Healthier Together

Ask a Doctor - Nick Lees

Nick LeesNick Lees grew up in South Manchester and qualified as a doctor from Oxford University in 1992. He did much of his specialist surgical training in hospitals in Greater Manchester before being appointed as a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Salford Royal in 2004. His clinical work includes treating patients for a range of abdominal conditions such as bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He also treats patients with emergency abdominal conditions such as peritonitis and bowel obstruction. He has specialist experience treating patients with intestinal failure resulting from complications of abdominal surgery and in that role has patients referred to him from all over England and Wales.

He was elected to the Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland in 2006. He was appointed Clinical Director of General Surgery at Salford Royal in 2011.  Struck by the variation in care during high risk surgery in Greater Manchester and elsewhere in the UK, he co-wrote recommendations for the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011, seeking to define the reliable standard of care every patient should expect to receive. In 2012 he was appointed by Healthier Together as Clinical Champion for General Surgery.

We asked Nick some of the big questions regarding the Healthier Together decision. Watch the videos below.

Why is the Healthier Together programme so important?


How will Healthier Together improve patient care?


How were the recommendations arrived at?


What factors were considered when selecting the four specialist abdominal surgery sites?


Were doctors from the Greater Manchester CCGs the right people to make this decision?


Why is it so important to start making these changes straight away?


Will specialisms in hospitals be affected by the Healthier Together decision?