Blog authors

Here is a list of authors who have posted blogs on this website, select an author to view their blog posts.

Please note that the opinions expressed in these blogs are the authors’ own views, and not necessarily those of NHS England.

Guest blogs

Occasionally we invite guest bloggers to write posts for NHS England. Those posts are marked as authored by “Guest blogs”.

Caroline Abrahams

Caroline Abrahams is Charity Director at Age UK.

A social scientist and barrister, Caroline has spent her career in the voluntary and public sectors, mostly on children and families’ issues. She has worked in a senior capacity at the children’s charity, Action For Children and at the Local Government Association.

Caroline has also been a policy adviser to Ministers and Shadow Ministers, and a senior civil servant. A former chair of the End Child Poverty campaign, Caroline’s policy interests include integrated health and care, family policy, poverty and the role of the voluntary sector.

Nigel Acheson

Nigel Acheson is Regional Medical Director and Higher Level Responsible Officer for the South Region of NHS England. With a population of 13.4 million, the Region stretches from Cornwall to Kent and includes the cities of Bristol, Oxford and Southampton.

Born in Belfast, Nigel trained in Birmingham and was appointed as a consultant gynaecological oncologist in 2002, moving to the Royal Devon and Exeter (RD&E) Hospital in Exeter to help develop the Gynaecological Cancer Centre there and learn to sail.

From his time as a National Advisor and Clinical Lead to the Department of Health’s Enhanced Recovery Partnership Programme, Nigel actively promotes the involvement of patients as partners in their care. Whilst Medical Director for the Peninsula Cancer Network in the South West of England, Nigel helped to re-establish the patient and public group with the chair and vice-chair becoming members of the network Board.

Sue Adams

Sue Adams is the Chief Executive of Care & Repair England.

Care & Repair England is a national charity established in 1986 to improve the housing and living conditions of older and disabled people. Sue has contributed to successive governments’ policies concerning housing and ageing. She currently chairs the national Housing & Ageing Alliance & the Home Adaptations Consortium and has served on DCLG’s Housing Sounding Board, DWP’s Age Action Alliance and DH’s Ministerial working party on the future of Adult Social Care. She is a fellow of the World Demographic Association and has written extensively about housing and older people. She was awarded the Foundations Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and an OBE for services to older people’s housing in 2010.

Victor Adebowale

Victor Adebowale is currently Chief Executive and company secretary of Turning Point. He is a cross-bench peer and Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute, an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and of Cambridge University Judge Business School.

He is a director of Leadership in Mind and THP Innovate and Chair of youth charity Urban Development. Victor is on the Board of Governors for the London School of Economics, and is President of the International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry.

His previous roles include being the Chief Executive at Centre Point, the youth homelessness charity and membership of the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills.

Follow Victor on Twitter @voa1234

Jacqui Adeniji-Williams

Jacqui Adeniji-Williams first received a piece of equipment from Whizz-Kidz when she was seven years old – ‘a purple sparkly manual chair’. Jacqui has been involved ever since and as she has got older decided to give something back and take on a volunteering role. In doing so, she has gone on to inspire, support and bring fun to the lives of many disabled children and young people.

Jacqui volunteers at her local Ambassador Club, takes part in local and national campaigns and acts as a mentor to young people at Whizz-Kidz Camps.

Susan Aitkenhead

Susan Aitkenhead is Director of Nursing, Professional Development at NHS England.

Susan is a registered nurse with extensive clinical, operational and strategic experience in delivering healthcare across a variety of settings, with previous Director of Nursing roles at board level both within the UK and overseas.

She has also worked in a variety of national policy roles such as at the Department of Health providing advice and support to ministers and policy officials across central government departments, and in professional regulation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Salma Ali

Salma Ali is a Liaison & Diversion Practitioner, specialising in working within people with Intellectual Disability. She has worked in Liaison & Diversion for the past 6 years, and has been integral in the development of a screening and assessment pathway for offenders with Intellectual Disability within the offender care service at the Central & North-West London Foundation Trust, as well as the development of the ‘RAPID’ screening tool.

Dr Amar Ali

Dr Amar Ali Graduated from university of Sheffield in 2005. Completed GP training in 2010 and joined Oakenhurst Medical Practice as a partner. He has a active interest in diabetes research and education. Currently works at the community diabetes service and is the CCG lead for diabetes. He is also working as clinical lead for the Lancashire and South Cumbria NDPP

Yasmin Allen

Yasmin Allen is a dentist who has worked in emergency dental services in a dental hospital environment and within London.

She continues to work within the Emergency dental service and Urgent Dental service.

In her day job she works in Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex as dental programme manager.

Joy Allen

Joy Allen is the Registered Manager at Hemsworth Park Care Home.

Joy manages the care home in Pontefract, with a 93 bed capacity for elderly nursing, residential, and adults up to 65 years of age.

Sarah Amani

Sarah Amani is Senior Programme Manager at the EIP Programme (South of England) and currently seconded to NHS England (South) mental health priority programme. With experience of leading complex programmes spanning multiple organisations to deliver measurable results, her role involves supporting 16 providers and 50 clinical commissioning groups to implement the new national target for psychosis, whilst supporting NHS England managers to assure delivery of robust service development and improvement plans.

Clare Anderson

Clare Anderson is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the CAMHS Crisis and Liaison Team in Durham & Darlington in the North East of England.

She is a paediatric nurse with Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust and helped develop the Crisis & Liaison service from its conception in May 2014. She has been involved in developing national guidelines for emergency care of young people with mental health problems. She has also visited other areas of the country to share the Durham model and help shape newly developing CAMHS crisis services. She has worked in various clinical settings including acute paediatrics and Accident & Emergency before spending the majority of her career in CAMHS.

Tiziana Ansell

Tiziana Ansell is a registered nurse, independent nurse prescriber and Darzi Fellow.

She specialised in continence care in 1999 and has been working in the field since.

Tiziana works for the Health Innovation Network on a two-year project to reduce catheter-associated urinary-tract infections (CAUTIs) in South London. She has 20 years’ clinical and managerial experience working in the UK across community, acute and private sector.

Prior to moving to the UK she also worked in Italy as a volunteer and paramedic in the ambulance service and underwent work experience in Slovenia in neuro-surgery intensive care unit.

Dr Amit Arora

Dr Amit Arora is a Consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital of North Midlands, Stoke on Trent. He has served as Chairman of the England Council of the British Geriatrics Society.

Richard Ashworth

Richard Ashworth has been with NHS England for four years and is a Senior Insight Account Manager in the Insight & Feedback team. He leads work on PROMs and also on other major projects such as the annual NHS Staff Survey.

Alison Austin

Alison Austin is Personalisation and Control Lead in NHS England.

Working in the Patient and Information Directorate, her role focuses on making patient and carer participation in decisions about their care a reality across the NHS. This involves helping to change the relationships between individuals and the health professionals that support them, through shared decision making and support for self-management, personalised care planning and personal health budgets.

Prior to her current role, Alison headed up the Department of Health’s Personal Health Budgets Team – developing the policy and overseeing the pilot programme.

She has worked on health or medical related issues in a number of Government Departments including Department of Health, Medical Devices Agency, Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, and the Treasury.

Alison is a qualified nurse with 13 years’ experience working in the NHS and has a degree in molecular biology and a PhD in molecular biochemistry.

Lesley Bainbridge

Lesley Bainbridge is Lead Nurse at Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group.

Lesley trained as a nurse and midwife in Gateshead in an apprentice style training that she loved. She says she laughed through all the student years while making lifelong friends and importantly being privileged to work alongside, and learn from, nurses and midwives she still regards to be among the best in the business. Since then she has complimented her training with graduations from Northumbria University.

Professionally there are two things that get Lesley out of bed every morning and they are nursing in its fullest sense and the care of older people. She is very much looking forward therefore to progressing all of the clinical components of the Care Home Vanguard programme so as to make a positive contribution towards improving not only the lives of older people and their families; but the working lives of the staff providing the services also.

Dr Berge Balian

Dr Berge Balian has been a full time GP in a large semi-rural practice in Somerset with approximately 11,000 patients for the past 20 years, having completed his medical training at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.

Berge has a career long interest in medical politics and has been a representative of the South Somerset GP practices on the Somerset Local Medical Committee (LMC) for the whole of his GP career – including a period as Chair of the LMC. He has been Associate Medical Director for Primary Care at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2013 and was elected to the role of Chair of the Symphony Programme Board in April 2015.

Angela Barrago

Angela Barrago is the Project Manager for the Spice Time Credit project in Chorley, Lancashire.

Spice develops Time Credit systems that value everyone’s time and are proven to improve outcomes for individuals, organisations and communities. Over 25,000 people have earned Time Credits, and approximately 450,000 Time Credits have been issued across England and Wales.

Spice works with a network of over 1,200 organisations and services across the private, public and voluntary sector in England and Wales.

Jonathan Barrow

Jonathan Barrow started his working life at 13, cleaning the local supermarket at 4.30am every morning.

At 15 Jon faced a no-brainer decision, was he to finish school, or take a job in a Butchers shop? So a Butcher he was to be, well at least for a couple of years then, he says: “I found the cold just too offal.”

By 18 he was married to his best friend’s sister, living on a notorious estate, set to be a father.

With no money, and little to look forward too, he took a job working nights on the Underground.

Over the next 15 years he educated himself, gaining extensive knowledge of signalling and qualifications in management. He spent the last 20 years as an operations manager, dealing with contracts in excess of a million pounds.

In this time he suffered traumatic events – the most devastating being when he lost his mum when aged just 24, and she was only 53. His next traumatic situation came when his soul mate of 30 years, Deb, began the painful, daily battle to cope with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

The method of blotting out the pain Jon had put so much faith into, resulted in him spending two years shut in his bedroom unable to cope or face the world, too frightened to leave the room.

His long journey back took five years. Along the way he gained a degree with the Open University.

Jon now takes care of his wife but, having a real desire to share his coping skills, he started up a new charitable incorporated organisation for anyone with a health condition that feels they could benefit from peer support.

After just five months in operation Jon received the 2015 Volunteering through Adversity Award from Basildon Council.

Juliet Bauer

Juliet Bauer will oversee the transformation of the NHS Choices website and development and delivery of technology that patients and carers can use to practically manage life-long conditions like diabetes and asthma.

Juliet has led delivery of similar technology programmes in many sectors, including leading the move to take Times Newspapers online.

Tracey Bayliss

Tracey Bayliss has worked for nearly 30 years in various admin and clerical roles for two acute NHS trusts in the West Midlands. Currently she works as a Senior Project Manager at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust. As a member of the Service Improvement and Programme Management Team, established to oversee, challenge and support the trust’s transformation workstreams, she is responsible for managing and delivering multiple complex projects; helping to embed use of the trust’s own programme management tools; and providing assurance of delivery to the trust’s Transformation Delivery Group. Tracey recently completed the Improvement FUNdamentals Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and would like to recommend it to others.

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt was appointed as Director of Nursing at Health Education England (HEE) in 2012 and in this role she is responsible for leading national policy, workforce planning, and multi-professional education and training commissioning for the non-medical healthcare workforce. She includes in her remit the role of Deputy Director of Education and Quality.

Key achievements include establishing the Shape of Caring review, development and piloting of pre-degree care experience for aspirant nurses and leading the ‘return to practice’ initiative.

Lisa’s work also includes the creation of a three tiered dementia education and training framework which enabled HEE to achieve one of its Government Mandate requirements demonstrating that 100,000 NHS personnel had received dementia awareness training. Lisa also led the development of the ‘Fundamentals of Care’ certificate for support/care workers across health and social care in England.

Professor Juliet Beal

Juliet is the Director of Nursing: Quality Improvement and Care for NHS England. She is responsible for ensuring that care, compassion and patient experience are at the heart of nursing and midwifery in the healthcare system.

Juliet is responsible for the implementation of ‘Compassion in Practice’ the vision and strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff. Juliet provides clinical and professional leadership for mental health, midwifery, children’s health and leadership for the nursing and midwifery contribution to the five domains of the NHS outcomes framework.

She has over ten years Executive Director of Nursing experience in several acute trusts, and was the Cluster Director of Nursing at NHS Outer North East London. Juliet also has Acting Chief Executive, Director of Operations and Director of People and Organisation Development experience. Juliet was included in last year’s Health Service Journal top 100 clinical leaders.

Juliet’s particular areas of expertise and interest are quality improvement, patient safety and experience, clinical standards and outcomes, complex organisational change, sustainability, leading teams to provide excellent standards of care whilst improving financial and patient care standards.

She has a BSc in Sociology and Social Administration from Southampton University (1982) and an MBA from Henley Management College (2005). Juliet was awarded a visiting professorship by the Faculty of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University in 2011 after holding a joint post with NHS Barking and Dagenham and London South Bank University from 2009. Juliet qualified as a registered General Nurse in 1986 and a Registered Midwife in 1988.

Paula Bee

Paula Bee is Chief Executive of Age UK Wakefield District.

Throughout her career in the health and voluntary sectors Paula has developed a passion for changing the lives of older people, recognising that we all have an important part to play if this is to become a reality.

Training as a physiotherapist involved her in the well-being of older people. Now, as Chief Executive of Age UK Wakefield District and member of the Age England Association Executive Group, she has been fortunate to be at the forefront of local and national changes that have the potential to alter the experience of ageing for us all.

At Age UK Wakefield District, Paula is responsible for ensuring the changing needs of older people are met throughout the district. Integration into the new model of care has brought Age UK some fresh challenges but has significantly improved the service it provides. As a result it is able to place the expertise gained over many decades alongside other health and social care professionals to significantly alter and improve the lives of older people.

Paula also chairs the Wakefield Assembly (the local voluntary and community sector board for voice and influence), and is on the board of Nova (the support agency for voluntary and community groups in Wakefield district). In addition, she is a member of the local Health and Wellbeing Board and part of Wakefield Provider Alliance.

Elizabeth Beech

Elizabeth Beech is a National Project Lead for Healthcare Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at NHS England, and also works as a pharmacist for NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, where she has been based since 2007.

She qualified from Aston University and trained as a junior pharmacist at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington before continuing to work in a variety of roles within the NHS. She has worked as a Regional Clinical Pharmacist with the North Thames Regional Health Authority, as an academic teacher/practitioner and health services researcher at London University, and established an academic research and development support unit in Swindon on behalf of the South West Strategic Health Authority.

Amanda Begley

Dr Amanda Begley is Director of Innovation and Implementation at UCLPartners. She supports work across the organisation by building partnerships and expertise to deliver innovation at scale for patient and population benefit.

Most recently Amanda co-wrote the national guidelines for Clinical Commissioning Groups on their duty to promote innovation, on behalf of NHS England. She also currently works part time as a GSK Fellow, supporting the generation of collaborative solutions between pharma, academia and the NHS to achieve even greater outcomes for patients.

Following an educational psychology PhD, Amanda joined the NHS as an Assistant and Trainee Clinical Psychologist. She has worked as a commissioner and senior manager across primary, community and secondary care, and has led the implementation of policy. Before joining UCLPartners, Amanda worked as Head of Innovation at NHS London.

Dr Ilan Ben-Zion

Ilan is a Clinical Psychologist working at St Pancras Rehabilitation Unit – Inpatient Wards and Hertfordshire Neurological Service – Community team – Outpatients

I feel very privileged to be able to say I love what I do and always have, ever since I started volunteering for ChildLine in 2007. Following this, I’ve had experience working with a wide variety of individuals including children, young people, adults, older adults, military personnel, individuals with learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders and neurological conditions.

Currently, I’m based across two teams, one at St Pancras Rehabilitation Unit, where we support individuals to recover from various difficulties from strokes and brain injuries, to falls and occasionally unknown conditions. In my other post, I work at Hertfordshire Neurological Service where we see individuals as outpatients in order to support them with a variety of neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and strokes.

I am passionate about mental health, as this something we all share and an area where there is real potential to make a positive impact in the world. I hope the #ihavementalhealthcampaign will contribute towards helping people better understand this part of themselves.

Ruth Bender Atik

Ruth Bender Atik qualified as a social worker in 1973 as has worked in both the UK and in Israel. She has been National Director of the Miscarriage Association since 1993.

Professor Jonathan Benger

Professor Jonathan Benger is National Clinical Director for Urgent Care for NHS England.

Jonathan is the Director of the Academic Department of Emergency Care at the University of the West of England, Bristol and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. He also has extensive experience of pre-hospital care, having previously contributed to the establishment of a pre-hospital critical care team for Great Western Ambulance, and does regular clinical work in both the Emergency Department and ambulance service.

Jonathan has led or collaborated on 28 grant-funded research projects with a total value in excess of £8million, and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. His main research interests are the evaluation of new technologies and techniques, service configuration and workforce, emergency airway management, resuscitation and pre-hospital care.

Until May 2013, Jonathan chaired the Clinical Effectiveness Committee of the College of Emergency Medicine, and served on the Council and Executive of the College. He has been closely involved with guideline and policy development in the UK, alongside international initiatives to define and improve the quality and safety of emergency care.

Sam Bennett

Dr Sam Bennett is Head of the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme and the Personal Health Budgets team at NHS England. He is passionate about personalised care and support and has worked on implementing personalised systems in health and social care at local, regional and national levels for over 10 years.

Simon Bennett

Simon Bennett is Deputy Director Quality Framework Team at NHS England

Simon works across the clinical directorates of NHS England to ensure that a coherent, aligned and strategic approach is taken to improving quality in all five domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework. Simon has lead responsibility within NHS England for a range of quality ‘levers’, including NICE Quality Standards, Quality Accounts, the national clinical audit programme and clinical governance policy. He also leads NHS England’s programme of work on seven day services in the NHS.

Simon has worked in the NHS Commissioning Board/NHS England since January 2012. He has previously worked in the Department of Health, as well as in the Department of Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office. He also spent several years seconded to a Strategic Health Authority.

Dr Phillip Bennett-Richards

Dr Phillip Bennett-Richards is clinical director of the GP care group and chair of THIPP and Tower Hamlets Together.

Keith Bentham

Keith Bentham is a Senior Programme and Project Manager with over 25 years’ experience of working for and with the NHS.

