About us

CAILTEC is a collaboration between the Depts of Emergency Medicine and Research & Innovation at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK, supported by a range of partners in industry and academia.


We have a vision to create a leading edge med-tech centre of excellence focused on developing AI strategies that will enhance decision support as well as using the best blended learning solutions for training and education in emergency care.


Our mission is to finds ways to help clinicians to improve the quality of care for emergency care patients in the first few hours during their time of greatest need.


Our guiding principles are to harness the talents of a wide range of stakeholders through innovation, equity of access and diversity.

Dr Taj Hassan
Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Director of CAILTEC

Dr Taj Hassan is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Past President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (2016 – 2019). He is the present Chair of the Leeds Emergency Medicine Research Group and Director of C-AI-LT-EC.

Internationally, he has been involved in running leadership training programmes for the International Federation of EM (IFEM) as well as having led in devising and being the Co-Lead on the RCEM EMLeaders programme. He is Chair for Europe on the Board of the IFEM (2016 to date) as well as Chair of the International Faculty of the Pakistan Society of EM. His research interests and passions include the role of technology in decision support, education and leadership development of emergency physicians.

In his family time, he battles with the rigors and complexities of maintaining sanity in the tumultuous environment of 3 children, 2 dogs and a very patient wife!

Dr Chris McKee’s role as the Business Development and Innovation Manager based in Leeds is to support the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT) in Research and Innovation, support both Leeds NIHR Medtech In Vitro Diagnostic Cooperatives, and support the University of Leeds to identify and engage with innovative medical/health technologies for future collaborations and NHS evaluations in areas of unmet clinical needs.

Further to this he also works closely with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network supporting their interests at a national level. This role involves engaging small to medium enterprises and larger corporates both nationally and internationally in order to establish future relationships and collaborations based in the Leeds City Region and wider AHSN networks working towards the joint benefit of industry partners, academics and the LTHT.

Dr McKee will be providing support to the CAILTEC programme bringing all the aforementioned networks to the table of opportunities that are available when working with CAILTEC.

Chris McKee
Chris McKee
Business Development and Innovation Manager, (Leeds Teaching Hospitals); Visiting Research Fellow (University of Leeds)
Timon Nyakudya
CAILTEC Programme Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Timon Nyakudya is a Business and Information Technology Consultant with extensive experience in both the public and private sector, covering Project Management, Business Analysis and Web Design & Development roles. He is currently the Programme Manager for CAILTEC.

An avid reader, with a passion for technology and helping people, he is constantly trying to bring solutions to the table regarding how advancing technology can be implemented for the betterment of not just hospital patients life, but humanity as a whole.

Outside the work environment, he can be found in the gym, tennis or basketball courts, trudging in the woodlands with a backpack full of photography gear, or simply sat with feet up, South African jazz music and a paperback. He is quite the Formula 1 fanatic too.

Chris is an experienced Business Development and Innovation professional with a focus on the translation and commercialisation of innovative biomedical research. He has worked in a variety of positions within the medical device and advanced (cell and gene) therapy sectors with a focus on the development of translational R&D programmes led by clinicians, academics and SME’s. Chris has a strong belief in open innovation and collaboration to develop solutions to problems and in developing business and reimbursement strategies in parallel with strong scientific proof-of-concept data at an early stage to facilitate the development of investable propositions.  In his career to date he has helped to create and transact a wide range of collaborative R&D programmes with a total value in excess of £60m.
As Director of Operations for Research and Innovation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Chris oversees the strategic development and operational management of Research across one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK, ensuring research teams within the organisation have access to support to develop research programmes and proactively supporting the development of partnerships with industry.
Chris Herbert
Director of Operations, Research and Innovation, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Kiran Chana
Clinical Trials Assistant Emergency Medicine
Hi, I’m Kiran, the Clinical Trials Assistant for the A&E department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. I have been working in healthcare research for over two years now and very much enjoy being a part of innovative and potentially life-changing clinical trials and studies! In my spare time, I enjoy baking (as well as eating) sweet treats and trying to enhance my amateur photography skills

Hi, I’m Christian, one of the Emergency Medicine Junior Clinical Fellows working in Leeds, having just completed my Foundation Training in Leeds and Harrogate.

