Twitter Handle: @clarelyonscoll1
Patient/Carer or NHS Staff: NHS staff
Condition or job title: Head of Mental Health Policy
Place of treatment/care or workplace: NHS Improvement and NHS England
I have worked in the NHS for over 24 years initially as a HCA then as an Occupational Therapist specialising in stroke and head injury and then moving into mental health.
My Mum was a nurse and my Dad a GP so I have been around healthcare all my life.
I grew up in Co. Tipperary in Ireland and moved to London in 1992 for University.
I live in Wandsworth with my husband Peter and children Rebecca (10) and James (6). We have a busy life as an active family and we love Parkrun and all kind of sports.
I love fashion, style, music, good conversation and quiz shows- University Challenge being my favourite.
I spend most of my work life in mental health improvement supporting organisations to redesign sustainable services. I love the mixture of business and health, having completed a business degree and then an MBA at Henley Business School.
I was privileged to lead the development of Valued care in mental health: Improving for excellence on behalf of NHS Improvement and co-produced with nine mental health trusts in England.
I tweet about work, family and good practice across the NHS.