His health career began as an Information Systems Manager at a hospital in Manchester, and has since progressed through various pre-sales, project and programme management roles.

In 2008, he was a medallist at the prestigious British Computer Society Project Manager of the Year Awards for his work in the Lorenzo Release 1 Project.

Within the last five years has worked in a very senior capacity within the Health Informatics team in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Richard Berman

Dr Richard Berman FRCP is NHS England’s National Clinical Lead for Enhanced Supportive Care, and a Consultant in Supportive & Palliative Care based at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Jonathan Berry

Jonathan Berry is Personalisation and Control Specialist in NHS England’s Person Centred Care Team. He took up this post in November 2015, and leads on policy development with regard to Health Literacy and Shared Decision Making.

Prior to this Jonathan was the Director of the Community Health and Learning Foundation, a national voluntary organisation that specialises in delivering Health Literacy programmes in deprived communities. He has an extensive health background and was Executive Director for Health for five years at the national charity, ContinYou, where he project managed the development of the national Health Literacy Programme, Skilled for Health.

Mike Bewick

Dr Mike Bewick is Deputy Medical Director at NHS England.

Dr Jo Black

Dr Jo Black is a consultant perinatal psychiatrist with Devon Partnership NHS Trust, SW regional representative on the perinatal faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Chair of the Regional Reps Committee. She has developed an integrated community perinatal mental health service, with perinatal expertise embedded in the three maternity units serving families in Devon.

Jo has experience of working with teams, bringing together clinical, management and commissioning colleagues from primary care, acute and mental health services, women, families and colleagues from the third sector. She looks forward to bringing her energy, experience and ideas to this national role.

Frances Blunden

Frances Blunden has been an elected patient governor at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since October 2014.

She also chairs the NHS Providers Governor Policy Board.

Frances has had a career as a highly experienced policy analyst and adviser, with particular expertise in health and regulatory issues. She has established a reputation as an authoritative and effective advocate for consumers with a long-standing commitment to improving the quality and safety of healthcare, strengthening complaint-handling and achieving effective patient and public engagement.

Tony Bonser

Tony Bonser is a trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice, Preston and the National Council for Palliative Care, for whom he chairs the People in Partnership User Group.

He is also the North West Local Champion for the Dying Matters Coalition. He speaks and writes on end of life care issues, and campaigns for better communication between professionals and patients. He has broadcast on television and local and national radio. He is a member of the Independent Review Panel for the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Juliet Bouverie

Juliet has been chief executive of the Stroke Association since June 2016. Prior to joining the charity, Juliet worked at Macmillan Cancer Support for 16 years in roles including head of planning and policy, director of corporate development and executive director of services and influencing. In this last role she led a staff team of over 800 people, managed a budget of £150m and oversaw a programme of award-winning innovations and service design across the UK. She also secured important government commitments to improve patient experience and post-treatment support through the 2015 Cancer Strategy for England.

Prior to Macmillan, Juliet worked at the British Red Cross in strategy and service evaluation, the Community Development Foundation in fundraising and a political consultancy. She was a trustee of the Long-Term Conditions Alliance and chaired the Cancer Patient Experience Board for University College London Hospital (UCLH) from 2011 to 2014.

Juliet has a degree in modern languages from Oxford and a postgraduate diploma in management.

Joyce Bowler

Joyce Bowler is a Registered Nurse by background, and has been Programme Lead for personal health budgets for the three Clinical Commissioning groups of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland since June 2014.

Joyce first became interested in PHBs back in 2013 when she was Head of Quality Contracting for the CCGs and had Continuing Healthcare in her portfolio.

She is a passionate advocate for personalisation and believes that people should not only be given the choice of care and services, but they should be able to access novel ideas to create packages that are outside of what is traditionally commissioned by the NHS that best meet their needs.

Paul Box

Paul Box is a volunteer with Black Health Agency Skyline.

David Bramley

David is Deputy Head of NHS England’s Long-Term Conditions Unit. 

He started his public sector career working for the Ministry of Defence before moving into Health around 10 years ago. David has worked in a range of roles supporting organisational change and collaboration including diversity policy in the Armed Forces through to overseeing the smooth closure of Arm’s Length Bodies for the Department of Health. In NHS England, David’s main focus is clinical strategy and policy on frailty and multimorbidity.

Paul Breckell

Paul Breckell is the Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss.

He has been in this position since August 2012 and has worked for the charity since July 2007. Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for RNID; the charity working for a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced and where people value and look after their hearing.

Prior to this, Paul was the Finance and Corporate Services Director of the Church Mission Society for seven years and the Head of Finance at the HIV/AIDS healthcare charity Mildmay for three years. He is a chartered public finance accountant (CIPFA), having trained whilst working with the Audit Commission. Paul is a past Chair of the CIPFA Voluntary Sector Panel and a past member of CIPFA Council.

Paul is a Trustee of the Roffey Park Institute, a Commissioner on the ILC Commission on Hearing Loss and the Chair of the NHS England Working Group on the Early Diagnosis of Hearing Loss. Paul a former Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium and the Charity Finance Group. He writes and speaks on a number of topics in relation to hearing loss and disability as well as on leadership, organisational development, governance and finance in the ‘beyond profit’ sector.

He was named one of Cityweath Magazine’s top 10 charity Chief Executives of 2016.

Sian Brookes

Sian Brookes is a Project Manager in the Integrated Care team at Age UK.

She is currently working on the Integrated Care Pilot sites in Sheffield, Redbridge, Barking and Havering and Kent and is also working on developing new models of care.

She also provides project management support in the Programme’s Communications Strategy and most recently established a series of pilot programmes focused on Wellbeing Co-ordinators.

Dr Abbie Brooks

Dr Abbie Brooks is a GP at the Priory Medical Group in York.

A married mother-of-two, she works in the large practice serving the city having trained at Hull York Medical School before going on to foundation and GP training locally.

Abbie chose general practice because of the varied nature of the job along with the ability to build relationships with patients and families.

Her work related interests include women’s health, mental health and more recently IBS and its management. She is involved in various working groups; helping to set up a new urgent care system, leading a new anticoagulation/warfarin service and leading a local Significant Event meetings.
Abbie is keen to get more involved with medical education over the coming years.

Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown currently works as an antimicrobial pharmacist at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and has spent the last 10 years working within Secondary care.

He is a keen advocate of antimicrobial stewardship, presenting on this at both local and national conferences.

Stuart works closely with his colleagues in primary care and is the current chair of the Antimicrobial Pharmacist Group in the North East of England. He is currently seconded to NHS England as a national project lead for AMR and HCAI’s.

Jenny Brumby

Jenny Brumby is a married mother of two boys and has a holiday home business in Millom.

She is one of the Editors of Around The Combe Magazine and a steering group member of Millom Health Action Group. The group works on behalf of the community with the NHS to make decisions about health services.

Beverley Bryant

Beverley Bryant was previously Director of Digital Technology, since the publication of these blogs she has left NHS England.

Kate Buffery

Kate Buffery is Senior Programme Manager (NHS England) for personal wheelchair budgets.

Kate originally qualified as a Registered Nurse and has 20 years’ experience working in the NHS.

Kate spent the majority of her nursing career working in the community as a District Nurse, before moving into Commissioning. Kate has commissioning experience within Continuing Healthcare, urgent care and health and social care, and before coming into the team Kate held a varied portfolio of community services which included commissioning wheelchair services.

Alistair Burns

Professor Alistair Burns is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Vice Dean for the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at The University of Manchester. He is an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT) and is the National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health, NHS England.

He graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1980 and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. He became the Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry in The University of Manchester in 1992, where he has been Head of the Division of Psychiatry and a Vice Dean in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, with responsibility for liaison within the NHS. He set up the Memory Clinic in MMHSCT and helped establish the old age liaison psychiatry service in UHSMT. He is a Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association.

He is Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and is on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Psychiatry and International Psychogeriatrics. His research and clinical interests are in mental health problems of older people, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He has published over 300 papers and 25 books.

Christine Burrows

Christine is from Wigan, Greater Manchester and is passionate to give back and make things better for carers. She has been Mark’s carer for five years. She is now also working as part of NHS England’s Personalisation and Choice Lived Experience Team, where she is part of the National Personal Health Budget Peer Network and the Integrated Personalised Commissioning Strategic Co-production Group.

Jennifer Bute

Jennifer Bute is a former GP.

Olivia Butterworth

Olivia leads the Patient and Public Voice team at NHS England. Olivia’s responsibilities include promoting citizen participation and engagement in all aspects of NHS England business.

Major work areas include building a citizen voice ‘assembly’, the strategic relationship with the voluntary sector, the partnership with Healthwatch England, participation in specialised commissioning and facilitating NHS England’s wider engagement approaches.

Dr Catherine Calderwood

Dr Catherine Calderwood is National Clinical Director for maternity and women’s health in NHS England. She is also a medical adviser for Scottish Government and an obstetrician and gynaecologist working in Edinburgh.

Catherine has a special interest in high risk pregnancy, particularly in those women with complex medical problems and continue to have an obstetric medicine antenatal clinic. She carries out a number of teaching and training roles in both obstetrics and gynaecology and in general medicine. Research interests include thromboembolic disease in pregnancy and she is an investigator on the AFFIRM study which will study the effect of the introduction of a standardized education and management plan for the care of women presenting with decreased fetal movements in hospitals throughout the UK and Ireland.

Catherine is chair of the UK maternal, newborn and infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme – the new process for confidential enquiries into maternal, newborn and infant deaths and severe morbidity run by MBRRACE-UK.

Ian Callaghan

Ian is currently Recovery and Outcomes Manager at Rethink Mental Illness and the National Service User Lead for this work.

He became involved with Recovery and Outcomes work while at Kneesworth House, a medium secure hospital where he spent nearly five years from 2007 to 2012.

Ian now co-ordinates and facilitates the nine regional Recovery and Outcomes Groups, which provide a place for service users, staff and commissioners to come together to discuss developments in secure care.

Ian is also a Patient Representative for the NHS England High, Medium and Low Secure Clinical Reference Groups, to which he brings the voice of everyone in the Recovery and Outcomes Groups.

Similarly, he represents the Recovery and Outcomes Groups at other national Steering Groups, including with NHS England.

He is proud to be one of the judges for the National Service User Awards and himself won the Special Mention Award in 2014.

Ian was the Rethink Mental Illness Member of the Year in 2012 and in February 2015 won the Deputy Prime Minister’s Mental Health Hero Award in recognition of his role with Recovery and Outcomes. He has just been named on the HSJ Patient Leaders list of 2015.

Fiona Carragher

Fiona Carragher is the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England, supporting the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 50 separate scientific specialisms. A Consultant Clinical Biochemist by background, Fiona has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities, providing professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the health and care system as well as working with senior clinical leaders within both the NHS England and the wider NHS.

Fiona has a strong background in both public health and treatment & care, having led and worked in multi-professional teams for two decades at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Kings College Hospital, London – with a focus on providing high quality, innovative laboratory services. More recently she led a number of specialised laboratories for the diagnosis and monitoring of inherited metabolic disease and was Director of Newborn Screening for the South East Thames Region.

She has led a number of broader healthcare science projects including technology adoption and leadership development, and created a proactive scientific and diagnostics network across London that supports quality improvement and effective commissioning.

Janet Carter

Dr Carter is a Senior Clinical lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry at UCL Division of Psychiatry.

She works for as a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry for NELFT in Havering where she runs a community mental health team and a Cognitive Disorders clinic with a fast track service for under 65s. She is member of the Steering group for the Young Dementia network.

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter is the Stockton-on-Tees Integrated Personal Commissioning Communications Workstream Lead.

He is an experienced public sector governance and communications officer who has worked in local government, central government and the NHS.

Andrew has worked in the NHS for five years in varying roles including for acute providers, primary care trusts and currently for Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dominic Carter

Dominic Carter is a Policy Officer with the United Kingdom Homecare Association.

He joined the sector three years ago through the Skills for Care Graduate Management Training Scheme and previously studied at Leeds University.

Emily Carter

Emily Carter has worked in the field of public engagement and patient experience for 12 years in a range of settings – voluntary sector, Primary Care Trust, Strategic Health Authority and a community healthcare NHS Trust provider.

Emily has worked as Regional Head of Patient and Public Voice at NHS England since April 2013- working with the Area Teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups across the South of England.

More information on work that is happening in the South of England:

Follow Emily on Twitter: @NHSEmily.

Rachel Cashman

Rachel Cashman, Head of Collaboration for Excellence, NHS England

Rachel leads on creating the conditions and incentives for the behavioural changes needed to foster a culture of collaboration and excellence within NHS England, across the wider NHS and between healthcare stakeholders, demonstrating new ways of working to deliver health outcomes, quality care and economic growth.

She utilises evidence and research of network leadership to spread new ideas, build and orchestrate communities that foster learning and knowledge exchange, and achieve effective cooperative action and peer support. Rachel coordinates across NHS England and its industry, third sector and social care partners the Integrated Care for the 3million lives programme enabling new investment and operating models for the self-management of long term conditions and clinical collaboration underpinned by new technologies.

Prior to joining NHS England, Rachel was the Head of the Innovation Health and Wealth (IHW) programme in the Department of Health have worked as part of the NHS Chief Executive’s Review of Innovation and co-authored IHW. This was a role on secondment from worldwide pharmaceutical company Pfizer where Rachel lead on policy and public affairs in the areas of UK R&D and Science Policy, Oncology, inward investment and Life Sciences sector engagement with UK Department of Business and Department of Health, product and strategic value proposition and QIPP, NHS partnerships and advising the business on the strategic operating environment in the UK.

Katy Chachou

Katy Chachou works part time for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust as a Recovery Peer Support worker. She also works voluntarily at the Barberry Mother and Baby Unit in Birmingham. As someone who’s had experience of their services, she provides manicures and peer support for mums there, and gives talks to medical audiences so people can learn from her story.

Dr Nav Chana

Dr Nav Chana is Clinical Adviser for Workforce Redesign, New Care Models Programme and Chair of the National Association of Primary Care.

Nav is also a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice where he has been a GP for 25 years. He is Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care where he has co-led the development of the ‘primary care home’ model, which is one of the new care model programs endorsed by NHS England.

He has had a varied career in healthcare education and continues as an adviser to Health Education England (South London). He was previously a Director of Education Quality (DEQ) for Health Education South London, and prior to that the Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community Based Education from 2010.

Rebecca Charlwood

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood is the Chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and has been the Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults for Leeds City Council since May 2016.

Councillor Charlwood moved to Leeds at the age of 20 for university and has called the city home ever since. After university, she was determined to pursue a career that could genuinely make a difference to the lives of others. So, she became a mental health support worker, with a focus on peer support. Her four years in that environment had a profound effect. She then went on to work for a national charity for a further four years as a quality officer. This role reinforced just how important it is that people receive the right support at the right time, in order to help them work towards recovery.

Councillor Charlwood then began a Masters degree in public policy and management. This led to her decision to get involved in politics, with a commitment to making sure the right people were making the right decisions about how best to support those who need it most.

Following completion of her Masters, Councillor Charlwood continued to work within the third sector, as a UK compliance advisor for a care provider. She was then elected to represent Moortown and Meanwood ward as a local councillor.

Kate Chartres

Kate Chartres is a registered Mental Health Nurse with around 18 years post-qualification experience.

As the Nurse Consultant at Sunderland Psychiatric Liaison Team, she has provided clinical practice and professional leadership for the nursing team, research, training and development. The service has been accredited by the RCP with excellence (PLAN).

Previously, she worked for nine years within crisis services, Primary Care, EIP and Clinical Management of the Psychiatric Liaison Teams within NTW.

Teresa Chinn

Teresa Chinn is a Registered Nurse, and Professional Social Media Community Development and blogger for WeNurses.

Teresa was an agency nurse who found herself professionally isolated and reached out to social media to connect with other nurses.

Teresa runs WeNurses which is primarily a Twitter-based real time weekly discussion that enables nurses to share ideas, information, experience and expertise around a predetermined subject.

WeNurses has grown and developed significantly and now has a following of over 11,000 and uses a range of social media to engage them including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Vimeo, Blogs and Prezi.

In addition to running WeNurses Teresa has become a social media specialist and now works with healthcare organisations delivering workshops, seminars, speaking at conferences and providing social media consultancy.

Teresa tweets as @AgencyNurse and @WeNurses.

Dr Shera Chok

Dr Shera Chok is a GP in Tower Hamlets Together vanguard and Director of Primary Care, Barts Health NHS Trust.

Shera is a GP in Tower Hamlets, a member of the Tower Hamlets multispecialty community provider vanguard and Director of Primary Care at Barts Health. Her role involves bringing a primary care voice and perspective to the largest acute trust in England, shaping their clinical strategy, listening to our GP partners, improving patient safety, delivering new models of care and building relationships with primary care and CCGs. Shera is also a member of the national Independent Reconfiguration Panel which advises ministers on NHS reconfiguration, and a Clinical Associate with NHS England’s new care models team.

Shera’s MBA and MA in Inter-Professional Education focused on patient experience and clinical leadership. She won a Nuffield Trust Fellowship on cross-organisational learning and studied at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) in Boston as part of the prestigious NHS Executive Fast Track Programme. She has worked in Sudan, Indonesia, Laos and Greece as a clinician with leading NGOs.

Follow Dr Chok on Twitter @SheraChok

Chris Smith

Chris Smith is Clinical Director of Ambulance, Urgent Care and Community Services part of the My Life a Full Life vanguard (Isle of Wight) vanguard.

Chris started his career with West Midlands Metropolitan Ambulance (WMAS) service in March 1979 as a patient transport driver. He moved to the emergency service as a qualified Ambulance Man in August 1981 and became a paramedic in July 1987.

In 1992 he became a supervisor and was then promoted to Area Superintendent in September 1994. He then held a number of senior manager positions and became Deputy Director of Operations in 1997. In 1998 he then became Director of Operations/Head of Training.

He left WMAS in July 2000 and after a brief spell with Warwickshire Ambulance Service he came to the Isle of Wight on 22nd January 2001 as a Clinical Team Leader. In March 2002 he was seconded to Hampshire Ambulance Service as a Director of Operations returning to the IOWAS in July 2003.

