Professor Clifford Hughes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinical Excellence Commission, a statutory health corporation established in 2004 to build capacity and design programmes to promote and support improvement in quality and safety for health services across NSW. This appointment follows a 25 year career as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Sydney.
Passionate about patient based care, better incident management, quality improvement programmes and clinical leadership, Professor Hughes is concerned about the lack of communication in the process of discharge planning.
Within his opening address, he will be challenging current perceptions of discharge planning at the 5th Annual Discharge Planning Conference, taking place on the 24th and 25th July at the Novotel Melbourne on Collins.
Professor Hughes has received an Alumni Award from the University of NSW. He has led five medical teams to China and has performed cardiac surgery in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. In 1998, Australia recognised his contribution by making him an Officer in the Order of Australia for “service to cardiac surgery, international relations and the community”.