Consultant physician Dr Steve Evans is stepping up to chair the Medical Specialist Group this month on an interim basis, taking over from consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia Dr Gary Yarwood who has led the MSG since 2017.
Dr Evans (pictured) previously chaired the Medical Specialist Group (MSG) from 2011 to 2017 and one of his priorities over the next 18 months will be to develop a successor from among the group’s 40 partners. He will combine his role as chair with the lead MSG clinician role on the new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) project.
Originally from South Wales, Dr Evans trained in Bristol and Birmingham and worked in hospitals in the UK, Jersey and New Zealand before joining the MSG in 2002. As a general physician with a special interest in elderly care he has been involved in developing the local geriatric service since then, particularly services for patients who have had a stroke.
Outside work he coaches the Guernsey Raiders Ladies’ rugby team.
Dr Evans said: “I would like to pay tribute to the way that Gary has led the MSG over the past six years, including through the challenges of the Covid pandemic. I’m looking forward to my second stint as MSG chair, leading a great team who are committed to the highest standards of expert, compassionate healthcare.”
Dr Yarwood added: “It has been a real honour to lead such a dedicated and talented group of consultants during these unprecedented times. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together, meeting the unparalleled emergency demands of the pandemic while maintaining elective services to an exemplary level by comparison with the UK.
“We’ve steadfastly put the needs of the patient first, have strengthened our partnership working with the HSC and are investing in the long term to meet the growing demographic patient demands.
“Steve has significant experience as a clinical leader and it is reassuring to know that the MSG will be in safe hands.”