Chris became Head of Ambulance in December 2009 and during this time has lead the team on the development of the integrated care hub. He took over ED MAAU and Bed Management in September 2014 and in November 2015 became Clinical Director of Ambulance, Urgent Care & Community along with Clinical Director of Integrated access and Integrated Localities.

Chris currently also chairs the National Ambulance Control group and holds a seat on the National Director of Operations Group and the National Emergency Care Standards Group.

Dr Neil Churchill

Dr Neil Churchill is Director for Patient Experience at NHS England, where he leads improvement on non-clinical aspects of quality. His brief includes NHS England’s Commitments to Carers, improving experience for people with cancer, working with users of learning disability services to improve quality, enhancing staff experience and learning from complaints and whistleblowers.

Neil joined NHS England in 2013 after a 25 year career in the voluntary sector at organisations including Barnardo’s, Age Concern, Crisis and Asthma UK.

Neil has been a Non-Executive Director for NHS South of England, an appointed member of the National Information Governance Board and a trustee of a number of charities across the UK.

Neil is a member of the Executive Board for the Beryl Institute, a change agent from the School for Health and Care Radicals and a member of Q, the quality improvement collaborative from the Health Foundation.

Follow Neil on Twitter: @neilgchurchill

Nicky Clark

Nicky is a Senior Lecturer, Lead Midwife for Education and the Head of department for Midwifery and Child Health at the University of Hull. Nicky provides professional advice at strategic and operational levels and takes full responsibility for the impact of midwifery practice, midwifery research and midwifery education within the Faculty.

Nicky has significant experience in Higher education, having worked in HE since 1990. Nicky is a member of the NHS England’s taskforce for developing a New Model of Supervision and is co-chair of the education workstream. Nicky chairs the LME strategic reference group; is a member of the NMC Education stakeholder forum to provide input and have oversight of the NMC’s education framework and is a member of the CoDH Midwifery advisory group working on the vision for the future midwife.

Nicky qualified as a registered general nurse in 1982 and her first midwife teacher post was in 1990. Nicky has undertaken many national and international external collaborations, working in the UK and across Europe and Asia providing expert advice on programme approvals in midwifery, and also undertaking institutional quality assurance reviews across the UK and Croatia.

Fiona Clark

Fiona Clark has worked in and around the NHS from ward to Board for more than 30 years, first qualifying as a registered general nurse and midwife and currently sitting on the Board of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a non-executive director, a position she has held for 13 years.

She has worked extensively in the voluntary sector developing services and managing projects in healthcare related charities locally, nationally and internationally. Fiona is currently the NHS Programme Director leading the development of Scaling up Shared Lives in Health programme funded by NHS England.

Katie Clarke-Day

Katie Clarke-Day is an expert by experience as a patient living with numerous long term conditions.

She has a background as a social worker and psychologist, but due to ill health, now spends as much time as possible using her skills and experience to advocate for an improved patient experience.

Katie works alongside NHS England on a number of projects and is also the lead governor of an NHS foundation trust. On Thursday, she is taking part in a patient panel session at the Insight and Feedback Conference in Leeds.

Siobhan Clibbens

Siobhan Clibbens has worked with NHS England for three years, starting in the corporate PMO, supporting the Strategy Programme Board, moving to the-then Policy Directorate in the Partnerships team.

Siobhan is Senior Information Manager for the Yorkshire and Humber specialised commissioning hub, working with the CSU and specialised commissioning contract and finance leads to ensure contractual relationships with providers are underpinned by good quality data and information.

Siobhan is the inaugural co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network at NHS England, alongside Oli Mansell, a post she has held since September 2015

Her previous jobs include Community Networks Coordinator at ARK Housing in Edinburgh, a housing association supporting people with learning disabilities and other support needs; Health Improvement Coordinator at NHS Education for Scotland, and Project Support Officer in Adult Social Care at Essex County Council.

Trevor Clower

Trevor Clower is an unpaid carer living in Nottingham. He is very active organising and running 16 Carers Road Shows each year offering free support for all Carers. Trevor is an active campaigner for both carers and people with learning disabilities.

Barry Cockcroft

Barry Cockcroft qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 1973 and worked for 27 years in NHS general dental practice.

He was elected to the General Dental Services Committee of the British Dental Association in 1990, serving on many sub-committees and working groups before being elected vice-chairman in 2000.

He was appointed Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England in November 2002 and appointed as Chief Dental Officer in 2006.

In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire for his contribution to the dental profession.

He was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List of 2010.

A year later, Barry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practice.

Yvonne Coghill

Yvonne Coghill OBE, JP, MSc, DMS, RGN, RMN, HV, CPT, Dip Exec Coaching.

Yvonne commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.

In 2004, she had the unique opportunity to work at the Department of Health as Private Secretary to the Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir Nigel Crisp. In her three years at the Department, Yvonne held several strategic posts, including Programme Director for the Cleaner Hospitals Programme and External Relations Nursing Officer to the Chief Nursing Officer of England.

Yvonne is currently the Director – WRES Implementation in NHS England, and is a member of the equality and diversity council at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States where she has helped develop their inclusion strategy, delivered workshops and was co-chair at their national forum in Orlando 2015. She has also been keynote speaker at the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE) annual conference in New Orleans. She continues to work closely with world expert on health and race Professor D. Williams, of Harvard University School of Public Health.

Recently Yvonne has used her knowledge and experience of mental health to act as a commissioner on a report commissioned by the Royal college of Psychiatrists and chaired by Lord Crisp on ‘Adult mental health in patient services’ which fed into the NHS England task force review on mental health services in England.

In 2013 Yvonne was voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers, two years in a row. Yvonne was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010 and was appointed as Director for WRES Implementation in June 2015.

Tina Coldham

Tina campaigns for a better understanding of mental health issues in society, and works to improve service provision. She describes herself as having enduring mental health problems, having used mental health services over many years.

Tina has worked in the voluntary sector, across disability, in academia, with regulators and governing bodies as a trainer, researcher and consultant. In 2001 Tina joined the Centre for Mental Health Services Development England (CMHSDE) at King’s College as a project coordinator, working on the successful national pilot to implement direct payments in mental health.

Since 2003, she has worked for the Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS) on various national projects including direct payments work, service reviews, independent investigations, and MARD – the review of user and carer involvement in NIMHE (CSIP). Tina also chairs the SCIE co-production network.

Dr Katie Coleman

Dr Katie Coleman is the Vice Chair (clinical) of Islington CCG.

She is a GP in Islington, having set up a new practice in 1999 in collaboration with Dr Josephine Sauvage, Chair of Islington CCG. Together they developed the organisation into a thriving inner city training practice.

Her lead areas for Islington CCG include Patient and Public Participation and Primary Care. She is also the Chief Clinical Information Officer. She supports the work around Integrated Care as it interfaces with general practice, actively developing enhanced Primary Health Care Team discussions across all practices in Islington, embedding the Year of Care approach in the provision of Long Term Care services and ensuring Care and Support Planning is a core service offer for people with long term conditions.

As the Chief Clinical Information Officer she has endeavoured to ensure patient are empowered to take an active role in their own self-care, by supporting the development of a Person Held Record that brings the individuals health and care information into one place.

Dr Linda Collie

Dr Linda Collie is Clinical Executive at NHS Portsmouth CCG.

Professor Alf Collins

Professor Alf Collins is a doctor, commissioner, researcher and national policy advisor in person-centred care.

He has researched and published widely on self-management support, shared decision making, care planning, co-production, patient activation and patient engagement.

Alf has worked with others to develop a number of measures of person-centred care, including the ‘clinician support for patient activation measure’.

He has a visiting professorship in person-centred care from Coventry University and Honorary Fellowships at the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Donal Collins

Dr Donal Collins qualified in Cork, Ireland in 1989 and worked for five years in a busy district general hospital in Limerick.

He finished his GP training in Gosport, Hampshire, before taking on a full- time job at The Highlands Practice in Fareham.

Dr Collins developed his special interest in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) conditions and finished his postgraduate diploma in ENT in 2007.

Following this Dr Collins was part of a group who set up Fareham Area Clinical Enterprise (FACE) Ltd in Fareham and Gosport.

He is now chairman of FACE, which runs ENT, gynaecology and cardiology clinics in the community, at GP surgeries in the area. He is also lead for the community ENT service.

Dr Collins is Clinical Lead for the Multi-Specialty Community Provider in Gosport and Chairman of Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Alliance.

Dr Vincent Connolly

Dr Vincent Connolly is currently Medical Director for the Emergency Care Improvement Programme and Consultant Physician at the James Cook University Hospital.

He has an interest in Diabetes and Endocrinology and a medical doctorate on the impact of social deprivation on diabetes mellitus.

He has been Clinical Lead for the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team since 2010, was a member of the National Clinical Advisory Team and, since 2011, has been Clinical Advisor to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement Ambulatory Emergency Care Delivery Network.

Dr Connolly was previously Chair of the North East SHA, Clinical Innovation Team for Acute Care, and a recipient of the Hospital Doctor Acute Medicine Team of the Year Award 2004.

Lisa Cooper

Lisa Cooper is Chair of the NHS England Child Sexual Exploitation sub-group and Assistant Director of Nursing, Quality & Safety for Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral Area Team.

Dr Jacqueline Cornish

Dr Jacqueline Cornish was appointed to the post of National Clinical Director Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood in NHS England in April 2013.

She is passionate about continuously striving for improved healthcare outcomes in this young group, giving them and their families the best experience and delivering care safely to the highest possible standard.

She is a practicing clinician, having only recently stepped down as Director of Paediatric Stem Cell Transplant (SCT) at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Dr Cornish specialises in the transplant of children with a high risk haematological malignancy, and the Unit has been pioneering in the development of the use of alternative donors, detection of molecular minimal residual leukaemia, and white cell chimerism techniques.

Dr Cornish has over 20 years’ experience of Medical Management in the NHS, having been Head of Division of Women’s and Children’s Services at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years before taking up the National post. She believes strong synergy between clinicians, dedicated managers and commissioners leads to the best result for patients and is a hallmark of high performing organisations and services.

With this clinical and managerial background, she intends to contribute towards making a real impact on the improvement of health and wellbeing outcomes in Children and Young People in England. She believes strongly in Parity of Esteem, for CYP overall but importantly bringing mental health on a par with physical health.

She hopes to secure robust Transition to adult services though multiagency partnership working for all young people with chronic and long term conditions, making their experience positive such they remain engaged with their services and are supported to take responsibility for their own health as they move into adulthood.

Caroline Corrigan

Caroline Corrigan has been the National Workforce Lead with the New Care Models Team since November 2015.

Her role is to support and enable vanguards to design and develop a modern, flexible workforce that addresses local population needs. In addition, Caroline continues to work with Health Education England on all aspects of workforce transformation.

Previously Caroline lead Health Education East of England which focuses on the development of people for health and healthcare. Prior to joining HEE Caroline spent six years at the Department of Health. Her roles there included People Transition Director for the NHS, Talent Management Lead and lead for the department’s business plan.

Caroline has worked for over 15 years for NHS Trusts as an HR Director and national organisations, including the Modernisation Agency. She is a fellow of the CIPD and has worked with the Complexity Group London School of Economics.

Follow Caroline on Twitter: @CarolineCorrig3.

Professor Paul Corrigan, CBE

Professor Paul Corrigan gained his first degree in social policy from the LSE in 1969, his PhD at Durham in 1974. He is currently adjunct professor of public health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and of health policy at Imperial College London.

For the first 12 years of his working life he taught at Warwick University and the Polytechnic of North London. During this period he taught, researched and wrote about inner city social policy and community development. In 1985 he left academic life and became a senior manager in London local government and in 1997 he started to work as a public services management consultant. In 1998 he published Shakespeare on Management.

From July 2001 he worked as a special adviser to Alan Milburn first and then John Reid, the then Secretary of States for Health. At the end of 2005 he became the senior health policy adviser to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. Over these six years he was instrumental in developing all the major themes of NHS reform not only in terms of policy levers buy also in developing capacity throughout the NHS to use those levers.

Between June 2007 and March 2009 he was the director of strategy and commissioning at the London Strategic Health Authority.

Since then Paul has been working as a management consultant and an executive coach helping leaders within the NHS and internationally create and develop step changes within their organisation. In September 2011 he published a pamphlet “The hospital is dead Long live the Hospital” that was recognised by a leader in the Times as an important contribution to reform. He continues to argue the case for NHS reform. From July 2013 he has become a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission. In 2015 he is working with NHS England to help them develop the new models of care.

Follow Paul on Twitter @Paul_Corrigan.

Dr Dan Cowie

Dr Dan Cowie, Clinical Director Transformation, Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dan graduated in 1999 from Newcastle University and qualified as GP in 2004. Over the last 10 years he has worked as a GP in varies roles with a particular focus on elderly care. Dan has also been a part time clinical author of clinical knowledge summaries and writing guidelines for primary care.

He took up a GP partnership at Crowhall Medical Group in 2012 and also started his work within Gateshead Clinical Commissioning (CCG) Group as the Community Services and Urgent Care lead. Recently, Dan has been leading transformation work within the CCG and has particular interest in service redesign.

Pete Crane

Pete is a 63 year old grandad who is now retired following many years working as a bank cashier.

Pete is married to Wendy and together they have raised son and daughter Nick and Sarah – both Nick and Sarah have good lives, friends, jobs and mortgages – but Nick has been profoundly learning disabled since birth.

Pete has always regarded both his children as having equal civil rights – equal needs for love and respect – and being equally important to him.

Pete would always ‘swap the labels’ in order to work out what a good life should look like – for example “would I put my 6 year old daughter alone on a bus and send her 20 miles away each day to school ? – no ! – so why would I do that to my son Nick – therefore he should go to a local school like his sister would.”

As Nick’s parents for 35 years, Pete and Wendy have been involved in many ways with the positive changes that have been taking place in civil society for people with a learning disability – most notably Pete was the chair of the national charity IPSEA for many years and in this role gave evidence to both the House of Lords and the House of Commons on various disability related matters.

Following the events at Winterbourne View, Pete was involved as an ‘expert by experience’ in the Care Quality Commission inspections of Assessment and Treatment Centres for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

Recently Pete has been working as an ‘expert by experience’ involved in the NHS CTR program – this is managed and enabled by NWTDT (North West Training and Development Team) / Pathways, an organisation based in Accrington that has various networks and work streams all designed to improve the lives of people and families living with learning disability and/or autism. Pathways is working hard to capture and share the knowledge that self-advocates, families and professionals all have in order to enable civil society to welcome and include people with learning disabilities and/or autism – and at the same time allow us all to benefit from the gifts and talents that everyone has.

Professor Matthew Cripps

Professor Matthew Cripps is National Director of NHS RightCare, a part of NHS England that focusses on population healthcare improvement and helping the wider health service to identify and use techniques, tools and methodologies to increase value in healthcare.

Its focus on increasing value at system level, for individuals and the population, is seen as integral to the delivery of financial sustainability for the NHS.

Jill Crook

Jill Crook is the Transforming Care Lead for NHS England South region.

Jill has been a Director of Nursing for 15 years in a variety of strategic roles including the Chief Nursing Officers directorate at the Department of Health, Avon Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority, Gloucestershire & Swindon Primary Care Trusts and the Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon & Wiltshire Area Team of NHS England. Jill’s clinical background is within both mental health and general nursing with a large focus on community settings.

From February 2015 Jill has been working on a part time basis as the Project Lead for Transforming Care Learning Disabilities and Autism supporting the Chief Nurse within NHS England South Region.

Jill enjoys an effective work life balance and in her personal time enjoys cooking, gardening and walking.

Richard Cross

Richard Cross is 71 years old and spent his working life as an auditor. His wife Sheila has multiple Long-Term Conditions, including COPD, spinal and related arthritic conditions, severe abdominal pains and mental health issues.

On behalf of carers nationwide, he has met David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, had several visits to Westminster to meet other M.P’s, a carers meeting at The Foreign Office (for their staff) and many local meetings with influential representatives of both government departments and regulatory bodies.

Eddie Crouch

Eddie Crouch is Vice Chairman of the British Dental Association Principal Executive Committee and has worked in South Birmingham providing primary care to patients in dental practices for more than 25 years.

He is active in supporting colleagues locally via the Local Dental Committee and nationally via the BDA , and is a member of the Birmingham Black Country and Solihull Local Professional Network who advise commissioners on patient services.

Baroness Julia Cumberlege, CBE DL

Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL was appointed a Junior Health Minister in 1992 and for five years she covered all Health and Social Services matters in the House of Lords.

She has been commissioned by two Governments to produce two national reports: “Neighbourhood Nursing – a Focus for Care” and “Changing Childbirth”.

At the invitation of the Royal College of Physicians, Julia has chaired two working parties. The first report “Doctors in Society” was published in December 2005. The second, “Future Physician, Changing Doctors in Changing Times”, was published in May 2010.

From 2000 until July 2006, Julia chaired St George’s Medical School.

Professor Jane Cummings

Professor Jane Cummings is the Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England.

Before progressing into general management, Jane specialised in Emergency Care. She has held a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive.

In February 2004, she became the National Lead for emergency care agreeing and implementing the 98% operational standard. She has also worked as the nursing advisor for emergency care. In January 2005, she was appointed as the National Implementation Director for ‘Choice’ and ‘Choose and Book’.

Jane moved to NHS North West in November 2007 where she held executive responsibility for the professional leadership of nursing, quality, performance as well as QIPP, commissioning and for a time Deputy Chief Executive Officer. In October 2011, she was appointed to the role of Chief Nurse for the North of England SHA Cluster.

She was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer for England in March 2012 and started full time in June 2012. Jane is the professional lead for all nurses and midwives in England (with the exception of public health) and published the ‘6Cs’ and ‘Compassion in Practice’ in December 2012, followed by publishing the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ framework in May 2016.

Jane has executive oversight of maternity, patient experience, learning disability and, in January 2016, became executive lead for Patient and Public Participation.

She was awarded Doctorates by Edge Hill University and by Bucks New University, and she is a visiting professor at Kingston University and St George’s University, London.

She is also Director and trustee for Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical Ambassador for the Over the Wall Children’s Charity where she volunteers as a nurse providing care for children affected by serious illnesses.

Follow Jane on Twitter: @JaneMCummings.

