these times.

 

Faculty of Medicine academics recognised with 2018 promotions

The College has recognised a total of 54 staff from across the Faculty of Medicine who have been promoted in the 2018 round.

The promotions recognise the achievements and expertise of staff across all faculties and the Business School and take effect from 1 September 2018.

The full list of 139 promoted staff from across the College for the 2018 year can be seen in the following news story.

Congratulations to the following academic staff from the Faculty of Medicine:

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Enrique Martinez-Perez, Reader in Chromosome Biology

Peter Sarkies, Senior Lecturer

Department of Medicine

Janine Bosse, Senior Research Fellow

Angela Brueggemann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Graham Cooke, Professor of Infectious Diseases

Parviz Habibi, Professor of Practice (Paediatric Medicine)

Christopher John, Reader in Pharmacology

Mark Layton, Professor of Practice (Haematology)

Isabelle Leclerc, Reader in Diabetic Medicine

Ian Maconochie, Professor of Practice (Paediatric Emergency Medicine)

Paresh Malhotra, Reader in Cognitive & Behavioural Neurology

Kikkeri Naresh, Professor of Practice (Pathology)

Eduardo Olavarria, Professor of Practice (Stem Cell Transplantation & Cellular Therapy)

Inga Prokopenko, Reader in Human Genomics

Magdalena Sastre, Reader in Molecular Neuroscience

Tricia Tan, Professor of Practice (Metabolic Medicine & Endocrinology)

Gareth Tudor-Williams, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Jonathan Valabhji, Professor of Practice (Diabetes)

Department of Surgery & Cancer

Richard Abel, Senior Lecturer

Veronique Azuara, Reader in Stem Cell Biology

Fernando Bello, Professor of Surgical Computing and Simulation Science

Tom Bourne, Professor of Practice (Gynaecology)

Susan Clark, Professor of Practice (Colorectal Surgery)

Omar Faiz, Professor of Practice (Colorectal Surgery)

Hector Keun, Professor of Biochemistry

Shahid Khan, Professor of Practice (Haepatology)

Maria Kyrgiou, Reader in Gynaecological Oncology

Christoph Lees, Professor of Obstetrics

Daniel Leff, Reader in Breast Surgery

Maud Lemoine, Reader in Haepatology

David Nott, Professor of Practice (Surgery)

Mary O’Brien, Professor of Practice (Medical Oncology)

Brian Saunders, Professor of Practice (Endoscopy)

Rohini Sharma, Reader in Clinical Pharmacology & Medical Oncology

Tiong Ghee Teoh, Professor of Practice (Obstetrics)

Catherine Urch, Professor of Practice (Palliative Medicine)

Mary Wells, Professor of Practice (Cancer Nursing)

National Heart and Lung Institute

Piers Daubeney, Professor of Practice (Paediatric Cardiology)

Sujal Desai, Professor of Practice (Thoracic Imaging)

Gavin Donaldson, Professor of Respiratory Studies

Eric Lim, Professor of Thoracic Surgery

Michael Loebinger, Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine)

Andrew Menzies-Gow, Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine)

Susanna Price, Professor of Practice (Cardiology & Intensive Care)

Jennifer Quint, Reader in Respiratory Epidemiology

Tristan Rodriguez, Reader in Cell and Developmental Biology

Darryl Shore, Professor of Practice (Congenital Cardiac Surgery)

James Ware, Reader in Genomic Medicine

Zachary Whinnett, Reader in Cardiac Electrophysiology

Robert Wilson, Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine)

School of Public Health

Nimalan Arinaminpathy, Reader in Mathematical Epidemiology

Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Reader in Computational Epidemiology and Exposome Sciences

Tini Garske, Senior Lecturer

Thibaut Jombart, Senior Lecturer

 

 

 

 

 

NeurOn Topic – a new Imperial blog

A new Imperial blog entitled ‘NeurOn Topic: Learning and Teaching’ has launched this week.

The founder and editor of the blog is Dr Stefano Sandrone, Teaching Fellow within the Faculty of Medicine, and the contributors are Imperial’s MSc Translational Neuroscience students.

The key aims of this new blog are to enhance the curriculum, innovate pedagogy and inspire society.

With questions submitted by current Master’s students, the first blog post features an interview with Dr Magdalena Skipper, former Imperial alumna and new Editor-in-Chief of Nature. She is the first female Editor-in-Chief over the last 149 years and started her new role at the beginning of July.

