Locality Lead Slough
Dr O’Donnell qualified at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in June 1978 and completed his General Practice training in Portsmouth in 1982.
He worked in tertiary referral medicine in Baghdad, Iraq from 1984 to 1988 followed by a cardiology research post at Wexham Park Hospital (UK) involving the first use of thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction.
This led to a career in the pharmaceutical industry involving novel treatments for ischaemic heart disease. He continued as a GP and was involved in the development of new medicines up to 1998 at which time he returned to full-time general practice in Slough and had a key interest in clinical governance and education in primary care. In 2007 he became the Slough Locality Lead and shortly after in 2008 he became Chairman of the Clinical Executive Committee at Berkshire East PCT.
He was appointed Chair of NHS Slough CCG in 2013, and Slough Locality Lead for NHS East Berkshire CCG in 2018, when three local CCGs merged. In July 2014 he led the first 7-day in-hours GP service provision in England in Slough. He was involved in drawing up initial plans for the NHS Commissioning Assembly, later to become NHS Clinical Commissioners.
He sits on the Frimley ICS Board, is Deputy Chair of the Slough Wellbeing Board, Co-Chair of the Slough Health & Care Partnership Board. He helped to bring about the acquisition of Wexham Park Hospital Foundation Trust by Frimley Park FT in 2014. Key innovations followed in the management of out-of-hospital care in those with multiple co-morbidities using the enhanced Adjusted Clinical Groups tool from Johns Hopkins, found superior to the e-Frailty tool currently available. Key interests include DM2 population management, reducing the incidence of stroke through improving rates of diagnosis of unsuspected AF & HTN, improving stroke care through effective commissioning, prescribing budget & quality performance, improving cancer screening, instituting 100 bullet points for Cancer Care, Self-Care for all, reducing unplanned admissions from Care Homes by 37% per year, integrating out-of-hospital care, commissioning a rapid response palliative care service, reducing deprivation in LSOAs, and enhancing patient/resident activation. He is a Founder Champion for Thames Hospice in Windsor. He actively promotes healthy gradual retirement programmes for GPs, involving gradual reductions in clinical work commitments, with monthly donations of NHS pension proceeds or GP income to health and care based charities locally.