Dr Charlie Davie

Dr Charlie Davie joined UCLPartners in 2009 as Stroke Lead and subsequently took on the role of Programme Director for Neurosciences.

He was appointed as Director of the AHSN in 2014 and became Managing Director in May 2015. He provides strategic leadership for the AHSN and its integrated programmes, supporting the operational and clinical directors in transforming care for patients and populations.

Before joining UCLPartners, Charlie was the clinical lead for stroke services at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where he continues his clinical work as Consultant Neurologist. He has also been the stroke lead for the North Central London Cardiovascular and Stroke Network.

Charlie played a pivotal role in redesigning stroke services in London and large areas of England, which has resulted in significantly improved outcomes.

He qualified in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1986 and completed much of his postgraduate clinical training and early research at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. He was awarded a doctorate with honours by University of Glasgow in 1997 and has been a consultant at the Royal Free since 1999.

Kate Davies, OBE

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’.

Neil Davies

Neil Davies left the Army in 1969 and went back to the steel works, spent his evenings studying and obtained a scholarship to York University.

Neil spent some time logging in Canada and did some building work in Australia. After returning to the UK he became an organiser for the Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism, which fulfilled his mission-orientation need.

In the 80s he became an outdoor pursuits and expedition leader and set up a sports management course at North London College.

Currently he runs his own TV Production Company and has won numerous awards for his current affairs and documentary work.

Janet Davies

Janet Davies is Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing.

Janet Davies is the Chief Executive and General Secretary for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the voice of nursing across the UK. The RCN promotes patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues by working closely with the Government, the UK parliaments and other national and European political institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.

Prior to her current role, Janet was one of the Executive Directors at the RCN and took the strategic lead for nursing and service delivery to its members. Before joining the RCN, she had a long career as a Nurse within the NHS. She was Director of Nursing in West Lancashire and Liverpool and Chief Executive of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.

Paul Deemer

Paul has been a HR professional for over 30 years. He has worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the health service – with particular experience in the fields of recruitment, employee relations, employment law and diversity. It was whilst working for the charity Barnardo’s that he took on the role of national equality and diversity manager, further utilising the experience and knowledge gained in this role when he was seconded into the Department of Health’s equality and diversity team in 2000 to help them develop their national strategy in this area. Paul currently works for NHS Employers – which represents and supports NHS trusts across England – and is helping NHS organisations to embed diversity and inclusion good practice across the NHS.

Dr Karen Deeny

Dr Karen Deeny works in the national Patient Experience Team and is leading a work programme to drive improved outcomes and experiences for patients through improving staff experiences of care.

With a clinical background in speech and language therapy and an enduring passion for improvement, Karen has worked as a clinician, manager, researcher, author and coach in health, education and social care.

Karen’s doctoral research involved working with members of more than 200 healthcare teams to understand theirs and their patients’ journeys and using this learning to drive improvement through experience based co-design in the UK and internationally.

Paris Dehghani

Paris Dehghani is a proud and committed mum who was born in Iran.

She is passionate about empowering vulnerable people and an advocate for volunteering.

Joanna Dervisoglu

Joanna Dervisoglu, Treasurer and Trustee of Knitted Knockers UK, is a Teaching Assistant, a mum of four and grandmother of three.

Dr Mo Dewji

Dr Mo Dewji is a partner and trainer in a ten-doctor urban practice in Milton Keynes.

He was the PCG and then PEC chair of MKPCT prior to his appointment as the Head of the National PMS Development Team.

He was then appointed as the Clinical Director for Strategy and System Reform at South Central SHA.

He is now the National Clinical Lead (Primary Care) within the Medical Directorate of the NHS England, where he has been advising on the support of the Friends and Family Test in General Practice.

He has also acted as the clinical lead in the benchmarking of care across health systems and the active use of data to develop and deliver high quality care.

Between his work at the SHA and his recent move to the NHS England he headed the Primary Care QIPP Workstream at the Department of Health.

He has been actively involved in the development of new commissioning models supporting CCG’s and practices, and acted as an advisor to the development of the Diabetes NSF and was one of the founder members of the National Resource Framework Group.

His clinical interests lie in Paediatrics and GP Training.

Dr Martyn Diaper

Dr Martyn Diaper is the Head of Patient Safety (Primary Care) and the chairman of the Primary Care Patient Safety Expert Group at NHS England.

Born and raised in Southampton, Martyn trained at St Thomas’s Hospital and worked in the UK and Australia before settling with his wife in Winchester, where he was a GP for nearly 20 years. During that time he gained an MBA with the Open University and worked with the NHS Institute for innovation and improvement as clinical lead for patient safety.

In 2011 he trained as a Patient Safety Officer in Boston MA at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Martyn worked as Clinical Director for South East Hampshire ISD at Southern Health from 2013 to 2014, and later became Southern Health medical director until July 2015.

He has also worked for NHS Improving Quality as clinical lead for patient safety and commissioner development in its delivery team.

Dr Mary Docherty

Dr Mary Docherty is a Clinical Quality Improvement Fellow in the Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network and Specialty Registrar at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.

She currently holds a Darzi Fellowship supported by the Healthy London Partnership and is taking a lead role, through Healthy London Partnership, in a London-wide initiative to reduce the premature mortality of people with serious mental illness.

Mary came to medicine with previous degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, completed a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Academic Foundation Programme at the Institute of Neuroscience in Newcastle and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN). She undertook her core training and specialty training on the Maudsley Training Programme following a year secondment in the Research and Development team at NICE on the Chief Medical Officer’s Clinical Advisors Scheme.

As Clinical Fellow at the IoPPN her research interests are in service improvement, treatment and service gaps in UK Mental Health provision and cognitive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. She co-authored a national review chapter on Parity of Esteem in the Chief Medical Officer’s 2014 report on Public Mental Health. Mary also developed and ran with the National Psychosis Service the first specialist clinic dedicated to the assessment and treatment of cognitive and negative symptoms in schizophrenia.

She is involved in clinical research, service development initiatives and a Kings Health Partners strategic academic network aimed at exploring and addressing the mortality gap in people with serious and enduring mental illness.

Felicity Dormon

Felicity Dormon is the IAPT programme lead at NHS England. Prior to joining NHS England she worked at the Health Foundation as a Senior Policy Fellow. She has also worked for the Department of Health, undertaking policy roles in strategy, mental health and cancer in addition to a secondment as a social care commissioner in local government. She previously worked in defence research. She has a Masters in Health Policy from Imperial College, and a degree in Physics with Computing from the University of Warwick.

Mark Doughty

Mark Doughty co-founded the Centre for Patient Leadership (CPL) in 2011 where he is responsible for designing their model of patient leadership.

This was shortlisted for the Guardian Healthcare Innovation Awards in 2013. He was also a finalist in 2012 for the International Ashoka Changemakers Innovation for Health Award.

Since 2012 Mark has facilitated leadership development programmes for more than 500 patient leaders. He has also coached and supported lay assessors for the CQC, the People Champions on the board of the NHS Leadership Academy as well as CCG and Healthwatch chair and board members.

Libby Dowling

Libby Dowling has been a clinical advisor at Diabetes UK for 7 years. Her background is in nursing and she works across all aspects of diabetes care to provide the most up to date advice.

Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy is the National Clinical Director for Cancer. Professor Duffy is also a clinical academic gynaecologist based at the University of Leeds with his clinical practice at the city’s St James’s Hospital. His medical expertise is in endometrial cancer and he has an international reputation in the field of endoscopy surgery and training.

He has had senior academic experience in laboratory and health services research and has had national and regional responsibilities for undergraduate and postgraduate education in obstetrics and gynaecology with senior roles in the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the University of Leeds. For the eight years before he was appointed National Clinical Director for Cancer, he was leading the Yorkshire Cancer Network as medical director and over the last four as director as well.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent

Jacqueline has vast experience in healthcare provision. She has worked as a midwife and a nurse and held senior positions in clinical practice, education, leadership and management including: Director of Midwifery and Nursing positions for Womens and Children’s services at Imperial College Healthcare Trust & Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Academic roles have included: Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Leader, LME and Professor of Midwifery. Jacqueline is currently Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health.

She is visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. Her experience has led to her leading and influencing national maternity standards and guidance. Jacqueline influences healthcare, nationally and internationally through research, education and publications. She is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences and is a member of the British Journal of Midwifery editorial board and until recently she was an active member of the Maternity and Newborn Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Jacqueline has joined the: Tommy’s Charity National Advisory Board as Midwifery advisor, and the Women of the Year management committee. Her voluntary work currently includes Midwifery Advisor for the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and until recently a trustee. In 2014 she had the privilege of receiving the HSJ, BME Pioneers award and in 2015 she was selected from over 100 nominations for inclusion on Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list that celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models in their profession.

Follow Jacquie on Twitter @dunkleybent

Mike Durkin

Dr Mike Durkin was previously Director of Patient Safety, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.

Jane Dwelly

Jane Dwelly is head of Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015. Previously as head of programme communications at NHS England she led the communications and marketing team for Expo 14.

Before joining NHS England, Jane was head of communications for the NHS Medical Director Bruce Keogh in the Department of Health.

Jane has led communications on a number of high-profile NHS programmes including Professor Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review in 2007/8 and the NHS Future Forum in 2011.

In the early part of her career, Jane trained and worked as a financial journalist.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janedwelly.

Jacqui Dyer

Jacqui Dyer was educated at London and Brunel universities, where she completed post graduate research in decision-making within children’s social care services.

She has a background in adult mental health commissioning as well as community and family social work and has recently worked as an independent health and social care consultant.

Jacqui has worked with a wide range of vulnerable care groups and has a strong passion in grass roots community empowerment. As an experienced counsellor, trainer, personal and professional development coach and group facilitator, she brings many dimensions to her insights including an understanding of crosscutting socio-economic policy.

Originally from Yorkshire, Jacqui has lived and worked in London since 1989.

As a mental service user and carer for the past two and a half decades, her experiential knowledge of mental health services is extensive. Currently she is a senior management board lived experience advisor for the Department of Health national ‘Time To Change’ anti-stigma and discrimination campaign.

Additionally, Jacqui is an appointed member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Mental Health, which oversees the implementation of the national mental health strategy. She is also a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Equalities in Mental Health.

Follow Jacqui Dyer on Twitter: @jahkey2u

Dr Karen Eastman

Dr Karen Eastman is a Clinical Director for NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG and a GP Partner at The Brow Medical Centre in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. She also enjoys a role as a GPwSI in Pain Management.

With a passion for high quality, person centred and innovative patient care and services provided in local community settings, Karen became involved in Practice Based Commissioning in 2005 and remained active in representing frontline patient and clinician experience right through to the formation of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in April 2013.

She is now a Clinical Director for the CCG formed of 23 GP Practices, responsible for the health and wellbeing of more than 225,000 people. She also leads the clinical input into Long Term Conditions and Planned Care for the CCG and feeds into NHS England’s Person Centred Care Working Group, and is a RCGP Champion for Care and Support Planning and sits on the NHSE PAM Learning set.

Karen has been a GP for 19 years, having trained at The Royal London Hospital Medical College.

Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards is Chief Executive at the Nuffield Trust. Prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2014, Nigel was an expert advisor with KPMG’s Global Centre of Excellence for Health and Life Sciences and a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund.

Nigel was Policy Director of the NHS Confederation for 11 years and has a wealth of experience in health and social care. He joined the organisation from his former role as Director of the London Health Economics Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he remains an honorary visiting professor.

Nigel has a strong interest in new models of service delivery and a practical focus on what is happening at the front line as well as a wealth of experience in wider health care policy in the UK and internationally.

Nigel is a well-known media commentator, often in the spotlight debating key policy issues.

Nigel is currently working with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies on developments in health care provision in Europe.

Ellen Devine

Ellen Devine is a Training Officer for the National Osteoporosis Society and has worked in the health and social care charity sector since 2008 including roles with the British Red Cross and The Care Forum.

In her free time she enjoys running and is a run director at Chipping Sodbury parkrun. Ellen believes that patients should be at the heart of decisions about their own care and advocates for patient leadership in the development of health and social care services.

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott was appointed as the Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England (South) in April 2014 and also leads a number of national commissioning work streams including continence.

Following qualification, Sarah practiced as a nurse in a range of hospital settings including intensive care. She later developed an interest in health promotion and public health and trained as a Health Visitor and Practice Teacher in Brighton.

She has held several Director of Nursing posts in a number of organisations within the South in community/mental health Trusts and commissioning organisations.

In addition to leading the agenda for commissioning for quality and safety in NHS services across the south, Sarah has initiated multiple patient and public involvement activities.

Alongside Sarah’s professional working life, Sarah has undertaken voluntary work with Youth Offending teams and the Alzheimer’s Society. She is also an accredited coach and special advisor to the CQC.

Sharon Eustice

Sharon Eustice is a Nurse Consultant at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s the Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service. She specialises in the diagnosis and conservative treatment of urinary and bowel continence conditions for all populations.

Kath Evans

Kath Evans, RGN, RSCN, MSc (Nursing), PG Dip (Education), BSc (Hons), PG Dip (Management), Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Accredited Coach, is NHS England’s Experience of Care Lead – Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People.

She is a registered general and children’s nurse and her career has included clinical, educational, managerial and service improvement roles.

She is committed to ensuring the voices of children, young people, families/carers and maternity service users are heard in their care and in the design, delivery and commissioning of services.

Navina Evans

Dr Navina Evans MBBS, DCH, MRCPsych is one of the first female, ethnic minority chief executives in the NHS and was appointed CEO at East London NHS Foundation Trust in August 2016.

She led it to “Trust of the Year” in 2016-17 and to be rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.

She was previously the Trust’s Director of Operations & Deputy CEO, and before that Director for Mental Health.

Navina was formerly Lead Clinician for Newham CAMHS and then Clinical Director Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, East London Foundation Trust.

She has involvement in Medical Education at Barts and The London Medical School as Honorary Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean, and Academic Year Tutor.

Her extensive clinical experience is in CAMHS Psychiatry and Paediatrics. Her interests include leadership, improving the way healthcare is delivered and learning from sources beyond healthcare.

Jonathon Fagge

Jonathon originally qualified as a Barrister in 2005, and then joined the Pharmaceutical Industry – working across licensing, marketing, finance, legal and compliance. He left the industry in 2001 to set up a consultancy firm, and worked with NHS customers across the East of England – General Practice, NHS Providers; and PCTs. Services were focused on business development and organisational efficiency; large scale procurements; health system development; and GP Appraisal and Revalidation.

In 2010 Jonathon joined Norwich Practice Based Commissioning Group, and managed the transition to CCGs. He worked with the shadow CCG in Norwich as Programme Director, then Deputy Chief Officer. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in August 2012.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.

He is Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. Paul is also a trustee at Lloyds Bank Foundation which invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives.

Paul is Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce – bringing together health and care leaders and experts in the field, including people using services, to lead a programme of work to create a mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England.

Paul has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

Kate Fayers

Dr Kate Fayers is a consultant diabetologist who leads Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s West Hampshire community diabetes service.

Kate is involved in the Better Local Care (Hampshire) vanguard, working with partners to ensure appropriate access to specialist diabetes care and to promote patient self-management.

Follow Kate on Twitter: @drkatefayers.

Dr Nadim Fazlani

Dr Nadim Fazlani is Chair of Liverpool CCG and has been a GP in Kensington Liverpool for the past 22 years, having worked in the NHS since 1983.

A Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, he was Chair of Liverpool Health Care Practice Based Consortium from 2006 – 2011 and Chair of Liverpool Central Clinical Consortium from 2011 to 2012, before being elected as Chair of Liverpool CCG.

He has also been a long standing GP trainer and an examiner for MRCGP conducted by Royal College of General Practitioners since 2004.

In addition, he is also a performance assessor for General Medical Council, a role he has undertaken since 2005.

David Fearnley

Dr David Fearnley was appointed Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in 2001, at Ashworth Hospital, one of three high security hospitals in England.

He was appointed Medical Director for Mersey Care NHS Trust in 2005, where he was also seconded as Medical Director for Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (May 2015-July 2016).

A former Psychiatrist of the Year (2009) by the Inaugural Royal College of Psychiatrists, David also received the Healthcare Financial Management Association (in association with the Academy of Royal Colleges) ‘Working with Finance – Clinician of the Year’ award (2013).

He was named in HSJs “100 Clinical Leaders List” (2015) as Mersey Care Trust’s driving force behind an international partnership with The Risk Authority, Stanford, and Lockton insurance brokers to manage and predict risk in mental health.

In 2016, David was appointed Associate National Clinical Director for Secure Mental Health and Chair of the Adult Secure Clinical Reference Group, NHS England.

Dr Jill Firth

Dr Jill Firth is a Consultant Nurse in Rheumatalogy and Director for Service Improvement at the Pennine Musculoskeletal Partnership Ltd in Oldham and was elected President of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology in 2016.

She has worked in rheumatology since 1997 including a period leading education and research at the University of Leeds (2004-2011) as Senior Research Fellow in Long Term Conditions and Lead Postgraduate Research Tutor for the School of Health care.

Jill has contributed to the development of specialist nursing nationally and internationally through education, research and publications.

Michaela Firth

Michaela’s career started in Milton Keynes Hospital Pathology lab when it opened in 1984. She studied biochemistry and worked in both private and NHS laboratories before taking up roles in customer service, sales and marketing, during which time she gained post-graduate qualifications in marketing and public relations.

Since rejoining the NHS in 2000 Michaela has held various roles from PCTs, to Dept. of Health, including Communications Manager for NHS Direct, Assistant Director for Southern National Primary Care Development Team supporting PCTs with quality improvement and facilitating change. She programme managed for the South Central PCT Alliance including work to determine behaviours of patients utilising urgent care services. She also lectures and trains in social marketing and has contributed to key documents for the Department of Health and the National Social Marketing Centre.

During a secondment to the Department of Health as a National Coach, she worked with Sir John Oldham, supporting NHS QIPP Long Term Conditions and Urgent Care programmes.

Her current role is in NHS England for the Thames Valley SCN, allowing her to capitalise on her networking passion and develop the network for change and improvement in the area of Children and Maternity services – subjects both very close to her heart.