Some of the topics that will be covered in future blog posts include the relationship between brain science and spirituality, the neuroscience behind the ‘perfect’ morning cup of coffee, and the neuroscience of revision. There will be also space for notes on the cognitive changes in depression and on the neurological aspect of HIV, as well as on the important role the anterior part of our brain plays in learning and cognition.

Furthermore, other interviews with special guests have already been planned.

Stay tuned! Visit the blog at: http://wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/blog/neuron-topic/

The Professor Richard Wise Memorial Fund

In memory of Richard Wise

A memorial fund has been created in the late Professor Richard Wise’s name to commemorate his contribution to science and the academic community at Imperial College London.

The Professor Richard Wise Memorial Fund exists within Imperial College and aims to commemorate Richard and his passion for supporting researchers early in their careers. The Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging group at Imperial to will be hosting an annual international lecture prize competition for young scientists in cognitive neuroscience. This will be in memory of Richard who made enormous contributions to cognitive neuroscience and had a reputation for supporting young neuroscientists.

About the Fund

Early to mid-career neuroscientists will be invited to submit scientific abstracts in the field of cognitive neuroscience on an annual basis. The winning candidate will present their work in London alongside an invited lecture delivered by a senior internationally-renowned cognitive neuroscientist.

The fund will support travel expenses for both the winning scientists and the invited speaker, their accommodation costs, and refreshments for the event. To maximise attendance to the event, the event itself will be free and open to all cognitive neuroscientists and will be temporally linked to a national/international neuroscience event, such as the annual Association of British Neurologists meeting, or the British Neuropsychological Society spring meeting. Around 200 delegates are expected, from a wide range of research and clinical backgrounds. The audience will include clinical neurologists, neuroscientists, neuroimaging analysts and clinical psychologists. The organising committee will be chaired by Professor David Sharp, Dr Adam Hampshire, Dr Fatemeh Geranmayeh and Dr Emily Shaw (Richard’s daughter).

How to donate

Donations to the Fund can be made on the JustGiving page.

Professor Richard Wise was a Consultant neurologist and a Professor of neurology at Imperial College London. He was a prolific academic writer who was deeply respected by his colleagues and patients. He supervised many PhD students who have gone on to become leaders in their field.

A memorial service will be taking place from 6-9pm, Monday 9 July, Lecture Theatre 1, Wolfson Education Centre, Hammersmith Hospital. Further details and registration at https://richardwise.eventbrite.com

Inclusive Module for Professional And Critical Thinking Skills (IMPACTS) Teaching Fellow

What is IMPACTS?

The Inclusive Module for Professional And Critical Thinking Skills (IMPACTS) is a project funded by Imperial College Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching Innovation for a year. Its aim is to develop – for all postgraduate taught programmes in the Faculty of Medicine – a blended online/face-to-face module to introduce our Masters students to the professional skills and critical thinking required to undergo their research project.

Inspired by the daily practice of the scientific community, IMPACTS will be a blended and inclusive learning approach to these professional skills, such as efficient article reading and data presentation as well as claim analysis or problem-solving. The teaching will be delivered through an interactive online pre-session element and a subsequent face-to-face element, relying on active sessions directly integrated into individual programmes’ curricula. Through its interactive, blended and inclusive nature, IMPACTS fits nicely within the College Learning and Teaching strategy.

New Teaching Fellow Post

To support this project, we are recruiting a Teaching Fellow (TF, 0.5FTE level 3b for 12 months) who will, by working alongside our students, postgraduate programmes and the IMPACTS team, coordinate the design, development and timely delivery of the IMPACTS module.

More details about the post can be found in the Job Descriptionincluding a link to the application page.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Sophie Rutschmann.

Applications should take the form of a CV and a cover letter outlining the skills and experience you would bring to the role and should be sent to me by 12 noon on Wednesday 4 July. All application received will be acknowledged.

CATO Research Symposium: Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract

For the CATO Research Symposium research symposium taking on 27 June we are delighted that we will be joined by Professor Eric Alton, Chair of Respiratory Medicine and Gene Therapy at Imperial. He will be talking about his pioneering research which has evolved from understanding the basic pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis, through mice models into human gene therapy: an exquisite clinical academic research career for you all to emulate!

The research symposium is a key part of your clinical academic training/research career development – exposing you to a wider range of research than in your day-to-day work, giving you an opportunity to think of novel collaborations, techniques, and research questions, and see how you can develop a clinical academic career. You should attend if you are an Academic Foundation Doctor, ACF, in a clinical research training fellowship/PhD, CL or other post-doctoral researcher, or a non-medical clinical academic. The afternoon will include research presentations, the keynote presentation, posters and networking opportunities with colleagues and the CATO team.

