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CV, Research Scientist and Data Analyst Seeks UK Position

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Serial No: 7480
(23/09/1958, male)
List top 5 skills: clinical audit, data analysis, project management, science, statistical analysis
Short Bio:

I am a professional scientist of the highest-calibre, with experience gained in a variety of applied fields. I am able to draw upon a substantial skill base developed over a period of 31 years, which encompasses staff and departmental management in addition to analytical and technical abilities. With over 20 publications to my name and numerous public sector and private clients, I have garnered considerable expertise in presenting complex information to all levels of society, from school children to senior managers and officials to members of the House of Commons and Cabinet.

Starting out as a neurophysiologist back in 1982, I was awarded a both a fellowship and subsequent SERC grant to permit studies at Sussex University (3 papers produced). During my PhD I was offered fast-stream placement with the Scientific Civil Service. Following three rapid promotions I became the then youngest Principle Scientist/G7, going on to advise the highest government officials in the UK. Following successful privatisation of my establishment – for which I chaired a steering group, reporting to the Cabinet Office – I switched to assisting the troubled Bristol Royal Infirmary by heading-up the Clinical Audit Department for Cardiac Services. With Foundation status secured and the department re-organised, I decided to take a sabbatical to explore a totally different direction with establishment of my own business. I am now considering returning to the employment sector and offering my experience and services once more.

Current location: 

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Locations I am interested in working:

United Kingdom

Employment history

Bristol Royal Infirmary Clinical Data Manager 2001-2009

Senior Clinical Audit Facilitator 2001-2009

Transport Research Laboratory Ltd Project Manager 1996-2000

Head of Section 1993-1996

Department of Transport (TRRL) Principal Scientific Officer 1992-1993

Senior Scientific Officer 1988-1992

Higher Scientific Officer 1986-1988

Scientific Officer 1985-1986

University of Sussex Course Tutor 1982-1985

Research Assistant 1980-1982

Career Highlights

• Pioneering research on the side-effects of the drug Aprotinin, leading to publication in The Lancet, 2008

• United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust ‘Agenda for Change’ senior panellist and assessor, 2007-2009

• Co-author and project lead for the Cardiac Surgery Annual Audit Report, Bristol Royal Infirmary, 2001-2009

• Personally appointed by CEO of Transport Research Laboratory to guide privatisation of the organisation, reporting to the Cabinet Office, 1994 – 1996

• Appointed to Assistant Chief Police Officer’s Traffic Enforcement Technology sub-committee as National Scientific Advisor, 1993 – 1996

• Secured grade separation of the A303 (valued at £240m) following reporting to the House of Commons

• Luncheon with the deputy prime minister as DETR ‘Scientist of the Year’, 1993

• Youngest Principal Scientist in the Scientific Civil Service at appointment in 1992

• Winner of 1992 Cornelius Medal for TRRL best scientific report

• Mason speaker at British Association for the Advancement of Science 1984 (broadcast on BBC R4)

Managerial skills & experience

• 17 years experience of middle and senior staff management, with over 60 staff managed and developed

• 8 years experience as Clinical Data Systems manager within NHS

• 5 years experience as NHS departmental budget holder

• 4 years experience as Head of Section within a government agency

• 2 years experience as NHS ‘Agenda for Change’ senior assessor and panellist

• Personally responsible for management of research projects totalling in excess of £4m

Specialist skills & experience

• Broad knowledge of a variety of statistical, survey, analytical and data-capture techniques

• 13 years experience in large-scale public/patient survey design and analysis

• 12 years experience as statistical/research consultant in the fields of transport and cardiac surgery

• 10 years experience of police operations, resources, structure and law enforcement

• 8 years experience as Senior Clinical Audit Facilitator within a major teaching hospital

• Scientific report writing of the highest international standing (over 20 publications to date)

• Extensive lecturing and teaching experience

General Office/IT skills & experience

• Former IT manager and proficient computer user with extensive knowledge of hardware/software

• Highly experienced user of SPSS statistical software

• Experienced user of Microsoft OFFICE

• Experience of desktop publishing packages (Adobe, CorelDraw, PaintShop Pro, Publisher)

• Interpersonal skills and team working abilities of the highest order

Selected Publications

Mouton R, Finch DJ, Davies I, Binks A, Zacharowski K. Effect of aprotinin on renal dysfunction in patients undergoing on-pump and off-pump cardiac surgery: a retrospective observational study. The Lancet Vol 371 No.9611. 2008

Husain S A, Finch D J, Ahmed M, Morgan A & Hetzel M R. Long-term follow-up of ultraflex metallic stents in benign and malignant central airway obstruction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Apr;83(4):1251-6.

Bryan, A J, Cohen, A M, Finch, D J. Cardiac Services Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit report 2005 – 6. Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Finch, D J, Baruya, A, Taylor M C & Lynam D A. The effects of drivers’ speed on the frequency of road accidents. TRL421. 1999

Finch, D J, Baruya, A, & Wells, P. Mastering the speed safety problem. Traffic Engineering & Control. Vol. 40 No. 2, February 1998

Finch, D J & Baruya, A. Investigation of traffic speeds and accidents on urban roads. Paper presented to PTRC annual international conference. September 1996.

Finch, D J, Astrop A & Balcombe R J. Bus Safety and maintenance following deregulation. RR337. Transport Research Laboratory. 1993

Finch, D J. The 1989 London Taxi Survey. RR341. Transport Research Laboratory. 1992

Finch, D J, Collet, T S, Udin, S B. A possible mechanism for binocular depth judgements in anurans. Exp Brain Res. Vol. 66. No. 1. 1987

Finch, D J, Collet, T S. Small-field, binocular neurons in the superficial layers of the frog optic tectum. Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. Vol 217. No. 1209. 1983

Academic Qualifications

PhD (inc): Binocular Vision in Anurans. Sussex University 1982-1985

BSc (hons), 2:1, Neurobiology, Sussex University 1980