A profile of Dr Levy's career and work.
Dr Levy graduated from St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London in 1978 and trained in the Southeast. His specialist cardiology training was furthered at University College, The Middlesex, The National Heart and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals. In 1989 he moved to Manchester as Senior Registrar at Wythenshawe (UHSM) and was appointed as a Consultant in 1993.
Dr Levy was Clinical Director of Cardiology from 2001 to 2006. As Project Board Lead Clinician, he wrote the business case for the major cardiac development at UHSM that opened in 2008.
He drafted the outline for the formation of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cardiac Network, its management structure and the plan to reconfigure cardiac services. He was the lead clinician for the Network with responsibility for service improvement and subsequently the 18-week programme. Dr Levy was a clinical lead for seven years starting with the Coronary Heart Disease Partnership then the Collaborative prior to the formation of networks and contributed to the improvement of health care for patients with heart disease and was responsible for the "spread of best practice" across the Network.
From 2002 to 2009, he was National Clinical Lead for the Heart Improvement Programme with specific responsibility for redesign of the management of angina, percutaneous intervention and inter-hospital transfers. The re-design and audit of inter-hospital transfers was the largest study of its kind undertaken within the NHS. More recently, he became the National Lead for 18 weeks.
Dr Levy was a member of the Department of Health Clinical Advisory Group for 18 weeks and lead on the development of three national cardiac pathways – chest pain, atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure.
In 2007 he was seconded to join the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement programme as a clinical lead for “Delivering Quality and Value” focusing on Heart Failure. Listen to a podcast on heart failure by Dr Levy.
Dr Levy was a finalist in the British Cardiac Society's Young Investigator Prize and has maintained a research interest in coronary artery disease, new treatments for aortic stenosis and service improvement. In 2009 he became a Clinical advisor to the Department of Health for elective care and a Fellow of the Improvement Faculty for patient safety and quality improvement.
In January 2013, he was appointed as Medical Director for Scheduled Care at Wythenshawe Hospital (UHSM).
Dr Richard Levy is married with a son and two daughters. He enjoys playing tennis, skiing, motoring and bridge.