We encourage you all to submit a research abstract, and there will be PRIZES for the best oral presentations and for the best research poster. This year we encourage you to think about your use of plain English when presenting your research for a non-clinical, non-scientific audience, and of course lay explanations are now needed on all grant and fellowship applications, so the practice is invaluable.

Abstracts must be submitted on the following template.

All submitted abstracts must include a plain English summary (125 words max, see guidance sheet) and we will offer an ADDITIONAL PRIZE for the very best.

Send your abstracts using the attached template to cato@imperial.ac.uk. We will advise you if you have been selected to give an oral presentation or to display a poster by early June. We are open for abstract submissions until 10.00hrs on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

Attend the CATO Research Symposium

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 13.00-18.30, W12 Conference Centre, Hammersmith Hospital

Please book a place ASAP for the symposium using the online booking form.

Events from the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO)

Where to start if you’ve been thinking about research!

Have you ever thought about doing some research because you want to make improvements for your patients or how you do your job?

Well, the Imperial Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) has a session for you…

This informal and exploratory session could be just the start you need. This FREE event is open to all Imperial College Healthcare Trust/Imperial College/Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospital’s non-medical healthcare professionals. Please see below details about the event and to book your place now.

Date: Thursday 3 May 2018

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: Wolfson Building, Hammersmith Hospital.

Secure your place

CATO Masterclass: Improving use of genomic information including accessing the 100,000 Genomes project, 8 May

Tuesday 8 May 2018,  17.30-19.30,  W12 Conference Centre, Hammersmith Hospital

This Masterclass will explore the cutting-edge use of genomic information both in clinical practice and clinical academic research, and will give an update on the 100,000 Genomes project and how clinical academics can use/access 100,000 Genomes. Whatever your research interests this will be of enormous interest, given the rapidly changing field,  and might allow you to better think how to access available data/materials.

Secure your place (more…)

The Francis Crick Institute: Opportunities open for application

The Crick and its partner universities are launching two initiatives for staff from all departments:

  • The call for the 2018 round of attachments is now open with a deadline of 10 April 2018. The programme of attachments offers Imperial staff the opportunity for their research group to be seconded to the Crick, to establish a satellite group in a Crick lab or to spend up to a year with the Crick on sabbatical. Find out more and apply.
  • The new Networking Fund call for applications has a rolling deadline, the first of which is 23 February 2018. The Fund supports staff to develop connections across disciplinary boundaries with researchers in related fields and other world-leading biomedical scientists at the Crick. Find out more and apply.

Mr Chris Lattimer receives Award of Excellence at the Congress of Phlebology 2017

We wish to congratulate Mr Christopher Lattimer, Honorary Consultant from the West London Vascular and Interventional Centre, for his lecture on discord outcomes on the anterior accessory saphenous vein 5-year results at the 15th Romanian Congress of Phlebology 2017 held in Timisoara. The photograph is of him receiving the certificate of excellence (right) from Professor Sorin Olariu (left), who is the head of the department at ”Victor Babeș” Timișoara, Romania. Mr Lattimer from the Josef Pflug Vascular Laboratory, Ealing Hospital & Imperial College, recommended in his presentation that the discord outcome analysis (DOA) should become part of the reporting standard of all randomised clinical trials on superficial venous intervention. Currently, only successful outcomes are reported in isolation which may give misleading information. Highlighting the discrepancies when one outcome is in disagreement with another outcome will provide transparency. This is an outcome currently lacking from all RCTs on superficial venous intervention.

TOAST SURVEY 2018

The College’s ‘Original Academic Staff Time’ (TOAST) survey is currently in progress for 2017/18. So far, the Faculty of Medicine has achieved a response rate of 76% compared to 85% for the College. All Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers and Professors will be sent a total of three survey invitations throughout the year with guidance and a link to the online survey. Your participation in this anonymous survey is essential for the College to fulfil its responsibilities to demonstrate a transparent approach to costing.

Find out more

Call for contributions: Commission on the Future of Surgery

Posted on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons

The Royal College of Surgeons has just launched an independent Commission to explore the future of surgical care.

The purpose of the Commission on the Future of Surgery will be to set out a compelling and credible vision of the future advances in medicine and technology, and how those developments will affect the delivery of surgical care.

In the last 50 years, new findings and innovations have transformed surgery and the way clinical care is delivered. Innovations that were unthinkable only a few decades or years ago are now common practice.

