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Rod has a B.Sc. (Hon) in Microbiology/Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering; is a chartered management accountant (ACMA, CGMA) a nd has completed the Hewlett Packard course in Total Quality Management. His car eer outside the NHS covers 7 years in academia (Biochemical Engineering) and 10 years in industry as a group process development engineer for blue-chip FMCG plc’s and a s general manager of an international laboratory proficiency testing organisation. He has over 22 years’ experience in healthcare (com mencing as Assistant Director of Information at the Royal Berkshire Hospital) both w ithin the NHS and as an independent consultant covering Acute & Community involving Fin ance, Information, Contracting, Commissioning, Performance Management and Service P lanning. Healthcare Analysis & Forecasting (HCAF) was establ ished in 1995 with clients including Trusts, PCTs, SHAs, Prudential and Glaxo plc. A dis ease management study in gastrointestinal bleeding & ulcers won an internati onal award within Glaxo plc. In 1996 he completed a review of bed requirements for the Roya l Berkshire Hospital. The forecast bed numbers were contested by the local health authorit y and a smaller hospital was built. The Trust eventually submitted a further business case (due to chronic bed shortages) to bring bed provision in line with the original forecast.
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