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Meet the Directors

Our Directors support the development and delivery of SSNAP. This includes dataset development and providing clinical advice for SSNAP and clinical commentary for national reports. 



Clinical Director


Professor Martin James
Consultant Stroke Physician at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter, and Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School.


Professor Martin James is Consultant Stroke Physician at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter, and Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School. After training in Southampton, he completed his research in hypertension in the elderly with Professor John Potter and the late Professor John Swales in Leicester. He was appointed as physician in medicine for the elderly in Exeter in 1997, assuming responsibility for the stroke service shortly afterwards. The East Devon Stroke Service was awarded NHS Beacon status in 2000. He is specialty Clinical Lead for Stroke for the South West Clinical Research Network, and his continuing research interests include the physiology and management of blood pressure in the elderly and following acute stroke, and methods for improving the prevention of recurrent stroke. He is Clinical Director of the Stroke Programme at King’s College London.

Associate Clinical Director

Dr Ajay Bhalla
Consultant Stroke Physician at Lead Clinician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London. 
Ajay Bhalla is a Consultant Stroke Physician and Lead Clinician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and is a member of the South London Stroke Register where his contributions centre around health service stroke research. He is currently Specialty Lead for Stroke at the Clinical Research Network in South London. He has previously been chair of the Clinical Standards Committee (2014-2017) at the British Association of Stroke Physicians and contributed to a number of nationally led stroke standards. Ajay was appointed to the Associate Clinical Director Role, SSNAP in July 2019.

Associate Director


Dr Rebecca Fisher
Stroke Association Senior Lecturer at the University of Nottingham.

Dr Rebecca Fisher is Associate Director (Post-Acute) with the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) leading on the development and delivery of the post-acute elements of SSNAP. Rebecca also works nationally as the Rehabilitation and Life After Stroke Workstream lead with oversight of implementation of the NHS Long Term plan. Dr Fisher is a Stroke Association Senior Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Her expertise is in the implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in real world settings. Rebecca’s current research includes investigation of Early Supported Discharge and Community Stroke services across the UK and organisation of hospital-based stroke rehabilitation services.

Associate Director

Mrs Louise Clark
Head of Occupational Therapy and AHP Lead for Stroke, Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust​.


Project Director, SSNAP 
Data Science Project

Dr Andrew Hill
Consultant Stroke Physician / CCIO for  St Helen's and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals.
Dr Andrew Hill has been clinical lead for stroke at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals since 2014. He has an interest in health informatics and in the use of data to drive quality improvement, in particular working with the SSNAP dataset to deliver clinical improvements in stroke care. Since 2019, he has also undertaken the role of Chief Clinical Informatics Officer, and has a particular interest in how we can deliver improvements to stroke care through improving digital maturity in the NHS, and provides clinical informatics insight to the group.

Find us

Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme
Kings College London
Addison House
Guy's Campus


0116 464 9901