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.
Dr Levy has received a number of 5 star testimonials via iwantgreatcare.org and these are quotes.
“Dr Levy is a caring, listening professional, and I would not hesitate to recommend him! I was quite nervous about my first consultation with him as I usually see one of his colleagues, who is, at present, on compassionate leave, however, I was immediately put at ease. I have nothing further to add as greater care could not have been taken.”
“Dr Levy is always totally professional in his manner, always clearly explains all aspects of the intervention required. I feel reassured and confident in the care I am receiving and would not hesitate to highly recommend him as an excellent Consultant Cardiologist. His personal approach is very pleasant and understanding of my needs.”
“I was referred to Doctor Levy by a Consultant Cardiologist at The Royal Brompton Hospital in London when I retired to West Yorkshire. I had been a private patient at The Royal Brompton for a number of years , with a complex medical history. At my first appointment with Doctor Levy at the BMI Alexandra Hospital, Doctor Levy put me at ease straightaway, talking through my concerns and issues and ensuring follow up. I have now been a patient of Doctor Levy for three years. Doctor Levy has always addressed my cardiological concerns and issues in a personalised way including how they might interact with my other conditions, ensuring that his recommendations are followed up promptly and communicated as necessary to my GP and other Consultants who treat my other conditions. Doctor Levy responds to queries and concerns that I might have in between appointments which is also very reassuring and appreciated. Doctor Levy has an excellent Secretary who is always helpful. I am very glad that I was referred to Doctor Levy and very much appreciate continuing to be under his excellent care.”
“I had an initial consultation with Dr Levy which was a very positive experience. He has a friendly manner and communicated effectively in a clear and concise way without using jargon. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending Dr Levy.”
“Dr Levy has been looking after me for a number of years and he is an excellent doctor and I have no hesitation in recommending him. He has a great manner and takes the time to talk through and explain the various treatment options in a way that's easy to understand. I see Dr Levy on a regular basis once every 3/4 months and he provides the reassurance for me to know that my well being is in good hands.”
“Dr Levy has been monitoring my heart condition, including its pacemaker, for about ten years. I have always felt confident of his professional knowledge and skills and he has communicated well and in language I can understand. He has counselled me well through gradual deterioration owing to age and now that my heart's performance is failing, has recommended the TAVI procedure to improve my lifestyle. I look forward to its operation.”
“My first consultation with Dr Richard Levy was in December 2008 when AF was diagnosed. I have received excellent treatment and care from Dr Levy since that time and visit him annually to monitor my ongoing health. Dr Levy is very professional in all his work and always keen to discuss any health problems I may have. He is very friendly and makes me feel comfortable at his consulting room. Also I must mention Mary Gagon his secretary who provides a very efficient back up service. I cannot think of anything to improve on the first class service provided by Dr Levy.”
“Dr Levy is a highly experienced consultant with extensive and up to date knowledge. As a patient, I have been particularly delighted at the way he seeks to really understand what one is experiencing before exploring a variety of options for treatment. He is very thorough and explains extremely clearly the pros and cons of different options. There is a nice balance of guiding whilst still allowing the individual to make an informed and personal decision.”
“Dr Levy is an experienced consultant who stays fully conversant with current developments in his field. As a patient I have been particularly pleased with his approach of really understanding my situation and concerns before moving on to assessment and diagnosis. He is thorough and takes the time needed to give the very best service to each patient. I have never felt rushed. When it comes to looking at options these are clearly explained, with any pros and cons discussed. He strikes a great balance between professional advice and allowing the individual to make an informed choice on their course of action. My experience of the service provided by Dr Levy is one of a true partnership between patient and doctor.”