Kate Davies, OBE, is NHS England’s Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning.
As such she oversees three areas of direct commissioning services across England for healthcare for serving personnel and their families and veterans’ mental health and prosthetics; sexual assault referral centres (SARCs); health and justice healthcare services in prisons, secure children’s homes and training centres, immigration removal centres; and the development of the national liaison and diversion programme and street triage.
This national role is to assure quality, consistent and sustained services with a strong focus on health inequalities and outcomes for patients and their families.
Kate has developed and led the national partnership agreement between the Ministry of Defence for Armed Forces commissioning, Ministry of Justice for prisons and children and secure settings and the Home Office for immigration removal centres.
Previously, Kate was the Executive Lead for Prison, Detainee and SARCs Healthcare Commissioning for East Midlands and led the healthcare commissioning for prison and offender health.
From December 1995 to May 2009, Kate was the Strategic Director of the award winning Nottinghamshire County Drug and Alcohol Action Team, co-ordinating and delivering the government’s national drug strategy.
From 2003 to 2010, Kate was also seconded to the University of Central Lancashire, International School for Communities Rights and Inclusion as Director of Black and Ethnic Minority Community Engagement, focussing on the health and social care of diverse groups who experience discrimination and/or disadvantage and directing the national community engagement programme.
Kate has been a Non-Executive Director on the National Treatment Agency Board in England between 2000 and 2013. She was also a member of the government’s Independent Board for the Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Patel Review, which implemented the substance treatment service and strategy and delivery across England and acted as an Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments for the government Public Appointments Commission.
Kate worked in the probation service and was a qualified Probation Officer from 1986 to 1995, before joining the NHS. She was awarded an OBE in 2009, for services for ‘work with disadvantaged people’.