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Dr. Jo Mower

Clinical Director, Urgent and Emergency Care Programme

National Collaborative Commissioning Unit

About Me

Clinical Director, Urgent and Emergency Care Programme

Dr Jo Mower was appointed Clinical Director for the National Program for Urgent & Emergency care in 2018. Graduating from the University Wales College of Medicine in 1995 before commencing training in Emergency Medicine, Jo has worked in the NHS in Wales ever since.

After completing specialist training in Emergency Medicine in 2004 she was initially appointed as a consultant in Neville Hall hospital before moving to the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) as the first female consultant in EM in 2005. She was later appointed as Clinical Lead before becoming Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine in UHW in 2012 before stepping up into her national role.

The two key areas of interest throughout her career have focused on leadership and reducing clinical risks by delivering improvements in healthcare by working in partnership with a range of healthcare providers within Health Boards, across Health boards and beyond.


Some of the key highlights of Jo’s work include:

  • Vice Chair 2016 and then Vice President for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Wales 2018-2020. She campaigned to raise the profile of the specialty within Wales by sharing the key challenges faced by emergency medicine with key stakeholders including WG, HEIW. This includes tackling the issues associated with crowding, reducing risks and creating a sustainable multidisciplinary workforce to improve staff experience as well as well as patient outcomes in EM.
  • Collaborative working with Cardiff University, the Deanery and Health board to appointing the first Professor in Emergency Medicine in Cardiff 2015 and subsequently the first academic trainee for EM in Wales. This led to the introduction of the intercalated BSC in Emergency Medicine across Wales 2017.
  • Clinically supporting the introduction of the Alcohol Treatment Centre into Cardiff 2012.
  • Extending the South Wales Program to include the development of a Major Trauma Centre for South Wales Jo co-chair the Clinical Reference Group 2012-2016.
  • Delivery of a major ED rebuild in time for the NATO Conference 2014.
  • President of Cardiff Medical Society 2017 -2018 celebrating 50 years of Emergency Medicine by hosting a series of talks themed “Celebration & Innovation” for Consultants, GP's and medical students.
  • Numerous events including hosting the first RCEM Membership exam in Wales 2008, RCEM CPD event 2014, Welsh International Symposium for Emergency Medicine 2016.

Since joining the national program she has clinically led the development of the Emergency Department Quality & Delivery Framework (EDQDF) and is now developing this work with the integration of access to urgent & emergency care using the Welsh Access Model and it’s integration with Same Day Emergency care, Intermediate Care, 24/7 Unscheduled Primary Care.

Key Projects

  • National program Urgent & Emergency Care
  • Welsh Access Model
  • Emergency Department Quality & Delivery Framework
  • Supporting national enabling work streams e.g. NHS Benchmarking projects, patient experience, staff experience
  • WEDS/Symphony
  • Community Respiratory Pathways
  • National Clinical Leaders Group