To reduce surgical trauma on the patient, surgery has moved towards ever less invasive interventions, with fewer but more precise cuts and incisions. Surgery is thus shifting from traditionally seeing, feeling and manipulating organs and tissues through the surgeon’s own eyes and hands, to using an intelligent robotic medium to see and intervene inside the body. (more…)

New system for recording holiday and sick leave

The College will be implementing a new availability and absence management system, called TeamSeer. The system has been designed to record and manage staff availability such as holiday, sickness and other absence types required by the College. The system has been piloted across the College, and feedback has been gathered to ensure it meets the College requirements.

The go-live date for the new system will be in time for the new annual leave year on 1 February 2018.

The system is a user-friendly online planner, which will be accessible using your College username and password. When the system goes live, you will receive an email from TeamSeer with a link that will give you access to your account. In the meantime, if you would like to familiarise yourself with the system you can view video tutorials at the weblinks below: (more…)

Update from the Section of Vascular Surgery

New appointments

  • We have had two clinical lecturers appointed this year (including one NIHR funded) – Tristan Lane and Sarah Onida
  • We have had two new research fellows appointed to the department: Amar Abdullah and Lydia Hanna

Sarah Onida – Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery

  • November 2017 – Second prize at the American College of Phlebology for the following oral presentation: “Clinical Scoring, Disease Specific Quality of life and Duplex Features in Chronic Venous Disease”
  • September 2017 – First prize at the VI International Interuniversity Meeting for the following oral presentation: “The relationship  between disease specific clinical and quality of life scores in chronic venous disease”

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Ylenia Perone awarded registration grant

Ylenia Perone, clinician and PhD student has been awarded a registration grant from the Society for Endocrinology to attend the conference SfE BES 2017.

Held in November in Harrogate, this annual conference brings together experts from both the clinical and scientific field working on endocrine diseases and hormone-dependent tumours.

Ylenia is working on oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer in Dr. Luca Magnani’s group in the Department of Surgery and Cancer. Dr Sheba Jarvis, working in Bevan’s group in the same Department is an active member of the Society for Endocrinology and she sponsored Ylenia for this registration grant. (more…)

Janet Powell Honorary Lecture at ESVS 2017

Janet Powell, Professor of Vascular Biology & Medicine in the Department of Surgery & Cancer, recently delivered the first Janet Powell Honorary Lecture at the European Society for Vascular Surgery Congress 2017 – the first of a series of annual lectures in honour of Janet’s contributions to the subject.

Held in Lyon in September, Janet’s lecture at the annual meeting focused on evidence-based vascular surgery. Janet will also be giving the British Journal of Surgery invited lecture at the annual meeting of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland on 24 November in Manchester. (more…)

Applications open for Calibre Leadership Programme

Do you consider yourself to be disabled? Do you face extra challenges at work?

Find out more about the Calibre leadership development programme for disabled staff by coming along to one of the taster sessions being held in November and December. The Calibre programme is delivered by Dr Ossie Stuart, an international disability consultant and academic, alongside the College’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Centre. This is a great course which staff with disabilities are encouraged to attend. The new course starts in January 2018. Registration for the Calibre Taster Sessions is via ICIS My Training.

Find out more (more…)

Diverse@Imperial week: open call

Diverse@Imperial week is a week-long celebration of Imperial’s diverse community and the talent within it, taking place from 29 Jan – 2 Feb 2018.

During the week, there will be an exhibition in the South Kensington main entrance, showcasing stories from Imperial staff and students, and these stories will be shared online throughout the week as well.

The College Social Media team are doing an open call for staff and students to volunteer to be interviewed so we can write and share these stories. Interested staff/students should email socialmedia@imperial.ac.uk to find out more.

 

 

 

Lecture recordings

The College provides Panopto to support recording of course lectures. While not obligatory, there are many good reasons to use this technology and the College encourages staff to make use of its capabilities.

Panopto is a flexible and easy-to-use platform that allows Imperial College staff to record audio, video, PowerPoint presentations and capture secondary sources e.g. visualiser. It can be used to record lectures, module introductions, assessment feedback and a range of other multimedia content.

Find out more and how to get started 

 

New SharePoint sites

The Faculty of Medicine has released two new SharePoint sites designed to provide all Faculty of Medicine staff with access to a central key contacts list and process repository. You will need to use Office 365 login (collegeusername@ic.ac.uk) to access these sites.

Key Contacts

Purpose:

To provide one central list of key safety and other defined roles to ensure that this information is recorded, updated and reviewed and can be updated in one source. (more…)