She is closely involved in spreading the messages of NHS Change Day 2014 having been part of the core team for the first NHS Change Day last year.

Jo Fitzgerald

Jo Fitzgerald is a co-founder of Peoplehub Community Interest Company, a network of people with direct experience of Personal Health Budgets.

Peoplehub was set up in 2012 to give a voice to people who want, or already have, a personal health budget. It aims to connect and empower people and to influence the development of personal health budgets by working collaboratively with NHS England and other partner organisations.

Jo’s life was profoundly transformed when Mitchell was born in 1992 with a severe disability and complex health needs. The experience of being Mitchell’s mum has largely influenced the direction of her life; it has shaped her beliefs, values and life choices. Mitchell was one of the first people in England to have a personal health budget and has spent the last six years actively spreading the word.

Jo leads the National Personal Health Budget Peer Network for NHS England and is a regular speaker at national events.

Richard Fluck

Richard Fluck is National Clinical Director for Renal Disease for NHS England.

Richard trained at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College, qualifying in 1985. Early training was undertaken in the East London area before moving into research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He was appointed a British Heart Foundation fellow whilst exploring the link between cardiovascular disease, calcium signalling and abnormalities of calcium metabolism in chronic kidney disease. He returned to the Royal London Hospital as Lecturer and honorary Senior Registrar in Nephrology

In 1996 Richard took up post at Derby City Hospital as a single handed nephrologist. Over the next decade, the department expanded and developed a strong clinical research and safety programme. As a whole, the department has interests in cardiovascular consequences of CKD and dialysis, infection and vascular access. As part of the team, he is involved in the coordination of two cohort studies looking at chronic kidney disease in primary care (RRID) and the short and long term consequences of acute kidney injury (ARID). More recent projects include the development of PROMs for renal patients and developing home therapies for patients on dialysis.

Within the acute trust he has been clinical lead for renal disease for 15 years and clinical director for medicine. He has been the clinical lead for the East Midlands Renal Network and worked with the DH and HPA on infection in renal disease. He was also the clinical lead for the Kidney Care National audit on vascular access and transport in the haemodialysis population.

Dr Matthew Fogarty

Dr Matthew Fogarty is currently NHS England’s Head of Patient Safety Policy and Strategy. Prior to this he was Head of Patient Safety Policy in the Department of Health.

Matt held a number of roles as a DH Civil Servant, including as a Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Health, and as policy lead on Emergency Preparedness and Urgent and Emergency Care.

Before joining the Civil Service, Matt was a research scientist and gained his PhD in Developmental Neuroscience at University College London in 2006.

Kim Forey

Kim Forey leads on the personalisation agenda as the Director of Integration. This is a new joint post working across both Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Professor Graham Foster

Professor Graham Foster is Professor of Hepatology at Queen Mary University of London and the clinical lead for hepatology at Barts Health. Professor Foster was the founding President of The British Viral Hepatitis Group, a past President of the British Association for the Study of The Liver and is a trustee of the Hepatitis C Trust. He was appointed as National Clinical Chair for the Hepatitis C Delivery Networks in January 2016.

Jill Fraser

Jill Fraser is Chief Executive and Co-founder of the healthcare charity, Kissing it Better .

She trained at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and during her training was awarded a scholarship by The Kings Fund to work in America.

The experience gave her an interest in medical journalism and, before starting Kissing it Better, for 25 years she presented health features for many programmes on television and radio including Woman’s Hour, Newsround and Breakfast Time for the BBC.

Kissing it Better has won The Nursing Times Care of Older People award, and in March this year, Jill won the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at The Patient Experience Network National Awards.

As well as regular visits to hospitals and care homes as part of Kissing it Better, Jill speaks at conferences across the country and writes articles for national newspapers and magazines.

Amy Frounks

Amy Frounks is a member of NHS England’s Youth Forum, a young person representative in NHS England’s Children and Young People rehabilitation working group and an NHS service user.

Sabrina Fuller

Sabrina Fuller is Head of Health Improvement in the Nursing Directorate.

She leads on health visitor service transformation for Hilary Garratt and Jane Cummings.

Her role in the organisation is to embed prevention in the clinical role of nurses in line with the Forward View and the NHS Mandate, building on her own experience as a clinician and her public health background.

Hilary Garratt

Hilary Garratt BSc, MSc, RGN, RHV, PGCE is the Director of Nursing in NHS England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England, supporting Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Hilary leads a nursing and midwifery team in NHS England that focuses on a number of national statutory functions and professional development priority areas.

She is a registered Nurse and Health Visitor with over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS. Hilary has held a number of director posts and a deputy chief executive post in both Commissioning and Provision and has been working at National Director level for the last four years.

She also volunteers for BBC Children in Need and is a committee member that undertakes grant making for the North of England. A mother to three, she is also a trustee of a charity, “Giving to Gambia” and enjoys working in the Gambia for a short time each year as a volunteer to support initiatives that improve health and wellbeing.

Follow Hilary on Twitter: @HilaryGarratt.

Dr David Geddes

Dr David Geddes qualified at the Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel) in 1987.

Married to a nurse, he has three children, and lives in York where he is a GP partner in a small (5,200) practice working one day a week.

He has a special interest in mental health and got into ‘clinical management’ in fundholding days, then he was a PCG member. He was PEC member of Selby and York PCT, before becoming appointed initially as medical Director for Selby and York PCT, (2004-2007) then Medical Director and Director of Primary Care in North Yorkshire and York PCT (2007-2012)

He was appointed as head of Primary care Commissioning in the Operations department in November 2012.

He is a medical panellist for GMC Fitness to practice hearings, a non-executive of Medipex – a healthcare innovation hub, and a trustee for a number of mental health charities

Nicci Gerrard

Nicci Gerrard is a journalist who for two decades worked on The Observer. She describes herself as a novelist, (she writes psychological thrillers with Sean French under the name of Nicci French as well as solo novels in her own name), a humanist celebrant, and now a campaigner. She has four children.

Debra Gilderdale

Debra Gilderdale is Deputy Director of Bradford District NHS Care Foundation Trust and is responsible for acute and community mental health, CAMHS, IAPT and learning disabilities.

Her role includes the transformation of services across all teams, including acute and crisis mental health, taking a whole-system integrated approach to providing high quality care.

Debra is also leading on the Urgent and Emergency Care Mental Health Liaison Vanguard for West Yorkshire, and is a Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative specialist lead for Transformation and Improvement.

Tracey Grainger

Tracey Grainger is Head of Digital Primary Care Development at NHS England with responsibility for supporting transformation across general practice and child health information services. This includes supporting services with a choice of high quality clinical IT systems, tailored to local requirements, while enabling the flexibility and innovation to meet current and future service needs of our patients and citizens.

She has over 24 years’ experience within the NHS that has involved leading service management, performance improvement and large scale transformational change programmes both enabled through technology and organisational development. Tracey has worked across national, regional and local levels in a variety of health care settings.

She is currently supporting the digital programme within the Estates and Technology Fund to support the delivery of new and enhanced technology solutions that will significantly improve patients’ access to services through innovative care models, making them available through digital enablement to all users of health and care data to support the delivery of better, safer care.

Peter Grainger

Peter Grainger is a Patient and Public Involvement representative at St Mark’s Hospital, part of North West London Healthcare Trust. He and his family are affected by a genetic disease, so when the Trust joined the North Thames Genomic Medicine Centre in September, he stepped forward to explain how genetic science is driving improvements in personalised medicine – and what it means to the Grainger family.

Dr Kate Granger

Before losing her five year fight with a rare type of cancer in July 2016, Kate Granger, 34, was a Consultant in Medicine for Older People at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Launched in 2014 and presented annually at the Health and Innovation Expo, the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards are a lasting legacy to her inspirational #hellomynameis campaign.

Kate was passionate about quality improvement and she used her experiences and observations as a patient to raise awareness and drive up the standard of care delivered by the NHS.

The #hellomynameis campaign, launched in 2013 by Kate and her husband Chris Pointon, came as a result of staff failing to introduce themselves when they were caring for her.

Kate jokingly said she thought the campaign would “amount to one or two tweets and then fizzle out”. Instead it became a national campaign, winning the support of over 130 organisations, including NHS Trusts across England, Scotland and Wales, before becoming a global phenomenon – with #hellomynameis receiving more than 1.5billion Twitter impressions.

Kate, who wrote books as well as posting tweets and blogs regularly about her experiences of illness, also raised £200,000 with her husband which was donated to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE is the Chairman of NHS England.

Sir Malcolm is also Chancellor of the University of York, and immediate past President and Provost of UCL (University College London) from 2003-2013. He is a barrister and a Bencher of Middle Temple.

As an academic lawyer he specialised in planning, property and environmental law, and was Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy (1991-2003) and pro-vice chancellor (2002-03) of Cambridge University, and professorial fellow of Clare College.

He has served as Chair of the Local Government Commission for England, of the Agriculture and Environmental Biotechnology Commission and the Russell Group. He is currently a trustee of Somerset House, a director of Genomics England Ltd and a UK Business Ambassador.

Professor Huon Gray

Professor Huon Gray MD FRCP FESC FACC is National Clinical Director for Heart Disease for NHS England, a position he has held since 2013.

Huon was appointed consultant adult and interventional cardiologist to Southampton University Hospital in 1989. He was President of the British Cardiac Society (2003-2005) and co-chaired the Department. of Health’s National Infarct Angioplasty Project (2006-2008) which led to the subsequent roll out of primary PCI for ST elevation myocardial infarction.

He was clinical adviser to NICE on acute coronary syndromes (2007-2010), and chaired its guideline on ST elevation myocardial infarction (2011-2013). He chaired the International Council of the American College of Cardiology (2008-2013) and sat on the ACC’s Board of Trustees (2012-2016).

Huon is honorary professor at Queen Mary’s University, and University College, London, and has published on various aspects of cardiology and health service delivery. He was Deputy and then Interim National Clinical Director for Heart Disease at the Department of Health (2007-2012).

Matthew Greene

Matthew Greene graduated in 2013 from the University of Salford with a degree in Finance & Accounting which involved a 12 month student placement at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

After graduating, Matthew moved to work at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group where he is now Programme Project Accountant and is studying for CIMA. Matthew is also a Future Focused Finance Value Maker, member of the FSD NW Student Forum and Student Representative on the HFMA NW Branch Committee.

Charles Greenough

Charles Greenough qualified as a doctor from Queens’ College, Cambridge and University College Hospital, London. He trained as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, London and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. Specialist spinal training was also undertaken at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia.

He is also a Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Professor of Spinal Studies at the University of Durham and undertakes lecturing work in the U.K and Internationally. He is Past President of the Spine Society of Europe. He is also Clinical Director of the Golden Jubilee Regional Spinal Cord Injuries Centre at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

In his previous role as National Clinical Director for Spinal Disorders in April 2013 – March 2016 his vision was to promote a seamless care pathway for patients with low back pain or sciatica across the NHS to reduce long term disability and multiple ineffective therapies. He is currently chair of the Improving Spinal Care Project, NHS England. The project aims to implement the National Back Pain and Radicular Pain Pathway, and to give effect to spinal surgery networks.

Principal research interests have been spinal trauma, spinal cord injury and low back pain.

Hobbies include fell walking and family life.

Dr Jon Griffiths

Dr Jonathan Griffiths is a GP at Swanlow Practice in Winsford, Cheshire, and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG.

He qualified from Manchester University in 1994 and worked as a junior doctor in the West Midlands, completing his GP training in South Birmingham.

He then worked as a GP for 7 years in South Staffordshire, where for a while he was involved as a member of the Professional Executive Committee for the local PCT.

In 2005 he moved to work at Swanlow Practice in Winsford.

Jon has been involved in commissioning in Vale Royal since Practice Based Commissioning (PBC) first developed a few years ago, and was Chair of Vale Royal PBC group before the NHS reforms led to the creation of Clinical Commissioning Groups.

He is a member on the board of the North West Leadership Academy.

Jon’s professional interests include GP commissioning and Clinical Leadership.

Outside of work he spends time with his wife and daughters, and enjoys being outside, particularly if that involves walking (or running) up a hill!.

Chris Ham

Chris leads The King’s Fund’s work. He rejoined the Fund in 2010, having previously worked here between 1986 and 1992.

He has held posts at the universities of Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds and is currently emeritus professor at the University of Birmingham. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and The Royal College of General Practitioners.

Chris was director of the strategy unit in the Department of Health between 2000 and 2004, has advised the WHO and the World Bank, and has acted as a consultant to a number of governments. He has been a non-executive director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, and a governor of the Health Foundation and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Chris researches and writes on all aspects of health reform and is a sought-after speaker. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for his services to the NHS and an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 2012.

Dr Angela Hamblin

Dr Angela Hamblin is currently working as a Molecular Diagnostic Research Fellow with Prof Anna Schuh in the Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre. She trained in medicine at Oxford University Medical School and undertook a PhD in Cancer Immunotherapy with Prof Martin Glennie and Prof Peter Johnson in the Cancer Sciences Division, University of Southampton.

She is completing a Specialist Registrar rotation in Haematology in the Oxford Deanery. Dr Hamblin is particularly interested in the translation of next generation sequencing techniques from research into routine clinical practice for patients with (particularly haematological) malignancies in order to improve patient outcomes.

Professor Nick Harding OBE

Professor Nick Harding OBE is Chair for Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, actively involved in primary care transformation and leadership development, recognised nationally by awards for its delivery. Nick undertakes a number of roles, locally (Aston Medical School honorary senior lecturer), regionally (LETC member, stroke review, Primary Care Leadership development programme) and nationally (co-chair specialised commissioning, Health Education Advisor, New Models of Care Evaluator and Nuffield leadership panel).

Professor Harding established Modality Partnership (formerly known as Vitality and also a MCP vanguard) with GP colleagues to improve quality of care in the inner city setting of Birmingham, and build a new sustainable type of primary care model for the future. This Super-Partnership is now one of the largest GP provider organisations, with close to 100,000 patients.

Dr Sam Hare

Dr Sam Hare is a consultant chest radiologist at Barnet Hospital, which is part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He is also one of the lead radiologists for the London Cancer lung pathway board, responsible for improving regional lung cancer outcomes and patient experience.

Sam studied medicine at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge and Imperial College School of Medicine, gaining a 1st class honours degree.

After completing formal radiology training in the UK between 2004-2009 he undertook a thoracic radiology fellowship in North America (2009-2010). Sam was subsequently appointed to the position of consultant thoracic radiologist at The Ottawa Hospital in Canada specialising in: (i) complex lung biopsy techniques and (ii) lung cancer screening & diagnosis. He returned to the UK NHS in 2011 and currently runs the innovative ambulatory lung biopsy service at the Royal Free London NHS Trust.

Dr Hare’s technical lung biopsy expertise has been acknowledged as providing earlier lung cancer diagnosis in a wider range of patients. The novel ambulatory lung biopsy service was awarded the inaugural NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Cancer Care in 2016 in addition to the 2016 BMJ Award for Cancer Care Team of the Year (sponsored by Macmillan Cancer). Sam’s work has also gained national recognition in Thorax, one of the world’s leading respiratory medicine journals, as well as in the Times newspaper and BBC news (August 2015).

Sam is currently focused on leading wider NHS adoption of ‘ambulatory lung biopsy’ and is working closely with NHS England to achieve this. As part of this ambition, he has established a national lung biopsy education course (POBAS) that will train clinicians from other hospitals to use the innovative technique. For more details please visit

Professor Chris Harrison

Professor Chris Harrison is NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Cancer and he is Medical Director (Strategy) for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.

He qualified in Medicine from Manchester and, following experience in both hospital medicine and primary care, trained in epidemiology and public health.

Chris held a series of Director of Public Health Posts in Lancashire before becoming Cancer Director for the North West Region in 2000, and then Medical Director of Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority in 2002.

He became Executive Medical Director at The Christie from 2006 until 2013 when he moved to London becoming Medical Director at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust before returning to Manchester in March 2016.

Between 2011 and 2013 Chris was seconded part time from his role at The Christie to be Clinical Director for Cancer to NHS London.

Ollie Hart

Ollie Hart is a GP partner in Sheffield at the Sloan Medical Centre.

He is the clinical lead for Sheffield’s person-centred care work stream, and chair of the ‘Sheffield Move More’ board.

He believes in creating systems that make it easier for people to be active and activated.

Sam Haskell

Sam works as the Housing and Integration Policy Lead at the Department of Health. He is the organisation’s lead for housing and health/care issues.

His previous role was at Public Health England (PHE) as the national lead for work, worklessness and health. Before joining PHE, Sam worked in the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice in a variety of different roles. Between 2011 and 2013 he completed the Government graduate scheme – The Civil Service Fast Stream – as an internal candidate.

Sam recently completed an MSc in Health Policy at Imperial College London. He received the Dean’s Prize for his dissertation on pet ownership and health in later life. He now lives and works in London with his partner.

Lynne Hawksworth

Lynne Hawksworth is Secretary and Trustee of Knitted Knockers UK and is a retired Head of English, a mum of two and granna of four.

Shehan Hettiaratchy

Shehan Hettiaratchy is the clinical lead for the Veterans Trauma Network.

He is the Lead Surgeon and Major Trauma Director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London.

He has developed the VTN together with Richard Swarbrick, National Lead Armed Forces and Families & MOD Health Transition, NHS England.

Shehan has served in the British Army since he left school and is currently a reservist serving with Airborne Forces. He was deployed to Afghanistan twice.

Jenny Hicken

Jenny Hicken is a Network Delivery Facilitator for the Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks. She currently leads on maternity for the SCN, coordinating projects across the North East and North Cumbria. Other interests include child health, particularly early years, and the role of social media in health.

She joined the NHS in 2009, working for the North East Primary Care Services Agency as a Patient Services Officer. Prior to this she was a Retail Manager looking for a change in career.

Jenny has a degree in Linguistics from Newcastle University but always had an interest in healthcare. She has undertaken self-study with the Open University taking courses in human biology, infectious diseases, and biological psychology.

She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her husband, who is a teacher, their four year old son Joseph, and two cats. She is expecting her second child in July 2015.

