Alex Armstrong

BMedSci (Hons) BMBS MRCS MSc FRCS (Plast)

Alex is an NHS doctor specialising in Plastic Surgery in Oxford. He has a wealth of experience in healthcare regulation and safety. He has a keen eye for identifying workplace risk and developing innovative solutions.

A year at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as the Fellow to Professor Sir Mike Richards, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals gave him unique insight into regulation and the safety requirements in clinical settings. He also worked under Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the then NHS England National Medical Director. Through this experience he inspected various healthcare environments and advised the CQC on the inspection methodology for surgery and cosmetics. Alex acted as CQC representative in national stakeholder work involving NHS England and insurers to better inform inspection. To this day he remains a specialist advisor to the CQC.

Alex is a founding Trustee of the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority and with a team of experts developed the standards for non-surgical cosmetics. These standards were launched in the House of Lords in 2018 and have been endorsed by the main specialist associations in the field. Alex currently sits on British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Professional Standards Committee. With this experience he has advised health ministers at the Department of Health and Social Care of the safety concerns in the cosmetic industry.

Alex’s academic interests lie with regulation, health economics and leadership and he has published over 20 peer reviewed articles. Most recently publishing a service response to COVID-19 in Oxford University Hospitals.