Outside of work, I’m trying to fall in love with running, cycling and swimming, having been signed up by friends for a half-ironman triathlon in Summer 2021, having never swum 1.9km in open-water, nor cycled 90km!

When I’m ready to leave F3, F4… (and whatever else follows behind!) I’ll be applying to ACCS, most likely in Yorkshire.

Christian Dunnett
Emergency Medicine Junior Clinical Fellow, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Mohit Arora
Mohit Arora
Emergency Medicine Consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

I am passionate about point of care ultrasound and am the regional lead for EM ultrasound training in Y&H. I am a member of the ultrasound sub-committee in EuSEM.

Besides I have special interest in Leadership development and am a part of the Faculty for the Emergency Medicine Leaders project in Y&H.

I have worked with range of healthcare professionals to deliver good quality education and training. Am an FRCEM examiner and also an EBEEM examiner.

Life away from work revolves around my daughter and wife who is a Paediatrician. During my free time I enjoy painting and gardening (UK weather permitting).

Dr Alice Downes has been a  Paediatric Emergency Medicine consultant at Leeds since 2008. She has a paediatric medical background and is the departmental lead for safeguarding in the under 18’s.

Alice has been a member of PERUKI (Paediatric Emergency Research in UK and Ireland) since it was established and has established Leeds as a successful research site. We have recently been involved in the national studies Eclipse and CAP-IT and successfully recruited patients.

Alice is a member of the Leeds Emergency research group and cites her interest as Clinical research. Last year she gave a well received talk at the RCPCH conference about the importance of general paediatricians participating in children’s research.

In her spare time Alice enjoys the outdoors with her family and dog.

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Alice Downes
Paediatric Emergency Medicine consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Najeeb Rahman
Najeeb Rahman
Emergency Medicine Consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Dr Najeeb Rahman studied, trained and worked in the UK, obtaining his primary medical degree from the University of Leeds.

He holds a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, a Masters in Public Health, and has a special interest in global emergency medicine and humanitarian assistance.

He currently works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Leeds, and is additionally a Trustee of Doctors Worldwide, a UK-based international medical charity. He is additionally a member of the Royal College’s Global Emergency Medicine Committee as well as the Emergency Medicine and Public Health Special Interest Group.

Husnain is currently a locum consultant in EM at Leeds. He completed his medical degree in Pakistan and then entered into Foundation Training in the West Midlands. His EM training had been across East and West Yorkshire.

He has interests in quality improvement, ultrasound and research.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, practicing archery and contemplating the deeper realities of life.

Husnain Ali
Emergency Medicine consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Gilbert Purushothaman
Emergency Medicine Consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

I am an Emergency Department Consultant working in a Major Trauma Centre. I did my under graduation and ENT Post-graduation in India. I have 14 years of Emergency Medicine experience with last two years as Consultant.

I have currently taken on the role of Lead Clinician in Leeds General Infirmary. My special interest areas are Point of care ultrasound, Teaching and VR technology. I am working towards Msc degree in Medical Ultrasound.

Teaching is my passion and I teach in Ultrasound, ALS and ATLS courses. My interest in using VR technology in clinical pathways has made me join CAILTEC.

I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for last 8 years and Clinical Lead for SJH ED for the past year.

I am one of the Foundation Year Training Programme Directors within the Trust.

My passion is to deliver a high quality of care to our patients and provide excellent training opportunities to our juniors.

Anin Dasgupta
Emergency Medicine consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Dafydd Hammond-Jones
Dafydd Hammond-Jones
Emergency Medicine Consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Dr Dafydd Hammond-Jones is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is currently a Foundation Training Programme Director and has previously been a Lead Clinician.

