Prof. (Dr.) Minesh Khashu, Consultant Neonatologist, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Prof. of Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University, Spokesman for Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week

Prof. (Dr.) Minesh Khashu M.B.B.S, MD, FRCPCH, FRSA, Q Fellow (Health Foundation & NHSI), Fellow England Centre for Practice Development .
Consultant Neonatologist, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Prof. of Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University.
Clinical Director, Maternity, Childrens’ and Young People, Wessex Clinical Network, NHS England, Wessex
Clinical Director, Maternity, Childrens’ and Young People, Wessex Clinical Network, NHS England, Wessex

Dr. Khashu is a clinical leader reimagining healthcare with a focus on system wide transformation, continuous Quality Improvement and Patient Centred Care.

He has experience of clinical management and leadership at hospital, regional and national level including strategic change, system redesign, large scale quality improvement and development of national guidance and multi stakeholder collaboration.

He was one of the 35 clinicians selected nationally from about 1800 for the NHS Fast Track Leadership Programme in 2015 run by the NHS Leadership Academy & Harvard USA. He trained at Harvard on Reimagining Healthcare and large scale transformation in healthcare.

Dr Khashu has contributed very effectively in multiple domains locally, regionally and nationally, largely in his own time and while doing a full time clinical frontline role.

His leadership skills and acumen is exemplified by:

  1. Leadership of the Neonatal Service at Poole: High level of leadership provided by him between 2007-2017 highlighted in previous CQC and RCPCH reports. Excellent QI and Safety improvements during his tenure leading to Zenith national team award for QI in 2017 and Outstanding Frontline Leadership Award in 2018.

i) Developing the skills of the neonatal team in QI and Safety: Dr Khashu has personally trained neonatal clinical staff in his unit in QI methodology and initiated quality and safety huddles which have helped to develop an open and safety culture.

ii) Development of the 2 tier neonatal workforce model at Poole: This was developed by Dr Khashu and commended in various national forums. He has personally trained /supervised multiple ANNPs through specific training programmes including prescribing.Development of DadPad Neonatal, a resource to support dads whose babies have been admitted to neonatal units.

B) Development of DadPad Neonatal, a resource to support dads whose babies have been admitted to neonatal units.

C) Founder of SIGNEC & Development of Website for parents and professionals: International special interest group NEC

D) Senate member for South of England for National Neonatal CRG: Development of national specification, quality indicators and strategy. National lead for development of neonatal CQUINs.

E) Perinatal Safety: Neonatologist appointed to the National Maternity Safety Steering Group in 2016; one of the national experts/reviewers for the Each Baby Counts Initiative

F)  QI, Safety & Large Scale Transformation work led to being appointed to multiple roles nationally.

G) Local /Regional Work on QI / Patient Safety: Led the Transfers of Care domain work for 2 years at Patient Safety Collaborative, Wessex AHSN.   


Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

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