Clinical Team

Dr Stephen Drotske – Medical Director

Dr Stephen Drotske completed a Master Degree in Family Medicine, which certified a place as a GP in Queenstown, South Africa. He practised as a rural multi-skilled GP for 11 years, thoroughly enjoying working in anaesthesia, ENT and a wide range of surgical procedures.

In 2007, Stephen undertook a new challenge, relocating to the UK to become the Medical Director for NES.

Over the next few years Stephen developed the NES Training and Assessment Programme, a course of theoretical and practical clinical assessments, incorporating training on both adult and paediatric Advanced Life Support.

Stephen has pioneered the Medical English screening and assessment for doctors from outside the UK. He is also an active member of the UK Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, the MPS Educational Faculty and is a member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Stephen is the Responsible Officer for NES Healthcare UK.

Dr Anneke Blaauw - Clinical Manager & Appraisal Lead

Dr Anneke Blaauw graduated with an MBChB from the University of Orange Free State, South Africa in 2000. During her Internship and Community Service she gained significant experience in rural medicine whilst working in Kwa-Zulu Natal. She then came to the UK in 2003 and began working with NES in 2003. Anneke proved herself to be an excellent doctor and was hugely valued by the staff and management at her longstanding hospital placement.

Anneke became part of the NES training team in 2010 and has achieved UK Resuscitation Council (UKRC) Instructor status. She has also become a Medical and Course Director for the UKRC. In addition to this Anneke has used her extensive experience as an NES doctor to instruct on NES’ Practical Assessments and Aseptic Non-Touch (ANTT) courses.

Anneke’s greatest achievement has been in the development of NES’ Appraisal system. Since becoming an Appraiser in 2012 she has achieved the status of Appraisal Lead, which is a vital function enabling her to support the team of Appraisers and establish clear and effective processes for her clinical colleagues. It is through Anneke’s work that we are able to offer NES doctors a thorough Appraisal process and a clear path to Revalidation for our doctors.

Nick Thompson - Resuscitation Lead

Before joining NES in March 2018, Nick worked extensively as an anaesthetic practitioner and resuscitation officer in both the UK and abroad. He is passionate about his clinical work and his teaching and aims to offer high quality patient care whilst also ensuring our doctors provide the same to both our patients and hospitals.

Nick is an instructor in both Adult and Paediatric Advanced Life Support (ALS & EPLS), as well as on the Generic Instructor Course. In his role with NES he also supports our Medical Director and the Operations team by providing clinical input and support as required. In his spare time he is an instructor with the Sea Cadets.