Dr Julie Higgins

Julie has held a number of NHS positions including Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Public Health in PCTs; she led the development of CCGs in Greater Manchester. She has been the Regional Director of Commissioning in NHS England as well as and has been SRO for large scale hospital reconfigurations following hospital merger to improve child and maternity services. Julie was Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Public Health Network which carried out a number of ground breaking public health initiatives including the development of the Greater Manchester Health Commission.

Before joining the NHS, Julie worked at London University in the field of immunology after gaining her PhD. Julie is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. She has a strong commitment to reducing health inequalities and alongside her working life has undertaken voluntary work with Youth Offending Teams.

In her Current role as Director of Transformation/SRO Learning Disabilities she is leading on:- Reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes for people with Learning Disabilities; Improving services and reducing reliance on hospital beds, for people with learning disabilities and/or autism with mental health issues and/or behaviours that challenge.

Professor Sue Hill

Professor Sue Hill OBE PhD DSc CBiol FSB Hon FRCP Hon FRCPath is the NHS Chief Scientific Officer for England, the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 50 separate scientific specialisms. Sue is a respiratory scientist by background with an international academic research reputation.

She has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities across NHS England and the wider NHS, providing professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the whole health and care system. In particular, she is providing the clinical leadership for the development of genomic interventions in the NHS alongside the 100,000 Genomes Project.

A significant part of Sue’s role involves working across government, with the Department of Health, with the NHS, Public Health and Health Education England and other external stakeholders to inform policy, influence legislation, deliver strategic change and to introduce new and innovative ways of working. She is also the senior responsible officer for Home Oxygen and has been joint National Clinical Director for Respiratory Disease.

Julian Hill

Julian is an experienced nurse with 30 years in the fields of learning disabilities and mental health.

He works independently and is firmly committed to the principles of Care and Treatment Reviews.

He believes that people with a learning disability, autism or both should almost never be admitted to hospital. If there is no other option; then it is only appropriate to admit when the person has very clear treatment outcomes and a discharge package in place

Dr Selwyn Hodge

Dr Selwyn Hodge is co-Chair of the Self Care Forum.

Having trained as a research organic chemist, he qualified as a teacher and became Deputy Head of a large 11-18 comprehensive school.

Selwyn then returned to higher education, as a research fellow for a Government technical and vocational education initiative, and a lecturer in chemistry education in initial teacher training.

His next move was into local government, firstly as a schools science adviser and then Chief Education Adviser and Deputy Director of Education. During this timehe was closely involved in public health initiatives.

Later Selwyn became an inspector of schools for OFSTED.

He was previously Chair of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and a Board member of the National Association of Clubs for Young People. And was also Honorary Editor of the RSPH Journal Perspectives in Public Health.

Currently he is Chair of Ambition, a leading UK youth charity, and an adviser to the Public Health England Well North Programme.

Isabel Hodkinson

Isabel Hodkinson is a GP principal in Tower Hamlets, where much of the care for people with LTCs is delivered through enhanced service funding for packages of care via GP networks.

She is on the Tower Hamlets CCG board as lead for informatics and is the RCGP Clinical Champion for Care and Support planning.

John Holden

John Holden was previously Director of Policy, Partnerships and Innovation, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.

Janice Holt

Janice Holt is a retired teacher with a passion for music and a love of dogs.

She volunteered at St George’s Community Centre prior to working with the Care Homes Vanguard in Wakefield.

In addition, Janice also volunteers twice a week at a Wakefield District Housing Independent Living scheme.

Emily Holzhausen OBE

Emily Holzhausen OBE is the Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Carers UK, who she has been with since 1996, and is one of the country’s foremost experts on carers’ issues.

She is responsible for the organisation’s UK and England strategic development and direction of policy, research, campaigning, parliamentary and media work.

Emily leads on advice and awareness for the charity – supporting tens of thousands of carers each year through its Adviceline services. She is also responsible for Carers Week, one of the UK’s biggest awareness weeks.

Emily has developed and led different campaigns which have resulted in new legislation, policy or practice to improve the lives of carers.

She was a trustee of the Fawcett Society for six years and, prior to her role at Carers UK, she was responsible for public affairs work at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Emily was awarded an OBE for services to carers in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

Jo Hooper

Jo Hooper is the Operations Manager for Hampshire’s Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme, which is called My Life My Way.

She qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse and has since worked for the NHS and Local Authority, primarily with people who have lived experience of living with a learning disability, but more recently as a Project Manager and then a Team Manager for social workers supporting young people through transition.

In her current role Jo has worked very closely with families to trial the new processes being championed by IPC.

Jonathon Hope MBE

Over the last 10 years Jonathon has chaired or co-chaired a number of national and local health care improvement projects, and has spoken widely on person centred care, self care, self-management, patient participation and activation

Jonathon was diagnosed with kidney failure in his teens – over 30 years ago. He experienced 15 years on dialysis, much of it on a kidney machine at home. He currently has a fourth transplant which is working well

Jonathon has recently been appointed as co-chair to a national programme looking at increasing activation and self-management support for people living with long term conditions.

Michelle Hope

Michelle Hope trained as a nurse at the University of Chester in 2000. Her nursing career has been focused within the specialties of haematology and oncology and she has most recently worked as a ward sister at University College London Hospital.

The ward sister role is one in which the competing priorities of leader and manager exist. Michelle is now focusing on the leadership element of an exciting new chapter in her career through her Darzi fellowship as Quality Improvement Nurse. The role spans across UCLPartners addressing pressure ulcer prevention, and her vision is to develop a brand, ‘Help Nurses Care’, building upon elements of practice which have demonstrated success and removing those which have not.

Dr Karen Horridge

Dr Karen Horridge is a Paediatrician (Disability) in Sunderland and the Chair of the British Academy of Childhood Disability.

You can follow the British Academy of Childhood Disability on Twitter at @BACD_tweets.

Philip Howard

Philip Howard is Consultant Pharmacist in Antimicrobials at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds University, and is currently seconded part time to NHS England as an Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection project lead.

Philip has been active in the field of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) for many years. He has been involved in the development of national AMS guidance for primary care and hospitals, the national Antimicrobial Prescribing and Stewardship Competences.

He is a member of the UKCPA Pharmacy Infection Network, BSAC Council, ESCMID AMS committee and has represented FIP on the WHO AMR Strategy. He is also a spokesman for the RPS on antimicrobials.

Clare Howard

Clare Howard is Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England and is leading the work on Medicines Optimisation for NHS England. Clare first started working in pharmacy at the age of 16 and since then has worked with community pharmacists, primary and secondary care.

Sharon Howard

Sharon Howard is an Administrative Support Officer for NHS England’s Strategic Clinical Networks in the Thames Valley. She has worked for the NHS since 2010, starting as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in Biochemistry. She also worked as a Healthcare Assistant in Radiology before moving into her first administrative role in Clinical Genetics.

Ellie Huckle

Ellie Huckle shared her story with NHS England on what it’s like to live with Type 1 diabetes.

Ruth Hudson

Ruth Hudson is a member of NHS England’s Insight Team, focussed on gathering patient feedback to improve services and is passionate about making feedback methods inclusive.

Lindsey Hughes

Lindsey Hughes has been the Improving Rehabilitation Services Programme Lead at NHS England since 2014.

A registered Orthoptist, during her clinical practice she specialised in the visual rehabilitation of adults and children. In her 21 years of NHS service she has held various clinical and professional leadership roles in research, teaching and service delivery.

She held a number of roles in the British and Irish Orthoptic Society including a term of office as Vice Chairman following which she was awarded a fellowship of the society.

Lindsey is an honorary lecturer with the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics at the University of Sheffield.

Mike Hurley

Professor Michael Hurley, Clinical Director – Musculoskeletal Programme

Health Innovation Network (Academic Health Science Network for South London)

Mike Hurley qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985. He was Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Physiotherapy at Kings College London until moving to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at St George’s University of London in 2010.

His areas of interest are devising and evaluating exercise-based rehabilitation chronic joint pain, rheumatic conditions, falls and dementia. He has conducted several large trials in primary and secondary care. He works closely with healthcare users, clinicians and commissioners to ensure the interventions developed are clinically practicable, in order to facilitate wide clinical implementation.

He has published over 65 papers. In July 2013 he was appointed Clinical Director for the Musculoskeletal Programme of the Health Innovation Network South London (an Academic Health Science Network) to promote implementation of best practice for people with musculoskeletal conditions across the twelve South London boroughs.

ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic knee and/or hip pain. It has an extensive evidence base that shows it is effective, cost-effective and popular, with large potential savings in healthcare. As of August 2016 it was being delivered in almost 30 centres across the UK and over 2000 people had benefitted.

Peter Huskinson

Peter Huskinson is the National Commercial Director of Specialised Commissioning at NHS England. He joined the NHS in 2003 after a successful career in industry, and has worked in a range of commissioning and transformation roles with responsibility for primary, community acute and mental health care. He co-chairs NHS England’s National Programme of Care Board for Blood and Infection overseeing the work of clinical reference groups in infection, immunity and haematology.

Dr Paul Husselbee

Dr Paul Husselbee is Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) of NHS Southend CCG and has been a GP in Southend for 23 years, having been born and brought up in the town.

He is also co-chair of the Quality Working Group of the NHS Commissioning Assembly, was a member of the Keogh Review Board and sits on the Quality and Clinical Risk committee, a sub-committees of the Board of NHS England.

He has been CCO in Southend since October 2012 – a small CCG with around 180,000 patients, co-terminus with Southend Unitary Local Authority and served by a single acute hospital. He has always had a keen interest in the managerial side of the health service, previously being GP advisor to Southend University Hospital, then Co-Chair of the PEC of Southend PCT.

Will Huxter

Will Huxter is Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning (London) at NHS England and currently chair of the NHS England Gender Task & Finish Group.

Prior to joining NHS England in June 2014, Will worked in a range of commissioning roles within the NHS, and for five years at an NHS Trust.

He has also spent eight years working in the voluntary sector.

Dr Richard Iles

Dr Richard Iles is a consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Previously he was a consultant at Addenbrookes’ Hospital in Cambridge.

He held an Honorary Lecturer post in Health Economics at the School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, UEA in Norwich from 2004-2010.

In 2013 he became the clinical lead for the high impact change asthma project for the East of England SCN MNCYP and is the clinical lead for National Paediatric Asthma Collaborative, NHS England, and is Clinical Advisor to the Paediatric Asthma Quality Improvement Program for the Health London Partnership.

Candace Imison

Candace Imison joined the Nuffield Trust in December 2014.

Candace was previously Deputy Director of Policy at The King’s Fund where she researched and published on a wide range of topics including future healthcare trends, service reconfiguration, workforce planning, polyclinics, community health services and referral management.

Candace has extensive senior management experience in the NHS, including at board level for providers and commissioners. She was director of strategy for a large acute trust and director of commissioning for large health authority.

Candace worked on strategy and policy at the Department of Health between 2000 and 2006, including work for the Modernisation Agency leading a workforce modernisation initiative. She is currently a non-executive director of a large NHS Foundation Trust.

Candace holds a master’s degree in health economics and health policy from Birmingham University and a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University.

Jeremy Isaacs

Jeremy Isaacs is a consultant neurologist at St George’s and Kingston Hospitals and is dementia clinical lead at St George’s Hospital. He studied medicine at Cambridge and UCL; his PhD was on the immunology of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

Jeremy has a specialist interest in cognitive neurology and dementia. He runs a multi-disciplinary cognitive neurology service at St George’s Hospital offering diagnosis, treatment and support for all types of cognitive disorder, including young-onset and atypical dementias. He has developed a pioneering support group for people living with young onset dementia ( He is currently working with the London Dementia Clinical Network to support memory services in reducing waiting times for assessment and diagnosis.

Jeremy is a member of the NICE dementia clinical guideline (update) committee. He is co-authoring the chapter on Memory Disorders and Dementia for the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry. He has published on clinical and molecular aspects of neurological disorders, prion biology and the history of medicine. He has research interests in clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, repurposing of drugs for dementia and delirium and the neuropsychology of functional cognitive disorders.

Mel Ive

Mel Ive is the Hospital Broadcasting Association Regions Manager and Trustee as well as Chairperson for Hospital Radio Wexham. She has over 18 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, and is passionate, that no matter what age, experience or skills a volunteer has, all volunteers have the opportunities to develop, and has the philosophy “whatever you put in, you get out!”.

The Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA), more formally known as the National Association of Hospital Broadcasting Organisations (NAHBO), is the national charity that supports and promotes Hospital Broadcasting in the UK.

Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson was appointed as Chief Finance Officer for Liverpool CCG in August 2012.

Before that he fulfilled a number of senior financial roles for NHS Merseyside including Locality Director of Finance for Liverpool PCT and NHS Sefton.

He has worked in NHS financial management for over 20 years. After graduating with a degree in Economics he joined the NHS as a Graduate Financial Management Trainee working in hospitals around Liverpool.

Upon qualification as an accountant he continued to work in Liverpool hospitals before a move to Commissioning in Wigan with the advent of PCGs and PCTs. In 2007 he returned to Merseyside firstly as Deputy Director and then as Director of Finance for NHS Sefton.

Tom is currently the Senior Responsible Officer for the Healthy Liverpool health and social care transformation programme.

Dr Graham Jackson

Dr Graham Jackson is GP Principal and Clinical Chair of Aylesbury Vale CCG and has worked within Buckinghamshire continually since 1988.

He became a partner at Whitehill Surgery in 1991 and still thoroughly enjoys the challenge that primary care provides.

In 1994 he brought together a group of local colleagues to found AYDDOC, an Out of Hours GP co-operative, of which he was Medical Manager for 10 years. He has been an LMC (Local Medical Committee) member since 1995.

From 1992 to 2003 he was a Hospital Practitioner in Psychiatry and Chaired Neurolink (a national board of mental health experts providing educational material) for several years.

Dr Jackson has been involved in health service provision in Buckinghamshire for a number of years having previously been Managing Director of Bucks Urgent Care and former chair of Vale Health (a GP Provider company).

He remains a member of the Formulary Management Group for Bucks, and has joined the CCG Development Group with NHS England, and is a member of the Steering Group for the NHS Commissioning Assembly.

He is also a member of Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board and the Strategic Clinical Network oversight committee for Thames Valley.

Jacq Emkes

Jacq Emkes is a maths teacher and lives in Bedfordshire.

She is a patient advocate for continence care, speaking at events across the UK to raise awareness of issues for bladder and bowel patients.

Jacq is a patient champion for the It’s Personal campaign, which calls for better services and support for people with bladder and bowel problems.

She is also a patient advocate for NHS England’s Excellence In Continence Care Programme Board and has contributed to the Excellence in Continence Care guidance.

Ursula James

Ursula James joined the IAPT Programme in NHS England in June 2016 and has an extensive background in mental health, having trained as a nurse in 1991. She worked in acute mental health care for many years and completed extensive training in therapy before moving into IAPT services in 2009.

Ursula has worked as a Clinical Lead and IAPT Service Manager focusing on quality improvement and, before joining NHS England, was the regional Recovery Lead for the South West IAPT Clinical Network.

Ursula works on national policy developments of the IAPT programme, most notably this year has been the expansion into integrated IAPT services into physical health pathways, and is a specialist clinical advisor for the CQC.

Paul Jebb

Paul Jebb registered as a nurse in 1996 and has held several senior leadership roles within nursing and operational management in the NHS and voluntary sector.

He supports the development and advancement of nursing by being a Care Maker, member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional standards advisory group, and ambassador for the Mary Seacole statue appeal.

Paul now leads on Action Area 2 of the Compassion in Practice strategy, looking at developing  co-production of Always Events within the NHS and works with the national patient experience team delivering NHS England commitment to carers, specifically with a lead on older carers.

Prior to this Paul was the Assistant Director of Nursing (Patient Experience) at Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he led and implemented improvements within the patient experience team.

Dr Caroline Jessel

Dr Caroline Jessel is the Regional Lead for Sustainability and Health for NHS England, South. She has been a GP for 30 years in Kent and has always had a strong interest in the relationship between the environment and health. She also works for the Kent and Medway area team as Clinical Strategy Lead responsible for facilitating all NHS organisations in the county to develop safe, sustainable and effective services. She is a member of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Clinical Senate Council and supports the Strategic Clinical Networks in the region. Caroline has led the development of the Sustainable Surgery Award Scheme, piloted in Kent and she is co-chair of the Kent Nature Partnership.

James Jeynes

James Jeynes is the proud father of Lewis, 12, who was diagnosed with terminal Batten Disease in 2014.

In his professional life, James is Chief Executive of MemNet Ltd and Executive Office Ltd and also has roles as Associate Director for Advantage Public Services and as a director of the Football Argument Ltd.

James is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and for over 24 years he has been helping to improve the membership and association sectors through his creation of high quality professional networks.

He has previously worked in local and central government including public sector development roles overseas in South Africa, France, Switzerland, UAE, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad.

In his spare time, James is a trustee of The Lewis Jeynes Fund, a board trustee of the Batten Disease Family Association and a lived experience advisor to the NHS England Personal Health Budgets Team.

Jeff Johnston

Jeff Johnston, Associate Director of Operations at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, joined the Trust in December 2005 as the Assistant Director of Finance before moving into operational management in 2009, and has held a number of senior management roles including Divisional Manager, managing all the divisional services within the Trust.

Jeff became the Associate Director of Operations in September 2014.

Prior to joining the Trust Jeff held a number of senior positions in both the NHS and other public sector organisations.

He led the successful Acute Care Collaborations Vanguard application in 2015 and continues to work with the programme team to develop new care models.

Dr Matthew Jolly

Dr Matthew Jolly is National Clinical Director for the Maternity Review and Women’s Health, NHS England, taking up the role in October 2015.

He is an experienced clinician who is committed to providing excellent individual care and to the strategic improvement of maternity services and women’s health.

Matthew qualified at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School and trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in the North West Thames region, including two years researching the role of maternal metabolism in fetal growth at Imperial College School of Medicine.

He trained as a sub specialist in maternal and fetal medicine at the Centre for Fetal Care, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. Since 2001 he has worked as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

He has in the past worked as a departmental clinical director and as joint clinical director for The Maternity Children and Young People South East Coast Strategic Clinical Network.

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones is NHS England’s Director for New Models of Care.