He has an interest in leadership and leadership development since doing a post graduate certificate in healthcare leadership and being awarded the NHS Leadership Academy Mary Seacole Programme in 2015 and has presented on leadership internationally. He is West Yorkshire school lead for RCEM EMLeaders and also co-designed and is faculty for pan-speciality deanery leadership courses. He has a passion for education particularly simulation and human factors. He also has an interest in mental health and is currently Co-applicant and sits on Programme Management Group for Multi-centre trial on self-harm.

Most of his free time is taken up with joys and tribulations of having 3 young children but when he gets chance he likes a long walk or a short run.

Dr Sundararaj Manou is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Training Program Director for Higher specialist Trainees in Emergency Medicine.  Passionate about education and supporting trainees in achieving their goals.  

Is a keen innovator- has set up Trust Innovation group to support development of medical devices.

As RCEM Yorkshire and Humber Regional Chair actively involved in supporting of systems and Clinicians during the Pandemic.   

He has helped in collaboratively deliver the first Emergency Medicine Foundation program in two Asian countries.  

Keen Photographer and a cricket and F1 fan. 

Sundararaj Manou
Emergency Medicine consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Andy Webster
Emergency Medicine Consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Andy has been a Consultant in Emergency Medicine since 2006, working in Leeds since 2011. He has had a wide and varied career and taken on several roles, including lead clinician for Emergency Medicine and educational lead for the School of Emergency Medicine. For the last three years he has been a member of the Chief Clinical Information Officer team in Leeds Teaching Hospitals, helping to deliver the trusts digital strategy.

His other interests and responsibility include medical recruitment, e-rostering,  and same day emergency care. Outside of work prior to COVID he could regularly be seen at Anfield watching the Reds play, and despite his short stature runs many miles each year on the roads and fells of Yorkshire.

I am a recently appointed Emergency Medicine consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. I studied medicine at Nottingham University, and trained in Emergency Medicine in Yorkshire. I am trained in pre-hospital emergency medicine and also work for Great North Air Ambulance.

Outside of work I have a keen interest in the outdoors, spending time walking with my family, reading, sailing, and playing the piano.

I hope to help CAILTEC develop resources, in terms of both teaching and guideline creation, to encourage standardisation of practice alongside improvement in efficiency and quality of care that we are able to offer Leeds

Ian Bullock
Ian Bullock
Emergency Medicine consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
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Fraser Arnott
Emergency Medicine Junior Clinical Fellow at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
I am one of the Junior Clinical Fellows based in Emergency Medicine in Leeds. 
Having lived and worked in Scotland my whole life, I moved down to the sunnier climes of Yorkshire last year and have spent the last 18 months working in A&E. I’m hoping to be involved in developing clinical pathways that will improve management of patients in the ED. 
My main passion outside of work is sport, and since moving down here I have taken up fell running and cycling in an attempt to secure honorary Yorkshireman status.

My name is Chris and I’m a junior clinical fellow at LTHT. I enjoy working in ED because of the variety of patients and pathologies I see daily and also because of the strong team bond felt between all members of staff in ED. I am applying for an ACCS EM to continue and further my career in ED.

When i’m not at work i’ll probably be reading, cycling, in the gym, at a gig or in the countryside

Christopher Clements
Emergency Medicine Junior Clinical Fellow at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Gavyn Chalmers
Emergency Medicine Junior Clinical Fellow at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Originally from the West coast of Scotland, I’ve ventured South of the border and currently call Leeds home. I graduated from Glasgow University in 2018 with an MbCHb and a BSc in sports medicine. I’m working within the LTHT emergency departments and hope to pursue emergency medicine as a career (hopefully with sports medicine as a side project).

When I’m not working you can usually find me running around the hills in Yorkshire (often in some outrageously short shorts). My running claim to fame is racing as a two-man pantomime camel in a 10km on the Isle of Man. If you’re looking for a running buddy, let me know!