Who Is Maurice Hawthorne?

Maurice Hawthorne

As a Consultant ENT surgeon, Maurice Hawthorne has worked consistently to provide patient-focused care to a high standard. By embracing the principles of evidence-based practice, he considers all the facts, and reaches an independent view based on his knowledge as a practitioner when instructed as a medico legal expert.

Whilst Maurice’s skills in Court as an expert witness are reliable and persuasive, it is the ‘hands on’ experience which he has gained as a leader and manager that can play a crucial role in improving the quality and safety of patient care.

As a committed teacher and trainer, Maurice has helped many clinicians achieve their full potential whilst supporting those who may find their path more challenging.

Clinician’s health and wellbeing is critical to the quality of care they provide. Good working relationships are fundamental in this regard.  As an experienced leader and manager, Maurice has the skills to turn a toxic work place environment into one which is supportive and productive maximising the delivery of good patient care.

Mr Hawthorne has been an active participant in clinical governance initiatives contributing to the improvement of NHS and other services.  Through his work with government, professional and regulatory bodies, he has provided advice to policy makers in healthcare, both nationally and internationally.

‘Maurice Hawthorne has been there and most definitely has got the t-shirt’

Click on the boxes below to see the past positions held by Maurice

Leadership & Management

Clinical Lead Dystonia Service

Director of the North East of England Cochlear Implant Programme

Adult Heart Transplant Services Review – Chairman of this DoH review.

Author of a review of ENT service of the Malaysian Goverment funded by the world bank.

Review of ENT services for a North West PCT

Review of Diabetic Foot services for a London PCT

Head of Department University Hospital, Limerick

Responsible Officer

Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Education & Training

Deanery Advisor in Surgery, Northern Deanery

Director of Education for ENT:UK

Chairman of the Diploma in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Deputy Regional Representative to the British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons

Member of the Joint Committee of Intercollegiate Examination

External Examiner for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, United Arab Boards and south Valley University

Visiting Proffesor, University of Pretoria

Regulation & Performance management

Team Leader in Performance Assessment for the GMC

Professional Support to Surgeons (Regional) North East for the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Senior Medical Member of The Appeals Service

Member of the Patient Safety Committee Royal College of Surgeons of England

Examiner for PLAB, The General Medical Council

Team Leader for Performance Assessment for the GMC undertaking both in and out of speciality performance assessments, including assessments of a plastic surgeon, a breast surgeon, a bariatric surgeon and colorectal surgeon and several ENT surgeons.

Internal investigation of a poorly performing orthopaedic surgeon for an East Anglian Trust..

Investigation of an unusually high death rate in nursing homes within a PCT catchment in the West Country



Caldicott Guardian of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Chairman of the Intercollegiate Information Governance Group and Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England        

Member of the Evaluation Committee of Cochlear Implantation for the Department of Health

Member of the Revalidation Implementation Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Investigation of QOF fraud in a South London GP practice

Review of five GP practices that had received contract breach notices

Quality Assurance Member of the Department of Health E-Learning Programme ENT      

Member of Council, The Hearing Aid Council           

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