Samantha Jones was appointed as NHS England’s New Care Models Programme Director in January 2015 leading the implementation of new models of care as outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

She started her NHS career as a paediatric and general nurse and was a national management trainee. Having worked in a variety of operational management roles, and in the national clinical governance support team, she became the Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust.

Following this, Samantha worked in the independent sector before she was appointed Chief Executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in February 2013.

In 2014 she was awarded Health Service Journal Chief Executive of the Year and the trust’s “Onion” was highly commended in the patient safety award.

Follow Samantha on Twitter: @SamanthaJNHS.

Suzanne Jones

Suzanne Jones is NHS England’s Project Lead for Personal Health Budgets in the End of Life Pathway. Suzanne began working in the NHS in 1975 as a student physiotherapist, and spent the first 23 years of her career working clinically, both in the NHS and in the private sector. Following the creation of PCTs, Suzanne became a clinical member of North Devon PCT’s Professional Executive Committee, and a year later Head of Physiotherapy. In 2005, Suzanne moved into commissioning, with a portfolio covering older people and Continuing Healthcare. From 2009-2014, Suzanne led Oxfordshire’s work to successfully pilot personal health budgets and prior to moving to NHS England, Suzanne was Programme Director for Community Integrated Localities in Oxfordshire. Outside work Suzanne has enjoyed several volunteer roles, most notably as a volunteer at the London Olympics and as Chair of a local parish council.

Dr Partha Kar

He has been a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008 and the Clinical Director of Diabetes from 2009-2015, being part of a multiple national award-winning department due to its services and care provided.

One of his main areas or passion is in helping to redesign diabetes care in an attempt to integrate chronic disease management across primary and secondary care. He is the pioneer of the Super Six Model, which won the Care Integration Awards 2012, Quality in Care in Diabetes Award 2012 and has been short listed for the Health Service Journal Awards across long-term conditions in 2012,2013 and 2015 and BMJ Awards 2015.

He is an avid user of social media such as Twitter @parthaskar to engage with patients – and been recognised as a “Social media Pioneer” by the HSJ in 2014. Recent innovations have involved the Hypoglycaemia Hotline which was recognised in the Guardian Healthcare Awards 2013.

He holds the role of Clinical Service Director for community services in South East Hampshire, along with being nominated to the General Advisory Council of the Kings Fund. He also works with Ascot & Bracknell CCG as a secondary care advisor along with holding a Specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission.

Dr Juliane Kause

Dr Juliane Kause is the care group lead emergency care, lead consultant out of hours care and seven day services University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Visiting fellow at the University of Southampton

Intensivist and General Physician with interest in service improvement, multi-professional working and recognition & treatment of acute illness.

First full time Out of Hours and Seven Day Services consulant in NHS (to date as far as we know).

Passionate Leader for Seven Day Services and Out of Hours Hospital Care.

Proactive teacher, leader, contributor and learner to the patient safety collaborative.

Research interests include rapid response systems in hospitals, Out of Hours Care Systems and Human Factors.

Professor Peter Kay

Peter Kay is National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Services for NHS England.

He is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire and a former President of the British Orthopaedic Association (2011), British Hip Society (2008) and British Orthopaedics Trainees Association (1992).

Peter is also Honorary Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Manchester and Clinical Professor at the University Central Lancashire and currently serves on the Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He has produced research publications (scientific and popular) and presentations on orthopaedics and trauma, health service management, modernisation and medico-legal aspects of orthopaedics and trauma, clinical networks, integrated care, workforce development and specialist commissioning.

His clinical interests include hip and knee replacement surgery, revision joint replacement surgery for loosening and infection and knee arthroscopy, multidisciplinary approach to arthroplasty services.

Managerially he has been Director of Research, Clinical Director, Divisional Chairman for MSK (responsible for elective orthopaedics, trauma and rheumatology) and Associate Medical Director in his own Trust (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT).

He has three years’ experience as a full Trust Board Member up to a successful Foundation Trust application and is the clinical lead for the Specialist Orthopaedic Hospital Alliance in the UK.

He has campaigned nationally and internationally for effective and equitable commissioning for musculoskeletal services across the whole of healthcare.

Dr Matt Kearney

Dr Matt Kearney is a general practitioner and National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in England. He has been working for both NHS England and Public Health England since 2013, building a national programme to improve prevention of cardiovascular disease. In particular, he has focused on mobilising the wider primary care system to support earlier detection and improved management of conditions such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and raised cholesterol.

From 2009 to 2014, Matt worked as an advisor to the Department of Health helping develop a national respiratory strategy, and from 2005 to 2013, was a member of Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Birmingham and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Liverpool in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Lavinia Kellman

Lavinia Kellman works as the Young Carer Administrator in the Patient Experience Team at NHS England. Young Carers are supported through our Commitment to Carers programme.

Lavinia spent a large part of her childhood caring for older family members.

As a result of her employment with NHS England, Lavinia is hoping to gain transferable office skills and to widen the range of career opportunities open to her.

Tim Kelsey

Tim Kelsey was previously National Director for Patients and Information, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.

Professor Tim Kendall

Professor Tim Kendall is NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental health. He has been Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 15 years and Visiting Professor at University College London for the last 8 years.

Tim has also been Medical Director for 13 years and continues as Consultant Psychiatrist for the homeless at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

As Medical Director, Tim has set up a service user experience monitoring unit, led the reconfiguration of acute care and rehabilitation leading to the elimination of out of area treatments, the modernisation of the acute and crisis care pathways and initiated the development of NICE recommended personality disorder services within the community.

He chaired the first NICE guideline, launched in December 2002, on the management of schizophrenia and the first National Quality Standard (Dementia) for NICE.

Tim has published numerous articles and papers and often represents the NCCMH, NICE or the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the media. In 2004, he was awarded “Lancet Paper of the Year” for showing the impact of selective publishing by the drug industry about antidepressants in the treatment of childhood depression; and with others was awarded the Paper of the Year Award for the Health Economic Journal ‘Value in Health’ in 2012 for work on schizophrenia.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is NHS England’s Medical Director and professional lead for NHS doctors. He is responsible for promoting clinical leadership, quality and innovation.

Formerly, Sir Bruce had a distinguished career in surgery. He was Director of Surgery at the Heart Hospital and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at UCL. He has been President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Secretary-General of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, International Director of the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and President of the Cardiothoracic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and the Healthcare Commission. He was knighted for services to medicine in 2003.

Follow Bruce on Twitter @drbrucekeogh

Jasbinder Khambh

Jasbinder Khambh is NHS England’s National Pharmacy Adviser for RightCare and an experienced pharmacist with a strong track record of success.

She has held various roles within the NHS over the last 18 years both as a senior pharmacist and as a senior manager and led on various initiatives and projects across London to deliver the objectives of the strategic QIPP programme.

She is now focusing on the national initiatives for Medicines Optimisation and NHS RightCare.

Ewan King

Ewan King joined SCIE in September 2014 and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of SCIE’s contracted work, attracting new commissions, and supporting co-production with people who use services and carers. Ewan has been Director of Business Development and Communications at the OPM Group, an employee owned research organisation and consultancy. A social researcher and policy analyst by background, Ewan was previously Director of the research team at OPM and led several large scale national evaluations, policy development projects and research studies for organisations including NHS England, Communities and Local Government, Department for Education, Department of Health, CQC and numerous national charities. Before joining OPM, Ewan worked as a researcher for the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP. Ewan is a Trustee of the Charity Penrose, which seeks to re-integrate ex-offenders and people with mental health conditions into society, and was educated at the London School of Economics and Warwick University.

Nicola King

Nicola King is Head of Commissioning Skills in the Commissioning System Development support team.

For the last year she has been leading a programme of work to support the development of CCGs. One of the things that CCGs have been asking for is support to develop governance arrangements that suit the new organisational form of CCGs and which are light on bureaucracy while being rigorous in providing assurance to their full range of stakeholders.

She has supported a task and finish group of the NHS Commissioning Assembly CCG development working group to commission a piece of work from the Good Governance Institute to assist CCGs with this.

Nicola has worked in the NHS for 25 years. She originally trained as a pharmacist and was a specialist in cardiothoracic medicine before moving into general management roles more than ten years ago.

Sally Kingsland

Sally Kingsland is the Clinical Quality Manager for North Central and East London and Infection Prevention and Control lead for NHS England (London).

She qualified as a nurse in 1996 and has a degree and Masters in Public Health.

Sally has worked across the acute, community, social care and health and justice sectors and her current role within NHS England’s nursing directorate is to support the quality improvement, system leadership, direct commissioning and assurance functions of the organisation.

She is a member of the national Infection Prevention and Control Steering Group and the NHS England Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy Implementation Group.

Dr James Kingsland OBE

Dr James Kingsland OBE is President of the National Association Primary Care, having previously served as Chairman from 2004-08.

He is the senior partner in a nationally renowned, award winning General Practice in the North West of England and has a wealth of experience in primary care, medical education and medical politics.

James is the co-author of the new care model for the NHS, the Primary Care Home, and is now one of the two national leads for the programme.

He served as a senior GP advisor at the Department of Health to both ministers and the senior civil service from 1999-2002 and from 2009–2013.

Karen Kirkham

Dr Karen Kirkham is Assistant Clinical Chair at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
Dorset ACS clinical lead

Lela Kogbara

Lela Kogbara combines her role as Director of the NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme with being Assistant Chief Executive of Islington Council. She also undertakes voluntary leadership roles with City & Islington College, Action for Southern Africa, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, and Islington Community Theatre.

Mervyn Kohler

Mervyn Kohler is External Affairs Adviser at Age UK, having been Head of Public Affairs at Help the Aged since 1984.

His original role was to manage the Charity’s links with Parliament, Government and the outside world, and to develop the policy positions of Help the Aged.

As the political and social agenda involving older people has mushroomed, Mervyn has increasingly focussed on cross-cutting issues and new developments in policy and practice whilst retaining an overview of the broad policy field, and a long-standing interest in fuel poverty and the issue of keeping adequately warm in winter.

This, with his (nearly) thirty years of long service, means he plays a part too as the public face of the Charity, at conferences, seminars and in the media.

He is, and has been, on the trustee board of a number of charities and on several public bodies, and currently serves on the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group.

Stuart Lane

Stuart Lane qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1998 and quickly developed a specific interest in long term neurological conditions, which has seen him work in a variety of settings across the NHS.

Over the last seven years, Stuart has dedicated his time to supporting the development of personal health budgets and person centred care in the NHS.

In 2014 Stuart created lanes4change limited, working with leading organisations committed to developing new approaches to supporting those with long-term support needs.

Angela Lane

Angela Lane trained as a contemporary dancer and choreographer.

Her career in dance took her to Eastbourne where her second daughter Cherry was born and eventually diagnosed with Rett Syndrome

While her daughter was at school, Angela joined the SEN Forum for East Sussex Education Authority and through her Transition to Adult Services she worked with researchers and consultants to help inform policy in this area, eventually becoming one of the parent carer representatives on ESCC Learning Disabilities Partnership Board (LDPB).

Angela went on to lead projects in Intensive Interaction (Interact Now) with Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, and Person Centered Approaches projects for the LDPB. As creative director of these projects, Angela worked with a team whose aim was to discover the conditions and contexts in which person centered approaches, Total Communication and other contemporary methodologies can be successfully used to complement the inherent ability of individuals and their supporters to have the life they want.

Following completion of a creative writing certificate at Sussex University, Angela went on to become an associate tutor in the service user and carer network at the university, teaching and supporting the development of the social work undergraduate and master’s degrees.

During this time she worked to establish her daughter’s Independent Living Trust and has experience of both the social care direct payments scheme and the new NHS Personal Health Budgets scheme.

With the progression of her father’s Parkinson’s disease and dementia, Angela is interested in developing her skills to support families and people encountering dementia in their lives.

Angela continues to have a deep interest in dance and writing and considers everything in her life to be connected. Now a grandmother to two beautiful grandsons, she feels she is enjoying the rewards of a long life.

Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox is the founder of Martha was asked by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to recommend practical proposals for the National Information Board on how to ensure increased take-up of new digital innovations in health.

Dr Peter Lanyon

Dr Peter Lanyon is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals, where he provides clinical care integrated with research, including specialised rheumatology services for rarer autoimmune diseases across the East Midlands.

Peter’s career path is unique for a secondary care doctor, having started training and working in General Practice. In this setting he rapidly became aware of the challenges faced by people living with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases and saw him pursue a new career in Rheumatology. It also led to him undertaking research demonstrating a significant unmet educational need among doctors training in Primary Care.

Since 2013 he has chaired the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Rheumatology. This team has worked tirelessly to raise the national profile of the needs of people living with rare rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, their access to high-cost treatments, and the delivery of their care in coordinated networks.

He brings this experience, and his unique understanding and perspective of Primary Care, to his current role as President of the British Society for Rheumatology.

Emma Latimer

Emma Latimer is the Chief Officer for NHS Hull CCG.

Shehas worked in the NHS for 25 years in a range of settings which include the ambulance service, hospitals and health authority, but predominantly as a commissioner.

Emma has led NHS Hull CCG for three years and is passionate about improving local health outcomes by working with patients and other partners to create a healthier Hull.

She is Programme Sponsor for the Hull 2020 programme – a partnership of nine organisations committed to transforming the way public services work to enable the people of Hull to improve their own health and wellbeing and to achieve their aspirations for the future.

Chris Layfield

Chris Layfield has a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Studies and is a Teenage Cancer Trust funded Youth Support Coordinator at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Jennifer Layton

Jennifer Layton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and also a Fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health.

She works with the Derbyshire Autism Partnership Board as a member with lived experience, to help shape the work being done locally for people on the spectrum.

Jennifer also works with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust to train and raise awareness of Autism amongst their staff and is beginning a MSc of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion in September 2017.

She also volunteers for Derby Museums Trust as a co-producer. As well as training to be a Peer Leader, she is also a member of the Derbyshire Personal Health Budget Peer Network and is working towards becoming a member of the NHS England’s Co-production Group.

Peers Leaders play a vital role in helping to co-produce key NHS personalisation programmes, such as Integrated Personal Commissioning and Personal Health Budgets, by providing the essential ‘lived experience’ perspective.

Dr Jonathan Leach

Dr (Colonel Retired) Jonathan Leach is a GP in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, and chair of the NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group.

Dr Leach served for 25 years in the Army including 17 years overseas.

Caroline Lecko

Caroline Lecko is Patient Safety Lead at NHS England.

Caroline has led on nutrition and patient safety since joining the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) in 2006 and has subsequently transferred to the patient safety team within the NHS England. Caroline currently leads on projects related to nutrition and hydration, pressure ulcer prevention and primary care.

Since 2006, Caroline has worked on a range of national and international projects to raise awareness of the importance of good nutritional care to prevent avoidable harm to patients and service users.

These projects have included the development of the Hydration Best Practice Tool for Healthcare, the 10 Key Characteristics of Nutritional Care Factsheets and the Dysphagia Diet Food Descriptors.

Caroline has used her interest in social movement methodology to design and deliver two national Nutrition and Hydration Patient Safety focused weeks and is currently working the National Association of Care Catering and Hospital Caterers Association on the plans for Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014.

Caroline has also been involved in many national policy and advisory groups including the development of the Care Quality Commissions Outcome 5 ‘Meeting Nutritional Needs’ standards, Department of Health Nutrition Action Plan, Parliamentary Hydration Forum and recently the Malnutrition Task Force.

Siobhan Lendzionowksi

Siobhan Lendzionowksi is a Leadership Support Manager for Patient Experience within the National Patient Experience Team, which is part of the Nursing Directorate.

She has previously worked for Leeds Community Health NHS Trust; Yorkshire and Humber SHA, Leeds PCT; ran a community health development charity in Leeds for five years; worked in local government homelessness hostels; a domestic violence department and the private sector.

Siobhan left nursing in 1991.

Her career highlights include setting up a new domestic violence organisation that still runs today.

She has also implemented a patient experience and engagement assurance framework across 65 services.

Other highlights include successfully managing a £500,000 friends and family pathfinder programme of work in a region and successfully producing a nutrition and hydration commissioning guidance document with a group of national experts, CCG commissioners and NHS Colleagues whom were a fragmented group with different opinions and are now working successfully together to make major changes to commissioning.

Belinda Lennox

Belinda Lennox is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Early Intervention in Psychosis service for Oxford Health NHS FT. She has been a consultant in EIP services for 10 years. Her interests are in discovering the causes of, and developing more effective treatments for, those with psychosis and in implementing those discoveries into clinical practice. She is Deputy Director for the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research for Oxford, and Clinical Director for NIHR Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands.

Geraint Lewis

Geraint Lewis is the Chief Data Officer at NHS England and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at University College London. He trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Geraint began his career in acute and emergency medicine, working at hospitals in the UK and Australia over an 11-year period.

After completing his higher specialist training in public health medicine, he was appointed Senior Fellow of the Nuffield Trust (an independent health policy think-tank), then as Senior Director for Clinical Outcomes and Analytics at Walgreens in Chicago, before returning to the UK to take up his current post.

A fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians of London and the UK Faculty of Public Health, Geraint is the lead author of the postgraduate textbook Mastering Public Health and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in journals in including Health Affairs, JAMA, Milbank Quarterly and the BMJ. Geraint was a 2007 Harkness Fellow in New York, during which time he received the National Directors’ Award at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In 2008 he was the “overall winner” of the Guardian Newspaper’s public service awards. In 2011, he was awarded the Bradshaw Lectureship of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Previous recipients include Sir Liam Donaldson, Dame Sheila Sherlock, and Sir Magdi Yacoub. More recently, he has served as an external adviser to the World Bank, and he leads the Care Model Design work-stream of NHS England’s New Care Models Programme.

Vaughan Lewis

Dr Vaughan Lewis is Regional Medical Director, Specialised Commissioning, NHS England South, a position he has held since 2015.
Vaughan is the clinical lead of NHS England’s High-Cost Tariff-Excluded Device programme.
He was a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital from 2002 to 2015 during which time he held clinical management roles including Medical Director and chair of the South West Clinical Senate.
He is a member of the Women and Children’s Programme of Care Board, chairs the Congenital Heart Disease Programme Board and is the national clinical lead for improving value in specialised commissioning.

