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Professor Morris Gordon

Professor of evidence synthesis and systematic review, Head of transitions and careers
School of Medicine

Professor Gordon is the head of transitions and careers within the school of medicine. He is the director of the Biomedical Evidence Synthesis and translations to practice (BEST) unit and the co-ordinating editor and lead for the UCLAN Cochrane Gut editorial satellite group. He is an NIHR Cochrane Programme Grant holder. He is the chair of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration executive. He has published 90 peer reviewed papers.

Professor Gordon has a clinical and academic sub-interest in Gastroenterology. He has worked on many Cochrane and none Cochrane systematic reviews on various adult and paediatric topics and led to change in national guidance on areas such as IBD and Chronic Constipation. He has been involved on over 30 cochrane reviews. He is co-ordinating editor for the Cochrane gut group IBD satellite at UCLAN and has worked with many international groups, including the Cochrane developmental psychosocial group, Cochrane Airways and Cochrane infectious diseases. He is the CI for the Cochrane NIHR IBD Programme grant, with an ambitious 3-year programme to produce a portfolio of reviews and leads a team at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston. He is also the deputy editor of the Best Evidence Medical Education Collaborative (BEME) and chair of the BEME executive, leading 20 centres with hundreds of contributors in dozens of countries to produce best evidence in health education topics. He has delivered training and workshops on evidence synthesis and systematic review in over a dozen events to over 200 people in the last 2 years, with 15 completing and publishing systematic reviews already/ Professor Gordon is a consultant Paediatrician working in the North West of the UK. Clinical work includes acute on call and resident Paediatric duties, with neonatal and child protection cover. Additionally, substantial contribution to community and school based neurodisability services on the Fylde coast, including the formation of a neurodisability pathway and complex difficulties panel to ensure national guideline compliance.

Professor Gordon joined UCLAN in 2013. He was part of the core curriculum development team that produced the UCLAN MBBS programme and supervised the initial stages of GMC validation process. He designed the Year programme and then designed and produced the curriculum theme 'Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine' (EIPOM). in 2014-16, he also developed the safety and incident reporting processes for the school, as well as the development of the fitness to practice procedures. In 2014, he bid for UCLAN to found an international collaborating centre for the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) collaboration, a key initiative of the largest medical education organisation in the world, AMEE. He supported the development of BEME, leading on a task and finish group to develop a new governance and funding structure, as well as policies for research and education. In 2016, he took over as chair of the editorial committee until 2019 when he moved to deputy editor, outputting 50% of the reviews produced in the previous 17 years during that 3 year period and achieving a number of reviews in the most cited and most downloaded categories for medical teacher journal. In 2017, he developed the PASREVE course, the only accredited course on health education systematic review. He has delivered PASREVE and related courses to over 100 participants over 3 years. In 2019, he was made chair of the BEME executive. He was reader in 2016 and appointed Professor of Evidence Synthesis and systematic review in 2018. He has delivered workshops and teaching sessions on evidence synthesis and systematic review across the UK and the USA, including University of Michigan, University of Miami and Texas children's hospital. He has delivered workshops to over 300 learners in the last 3 years. Within the school of medicine, he continues to act in a pastoral role as head of transitions and careers, supporting primarily MBBS graduates and students with careers guidance and specific transition information within the UK and abroad. Since 2018, he has also been the school lead for extenuating circumstances, reviewing all requests and determining their suitability for special assessment. Within the Blackpool Victoria Trust, he has been the strategic quality lead since 2016. With a remit focussed on 9 key mortality conditions, he has led an enhancement and transformation programme that has reduced the standardised mortality for sepsis by 50% and moved the trust performance from third from bottom in the country to the top quartile. He reduced the SHMI for fractured neck of femur by 20% and enhanced compliance with national CQUINN targets from 40% to 85%. He has supported the development of a Fylde coast neurodisability pathway. He piloted the pathway within Wyre in 2018 and since this launch, with high satisfaction scores and low waiting times, with this new multiprofessional process pump priming resource to support best outcomes for patients. He was trained in 2018 to complete the ADOS-2 assessment for autism and since then has performed 20 ADOS assessments, all with co-assessment to ensure compliance.