Council

Chair: John Hounsell
Consultant in Acute Medicine, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend

John is usually found sailing offshore or somewhere in the Alps. At other times he might be found either with his three children down in Pembrokeshire or trying to run the acute medical unit in Princess of Wales (POW) Hospital in Bridgend. After starting his acute medicine training in the East of England, he transferred to sunny South Wales in 2012 and the rest as they say, is history. His special interests include medical education and attending as many conferences as possible. He is also the RCP College tutor and Internal Medicine Simulation training lead for POW.


Treasurer: Caz Burford
Consultant in Acute Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

Caz is usually found running around a badminton court or relaxing with a spot of yoga. Having recently completed her dual training in Acute Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine, Caz is hugely excited about developing her future career in both specialties. She is a founding member of WAPS and was delighted when those around her humoured her eye for detail and elected her WAPS Treasurer earlier this year. Caz is passionate about simulation training and was one member of a small faculty who recently travelled to Switzerland to run the first MedicALS course in the country.


Secretary: Madhu Kannan
Acute Medicine Registrar (currently Out of Programme)

Madhu enjoys, in no particular order, knitting, skiing, socialising over gin and running (slowly). Once graduating from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2008, she never felt the need to leave Wales. She completed the ACCS programme in Wrexham and is now coming to the end of her registrar training. Her clinical interests include echocardiography, simulation-based training and unashamedly promoting AIM. Despite loving hospital medicine, she is currently on a year out of programme as a Clinical Leadership Fellow with Health Education and Improvement Wales, being hosted by the GMC in Cardiff.

SAM Wales Representative (co-opted): Chris Hodcroft
Consultant in Acute Medicine, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant


Chris enjoys cycling, badminton, and bacon. Chris trained in acute medicine in Wales and was appointed as a consultant acute physician at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in 2013. His clinical interests include echocardiography, ambulatory care, and venous thromboembolism. He is the current Welsh representative of the Society of Acute Medicine.


STC Representative (co-opted): Tom Cozens
Consultant in Acute Medicine, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

When not being an AIM consultant in the Royal Gwent Hospital, he is usually found outside; whether running, hiking, camping, or just chasing his children around the park. As a general rule, prefers ale to lager, and has yet to find a cheese he won’t eat. Having come through Acute Medicine training in Wales he is proud to now be Training Programme Director, with his main area of focus being around education, recruitment and retention, with half an eye on the new IM curriculum. Tom believes WAPS will become a powerful vehicle for our specialty, and supports driving things forward in the future.


The founding members of the Welsh Acute Physicians’ Society were Caz Burford, Tom Cozens, Owain Crimmins, John Hounsell, Jia Inam, Madhu Kannan and Chris Subbe.