A passion for technology & innovation
Ultramed Ltd was established by Dr Paul Upton and Alan Sanders in mid 2014 after a chance meeting on a return business flight. Following correspondence and discussions identifying current inefficiencies in the healthcare system, they decided to take matters into their own hands and Ultramed was born. Their first project was the development of MyPreOp, building on Paul’s long standing interest in preoperative assessment having been on the NICE working group in 2002 that established the preoperative investigation guidelines.
Dr Paul Upton Co Founder/ Director
Dr Paul Upton is a former NHS anaesthetist and Medical Director at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Cornwall. He has worked part time clinically for the last 12 years. Initially this was supporting the development of the Peninsula Medical School, including leading on the development of the year 5 curriculum.
Following this he moved into a medical leadership role becoming Medical Director for 4 years 2009 - 2013. This included holding Board level responsibility for clinical governance in the organisation. During that period the Trust moved from “heading for corporate failure” to having a Board to Board meeting with Monitor in its Foundation Trust application journey.
Paul then moved in 2013 into the role of Director of Transformation, building particularly on his interest in health informatics. In this role he won the EHI 2014 Clinical Informatics Leadership award by the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer’s network. He is also the Managing Director of BusinessDoc Ltd, a health consultancy company which he founded in March 2014.
Alan Sanders Co-Founder/ Director
Alan Sanders, owner of high-end digital production studio Sanders Studios®, has been company director since 2003. With dual studios in the UK, Sanders Shiers has built up a strong reputation and currently enjoys working for clients the world over.
Sanders Studios client list includes prestigious brands such as LG, Phillips, Virgin, The Financial Times and Aerion, Partner of Airbus, creator of the world’s first supersonic private Jet. The studio has also received industry awards including best CGI at the International Mundos Digitales event in Spain, a Creative Circle award for an add campaign run in Germany and shortlisted at Cannes Lion international advertising awards.
In addition to possessing a strong business acumen Alan is Ultramed’s principal creative/ design director.
Dr Nick Michell MyEndo® Clinical Lead
Dr Nick Michell is a practicing consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Nick studied medicine at Birmingham University and trained in the West Midlands region before being appointed as a consultant at Heartlands Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham. He was awarded MRC funding for an intercalated degree in biochemistry, The Sheldon research Award for his MD thesis and was clinical lecturer at Birmingham University 1998-2000. During his early consultant career, additional roles focused on education and training including chairing the West Midlands gastroenterology SpR Training program. Subsequently he moved into clinical managerial roles as Clinical Director for medicine and local MDT lead for upper GI cancer.
On moving to the Royal Cornwall hospital he consolidated his managerial roles as specialty lead, governance lead, divisional director and deputy Medical director. He has completed the NHS Top Leaders program and has supported nation cancer peer reviews, JCHMT educational external assessments, external service reviews and NCEPOD.
Mr Mike Newman Clinical Safety Officer
Dr Mike Newman is a clinician who recently secured a post as an orthopaedic trainee. Mike has always had a passion for healthcare technology and this led him to work for Assura Medical prior to his medical training. During this time he was responsible for creating a centralised SharePoint site for the collection of business sensitive information from satellite offices. He was also a key individual in the completion of the ISO27001 information security certification, and a member of the Information Security Committee.
In 2014, alongside his clinical work, Mike completed a Masters in Medical Physics with his thesis concentrating on the use of computerised tomography (CT) image reconstruction algorithms to promote radiation dose reduction and improvement of patient safety.
Dr Kawshala Peiris MyPreOp®Kids Clinical Lead
Kawshala is a consultant paediatric anaesthetist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. She graduated from the University of Leicester, completed her anaesthesia training in the East Midlands, and undertook an advanced paediatric anaesthesia fellowship at British Colombia Children’s hospital in Vancouver before being appointed in Leicester in 2010.
She is passionate about pre-op assessment and had previously spent a great deal of time looking for solutions. Kawshala has led the streamlining of pre-op assessment for the children’s hospital in Leicester. She enjoys being innovative and has a keen eye for developing things. Having seen MyPreOp and realising its potential she then has led the development of MyPreOp Kids working with the Ultramed team.
In her spare time she loves cake decorating and has become the official cake maker for her friend’s and family events, including weddings.
Gill Pipkin Implementation Lead
Gill started her career in the hospitality industry working her way up to be a senior manager and business owner. As such she has had to deal with implementing and managing change in order to respond to customer demands.
In 2009, she moved to the NHS where she has further enhanced her skills in project management, working with groups of staff to implement new practices to ensure systems remain compliant and improve efficiency. Gill loves problem solving, finding innovative solutions to issues as they arise and working with the teams who will be affected to ensure they are fully supportive of new initiatives. She has extensive experience in working with senior clinical and managerial staff to improve patient care processes.
Rob Misselbrook Financial Director
Rob Misselbrook is the owner and founder of Mylor Ventures Ltd, a venture capital company based in the South West. Following a short career in the Army as a helicopter pilot, Rob was in a number of venture capital roles in the City for over eight years. He has been involved in a number of successful start-ups and MBOs, and remains a Non-Executive director of BPD Ltd, Audiology Online, and ReACT Ltd amongst others. Rob founded Mylor Ventures in 2013 and since then it has established a track record in the medical sector, particularly e-health. Rob advises the company on its capital raising strategy and other financial matters. Rob is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Anne Davidson Chief Operations Officer
Anne qualified in Nottingham in 1985 as a Physiotherapist. She worked for the NHS for a total of twenty one years; her sixteen years as a clinical therapist culminated in working as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Respiratory and ITU.
Anne then became the Therapy Manager for acute Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services in Cornwall for two years, followed by three years in Clinical and Corporate Governance.
Anne gained a 1st Class BSc Honours degree in Health and Social Care Management and in 2006 became the NHS Liaison Manager with the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (Plymouth University and University of Exeter), and subsequently the University of Exeter Medical School. Anne has had extensive experience of managing and leading on projects and work streams involving many different internal and external NHS, university and independent partners.
Hannah Mitchell Operations Lead
Hannah has joined the Ultramed team as our Operations Lead. Originally, Hannah trained as a Biomedical Scientist, working in clinical microbiology and haematology before moving into publishing.
In this sector, Hannah worked for one of the largest scientific, technical and medical publishers and the founder of the open access publishing model. In her roles she was particularly focused on operations, quality and process improvement.
At Ultramed, Hannah is combining her healthcare background and scientific understanding with honed project management skills. One of Ultramed’s most proactive employees, she excels in leading projects and particularly enjoys designing and streamlining workflows.
Ellen Romaine Design and Marketing Lead
Ellen graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter in 2014, and went on to study a Masters in Illustration at Falmouth University before joining Ultramed as the Design and Marketing lead in 2016. She has previously held positions in sales, content and digital marketing, as well as freelancing as a designer for clients such as the Royal Cornwall Museum, UCL and the University of Exeter respectively.
Ellen’s role at Ultramed combines her disparate skills in copywriting, marketing and design where she works as part of a growing team to establish and expand the company’s image.
Adam Allen-Foord Systems Developer
Adam is the software/ systems development manager for Ultramed
He specialises in problem solving and interfacing. With an eagle eye for detail Adam is constantly refining Ultramed's suite of products and optimising system processes.
Adam has extensive technical experience in digital communication/ interactivity including 10 years streamlining & managing large scale output for printers.