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Professor Bernard Clarke

Consultant Cardiologist

Job Title

Consultant Cardiologist and MFT Group Associate Medical Director

Acting Joint Group Chief Medical Officer from 1st June 2024

Site(s) based at

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Contact details

Personal assistant:Tracey leeson

Telephone: 0161 276 4143

Subspecialty Areas of Practice

Maternal Heart Disease
Aviation Medicine

Congenital Heart Disease
Inherited Cardiac Conditions

Current Membership of Professional Regional and National Bodies

British Cardiovascular Society

UK Maternal Cardiology Society

Heart Rhythm UK
British Medical Pilots Association

Training and Education

I hold BSc (hons) MB ChB MD (distinction) MRCP (UK) FRCP (London and Edinburgh) FESC FACC FRCOG (hon) and FRAeS qualifications.

Languages spoken



I graduated from Sheffield University Medical School along with a special honours BSc degree in Human Biology and Anatomy .My postgraduate training was in Manchester initially , then at University and Imperial Colleges London. I was awarded my MD with distinction in 1989 for my research as a Registrar at the Royal Brompton Hospital. and Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology the National Heart and Lung Institute. In 1988. I became the first Senior Registrar in Paediatric and Adult cardiology at Wessex Tertiary Cardiothoracic Centre, Southampton.
In 1991 I became Consultant Cardiologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary. My clinical work encompassed, and still does, all aspects of cardiology including pacing, arrhythmias, structural and congenital heart disease. I have subspecialised even further over the last 20 years and I lead the maternal and women’s cardiology service for the North West, based with colleagues in St Mary’s Hospital Manchester . I also deliver the training for this subject as part of the European Society of Human Genetics teaching module and am one of the 4 Cardiology assessors for the national (MBBRACE-UK) confidential maternity enquiry. I was awarded honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for this work in 2013.

As a qualified instrument rated pilot I have a particular expertise in aviation cardiology ; I work closely with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and have been a member of the UKCAA Medical Advisory panel. I was made a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical. Society for this work.

In 2010 I was appointed to the post of Manchester Academic Health Science Chair in Clinical Cardiology at Manchester University. I have held the post of Group Associate Medical Director at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2015. I I was previously an assessor for CQC and am a performance assessor for the GMC. I had previously been training programme director for NW cardiology trainees.