Dawn Liburd

Dawn Liburd works for NHS England.

Tom Lindley

Interim Deputy Director – Strategy and Business Development Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
Tom launched his NHS career with a number of roles as a mental health nurse, before joining the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. After roles working for Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust; NHS England; and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, he joined Airedale NHS Foundation Trust earlier this year and is closely involved in advancing the potential of its expanding range of telemedicine services.

The Foundation Trust has the lead role in the Airedale and Partners vanguard, which is using telemedicine in more than 200 care homes to help reduce GP call-outs and unnecessary hospital admissions for a cohort of more than 7,000 residents.

Carmel Lloyd

Head of Education and Learning, The Royal College of Midwives.

Carmel’s remit is to shape and support the delivery of the RCM strategy and professional activity for education and learning for members of the College. She also takes the lead on advising internal and external stakeholders on regulatory matters and midwifery regulation. She has been working with all four UK countries on the development of their employer-led models of supervision for midwives and co-ordinating the development of the key principles for the education and training of those undertaking the role that will replace the supervisor of midwives.

Carmel joined the RCM in February 2014 from the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she was the Standards Development Manager, in this capacity she led the review of the Midwives Rules and Standards published in 2012. Previously she was the Acting Head of Midwifery at the NMC and prior to that Lecturer, Programme & Curriculum Development Lead, Midwifery & Women’s Heath Studies at Kings College, University of London.

She has extensive experience in healthcare policy and regulation, standards development, education and curriculum development, midwifery practice and the supervision of midwives. She is frequently invited to speak at regional and national conferences.

Dr Steve Lloyd

Dr Steve Lloyd sponsors the NHS England Task and Finish group on CCG Governance. He has been a GP principal in north east Derbyshire for 15 years and prior to this was a maxillofacial surgeon. He is Chair of NHS Hardwick CCG, regional clinical lead on the EMAS urgent and emergency ambulance contract and clinical lead for the National Ambulance Commissioners Group. He is also a sessional operational clinical lead for Derbyshire Health United OOH provider and in the EMAS operations centre and a council member for East Midlands Clinical Senate.

Steve Lloyd is a member of the NHS Commissioning Assembly and has been involved in a number of Working Groups, including on direct commissioning and Urgent and Emergency Care.

Outside of medicine, he was until recently a senior RAF reserve officer. He is a trustee, medical adviser and a chief expeditions leader for British Exploring Society at the Royal Geographical Society.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Member of the Royal College of GPs.

Dr Jill Loader

Jill Loader has recently been appointed as Assistant Head of Primary Care Commissioning (Pharmacy) for NHS England from her post as Regional Pharmacist, NHS England South.

She has been leading work nationally on making the best use of pharmacy to support pressure on the urgent and emergency care system and has published materials to support local commissioners to use pharmacy more effectively.

Jill worked previously with the NHS Commissioning Board Transition Team as Strategic Adviser – Pharmacy Commissioning to develop proposals with stakeholders for the commissioning of pharmaceutical services in England.

Previously, Jill was Associate Director for Medicines Management in NHS South West for six years and also held posts in Strategic Health Authorities in the Midlands and South West.

Jill has worked on many national groups, including the Steering Group of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to develop Principles for Medicines Optimisation and the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum Task Group, looking at identifying how and where community pharmacies sit in the emerging primary, community, and secondary care and public health systems.

She is particularly interested in patient safety and has worked on local projects with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and on patient safety in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry. Jill has worked in strategic roles in the NHS for the past 15 years and has a background working in professional leadership roles, performance management, commissioning organisations, community services, general practice and hospital pharmacy.

Vanessa Lodge

Vanessa Lodge RGN, BSc (Hons), MA is NHS England’s Director of Nursing for North Central and East London.

Vanessa qualified in 1983 as a general nurse, and worked for 15 years clinically in acute hospital settings, with particular interest and training in cardiac nursing.

This was followed by roles in Senior Nurse Management, general management and commissioning roles; including a period of time working for the NHS modernisation agency as part of the national team to embed redesign principles in health services.

Vanessa moved to London in 2009 to work for Tower Hamlets PCT in quality and clinical governance. Over the following years the role broadened and the PCT worked in a cluster arrangement with inner and outer North East London PCTs until the reorganisation of health service commissioning arrangements in March 2013.

Her current role of includes within its portfolio adult and child safeguarding as well as continuing health care across London.

Vanessa represents London on the national forum for NHS England and has a particular interest in Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), where she represents health services on the Metropolitan Police Steering Group, and chairs the London and NHS England groups.

Vicky Lyons

Vicky Lyons is Head of Workforce Development, Health Education North West London (HEENWL).

Vicky has 18 years’ experience working in a variety of roles within the NHS and currently works as the Head of Workforce Development at HEENWL responsible for a wide portfolio of workforce planning activities and transformation initiatives. She has also lead the pan London workforce planning team for Health Education England as part of a shared service providing support to the planning and commissioning responsibilities of London’s LETB’s.

Prior to this, Vicky worked for 14 years working in senior HR roles at East London NHS Foundation Trust. More recently she worked as the Assistant Director of Workforce and Development with responsibility for the ESR/Workforce functions, Recruitment, bank and Training and Development teams.

Yoryos (Georgios) Lyratzopoulos

Yoryos (Georgios) Lyratzopoulos is Reader in Cancer Epidemiology at UCL, and Cancer Research UK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow. Beyond studying variation in cancer diagnosis and other outcomes, he has a substantive research interest in population studies of cancer patient experience. He has acted as an academic adviser to NHS England for the CPES surveys.

Iain Macbeath

Iain Macbeath is Director of Health and Community Services for Hertfordshire County Council.

He has responsibility for adult social care, integration with NHS services and adult learning.

Iain started work as a civil servant for the Benefits Agency (as was). He then worked for social services in his home town of Barnsley in both children’s and adult’s services. After moving to Hertfordshire in 1999, he spent five years working for the Probation Service, returned to social services for London Borough of Barnet and became Assistant Director of Adult Care Services for Hertfordshire in 2008. He became director in 2013.

Iain sits on the national Executive Committee of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and is secretary and vice-chair of the eastern region branch. He has served as a governor for West Herts College and volunteers with the Samaritans.

Follow Iain on Twitter: @IainMacbeath.

Henry Mace

Henry Mace is Professional Development Lead at the National Osteoporosis Society.

He is responsible for the implementation and project management of various clinical projects which primarily support health professionals working in the field of osteoporosis and fragility fractures.

Before joining the National Osteoporosis Society, Henry worked for NHS Bristol as a Health Promotion Specialist, and was responsible for contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of Public Health work programmes on particular topics such as smoking cessation, obesity, physical activity and sexual health.

Henry has worked in the private leisure industry, specifically focusing on the commissioning and delivery of NHS and local authority health services.

Dr Stephanie Machin

Dr Stephanie Machin is a GP at the Robin Hood Health Centre in Sutton.

She is originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, where she graduated medical school in 2010. After completing her foundation training posts at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and then London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, she joined the St Helier GP Vocational Training Scheme in 2012.

Stephanie qualified as a GP in 2015 and stayed on at her training GP practice in Sutton, where she is now a salaried GP. She has a special interest in care of the elderly and mental health, and is the practice lead for palliative care.

Ann Mackay MBE

Ann Mackay MBE is Director of Policy, for the Care England charity.

Ann has worked in the independent social care sector for over 25 years having started her career as a manager in the NHS.

Care England is a registered charity which represents charitable and commercial care providers meeting a wide range of care and support needs for adults in care home, homecare, housing and community-based settings.

Care England members also deliver specialist care home services such as rehabilitation, respite, palliative care and mental health services.

Ann’s work aims to ensure members have up to date information and that their views are represented in the development and implementation of health and social care policy.

Ann was awarded the MBE for services to social care in 2010.

Dr Arvind Madan

Dr Arvind Madan was appointed as NHS England’s Director of Primary Care in October 2015 with view to him providing clinical leadership for the transformation of primary care provision.

Arvind is a practicing GP based at the Hurley Group, a large multi-site general practice and urgent care provider. He retains this regular clinical commitment looking after patients in East London.

Arvind has a strong track record of using new technology and redesigned ways of working across care boundaries to improve outcomes and deliver better value for money.

Chris Mair

Chris Mair is a former regional newspaper editor. He joined the ‘Better Together’ initiative launched by NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to see if his background in journalism could be of benefit. Retired, he has relocated back to the UK, having lived in France for five years and is acutely aware of the range of pressures the NHS is under; A&E in particular, but also the need to better integrate local health services. A volunteer within the media team at the 2012 Paralympic Games, he currently runs a weekly drop-in for people looking for support with job hunting and also co-hosts a computer course for beginners.

Oli Mansell

Oli Mansell (far right) is Policy Coordinator in the Policy Support Unit team, based in the Commissioning Strategy Directorate.

He serves as the inaugural co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network alongside Siobhán Clibbens.

Prior to joining NHS England, he spent seven years as a higher education administrator and manager for the University of Leeds. Oli has been a volunteer member of a patient assurance group at Leeds North CCG, and is currently volunteering once a week at the A&E of St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Helen Mariott

Helen Marriott has been the Allied Health Professions (AHP) Medicines Project Lead at NHS England since October 2013, leading the extension of non-medical prescribing and access to medicines for several allied health professions.

Since joining NHS England, Helen has also acted into the position of Deputy Chief Allied Health Profession Officer for seven months.

Before joining NHS England, Helen was the Allied Health Professions Lead and Strategic Workforce Development Manager for Health Education East Midlands, providing professional advice and strategic leadership to the 12 allied health professions. Prior to this role, Helen was the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority AHP lead and a physiotherapy clinical specialist within Rheumatology.

Helen is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and sits on the Education Committee. She is also a Health and Care Professions Council Partner and physiotherapy panel member at fitness-to-practice hearings.

Helen graduated in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University and also has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Leadership.

Donal Markey

Donal Markey is the new Regional Lead for Dentistry, Optometry and Pharmacy for NHS England (London). He has responsibility for the strategic commissioning of NHS services across all community pharmacies, dental practices and community optometry practices in the capital.

He also leads on the commissioning of all acute, community and urgent care dental services within the London region.

In addition, Donal works within the London NHS transformation programme, the Healthy London Partnership as the Pharmaceutical Advisor supporting the Children and Young People programme.

He is also part of the Asthma Clinical Leadership Group Donal still practices as a community pharmacist in Berkshire.

Daniel Marsden

Daniel Marsden is currently a Practice Development Nurse for people with learning disabilities at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust.

He supports staff with developing their skills at providing their expertise to people with learning disabilities. This includes delivering training, policy development, project management, clinical leadership, facilitation, research and audit.

Daniel is a keen runner, and joint treasurer of a football team, husband and father of two.

Sarah-Jane Marsh

Sarah-Jane Marsh is Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Chair of the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme.

She joined the NHS via the Graduate Management Scheme, holding various roles in primary and secondary care and at the Department of Health, before promotion to Director of Planning and Productivity at Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Appointed Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in December 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in March 2009, the hospital has been under her leadership for almost eight years and was named ‘Provider Trust of the Year’ by the Health Service Journal in 2015.

In 2015, Sarah-Jane took on the additional role of Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s Hospital, before going on to integrate the two hospitals in February 2017 to create Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – the first of its kind in Europe.

She also led the development of an innovative new mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds in the city – Forward Thinking Birmingham – another UK first.

Sarah-Jane chairs the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme Board, which aims to make maternity care across England safer, and give women greater control and choice.

Her passions are exceeding the expectations of patients and families and making Birmingham Women’s and Children’s the very best place to work and be cared for.

Shelley Marsh

Shelley Marsh is an educator and parent with an interest in making care accessible.

Jeremy Martin

Jeremy is the Programme Director for the Symphony Programme, which is introducing new integrated models of care for the 150,000 population of South Somerset through collaboration between primary care, NHS organisations, the local authority and voluntary sector. In the four years of the programme’s life it has expanded from a project focused on people with the most complex needs, to include the health and social care needs of the whole population. It is one of the nine PACS Vanguard sites.

Prior to becoming Programme Director, Jeremy was Director of Planning and Performance at Yeovil Hospital, where he led on strategy, planning, performance, communications, IT and corporate governance.

Through his career Jeremy has held a wide variety of roles in NHS organisations and the Department of Health in Somerset and London, including policy development, commissioning, operational management, business development, service improvement and performance management.

Mahiben Maruthappu

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu is a practicing doctor and Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England. He advises on NHS England’s innovation, technology and prevention portfolio, co-founding the NHS Innovation Accelerator and the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

He has advised a range of organisations, from start-ups to multilaterals, including the Swiss government and the Experiment Fund and the WHO.

Mahiben has a strong interest in research with over 80 peer-reviewed publications and 50 academic awards. His work has been featured by BBC News and the international press.

He is Chairman of the UK Medical Students’ Association (UKMSA), and has written three medical books. Mahiben was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities and was the first person from British healthcare to be included in Forbes’ 30 under 30.

Alex Massey

Alex Massey is Senior policy and campaigns adviser at the Neurological Alliance. He has previously worked as a policy adviser at ACEVO, the charity leaders’ network, and as a Research Fellow for education at the think-tank Policy Exchange.

John Matthews

Dr John Matthews is Senior Partner and a GP Trainer in Park Road Medical Practice, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear where he has worked for the past twenty two years.

He led the setting up of CareFirst which is a co-operative of 18 GP practices in North Tyneside that work together to improve the care of patients, which has now gone on to merge with another group of practices to form a larger federation.

John is currently Chair of NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group which was authorised without conditions.

In this role he sits on the North Tyneside Health and Wellbeing Board which existed in shadow form for two years prior to April 2013. In these two years he chaired the Alternatives to Hospital Admission Partnership Board which focused on promoting integrated care and successfully reducing in-hospital admissions through improved community based urgent care.

Pete Matuszowicz

Pete Matuszowicz has a background in engineering, education and training.

In 1983, at the age of thirty, he suffered a traumatic upper limb amputation while living in the Bahamas. As a result he lost his job and had to rebuild his life. Instead of returning to England he moved to the United States, continued to travel with his work and pursued a master’s degree in Educational Leadership

Pete has presented internationally at various professional development conferences and taught in higher education where his work has been well received. He has a successful leadership record in education and SME business management.

After losing his arm, Pete followed early advice that… “From now on he must work with his head, not his hands”, successfully developing and delivering leadership, life skills and self-management training for corporate, manufacturing, academic, correctional and rehabilitation environments.

Pete has developed self-management for the UK public and private corporate sectors in the form of Manage-Able™, a programme that synthesises these past successes, including that of personal experience.

Paul Maubach

Paul Maubach is Chief Executive of Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group and has overall responsibility for ensuring it meet the needs of Dudley patients, CCG employees, the taxpayer, the wider CCG membership and partnerships, and the law and statute within which the CCG operates.

He has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and is a qualified accountant, with a degree in mathematics from Warwick University and a master’s degree in leadership and organisational development from Birmingham University.

Gail Maund

Gail Maund is a mum of two young children who she describes as ” the most important people in my life”.

She lives in Hampshire with her partner Jason. They enjoy family outings and holidays. Gail and Jason enjoy socialising and eating out when they can.

Peter McCabe

Peter McCabe has been the Chief Executive of Headway – the brain injury association since November 2001. He has 36 years’ experience in the voluntary sector; Chief Executive of QUIT (the smoking cessation charity), held a variety of posts at SCOPE, Relate (the marriage guidance charity) and the YMCA. He has 30 years’ experience as a local councillor. Has served as a Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services, Mayor of Merton, Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee, Chair of the Standards and General Purposes Committee and in a variety of other posts.

Joe McCrea

During 2013-14, Joe McCrea combined roles as Social Media Lead for NHS Change Day – the single largest improvement event in the NHS – and Head of Engagement for Tameside Listens, the biggest patient and stakeholder listening exercise in Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s history.

This gave him a unique insight into current contrasting challenges and priorities from frontline and national perspectives.

He is a course tutor for the NHS Leadership Academy’s ‘Nye Bevan Leadership Programme’ and has designed social media strategies for the NHS Confederation and a leading UK local authority.

He has Board level experience in Non-Executive, Cabinet Ministerial Adviser, Parliamentary, Top 5 Consultancy and Senior Civil Service roles. He is a former Special Adviser at the Department of Health, Prime Minister’s Adviser in 10 Downing Street and a member of Cabinet Office Senior Management Team.

A communications pioneer for over two decades, he won numerous innovation awards in 1999 for designing and leading implementation of the world’s first Government-wide integrated policy, strategy and online communities network – the Knowledge Network – years before social media became pervasive.

One of his proudest moments came in 2001, when a word he first coined in 1994 while inventing the Labour Party’s Rapid Rebuttal operation officially entered the English language in the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary: “Pre-buttal” (noun) – a pre-emptive response to an anticipated attack.

David McCullough

Royal Voluntary Service Chief Executive.

Danny McDonnell

Danny McDonnell is a Strategy Programme Manager with NHS England and leads on engagement and spread for the Healthy New Towns programme.

He has a background in Public Health but also spent four years at the Royal College of Physicians in improving stroke services. Prior to NHS England, Danny worked for two years in Malawi, Southern Africa on a number of international development projects.

Frank McGhee

Frank McGhee has worked for over 30 years in children’s services, with senior management roles in the NHS and Local Government.

He is currently Director of Integrated Commissioning for children and young people working across Southern Derbyshire CCG and Derby City Council. This includes leading the Future in Mind programme and is seconded to NHS England on a part-time basis as the National Transformation Advisor.

He started his career working directly with young people and remains focused on wanting to see significant impact from the Future in Mind programme.

Sean McLaughlin

Sean McLaughlin has been Director of Housing and Adult Social Services, Islington Council since 2008. His main interests are delivering new homes and maximum choice and control to customers through effective partnership working, particularly with housing providers, emergency services and the NHS. He leads on Transforming Care for London Directors of Adult Social Services, and is joint chair of the national ADASS Learning Disability network.

David McNally

David McNally has been Head of Experience of Care with NHS England’s Patient Experience Team since 2013 and is a member of the Co-production Model Steering Group. He worked previously in an SHA, a PCT, Adult Social Care and the voluntary sector.

Last year he led a project to find out what impact patient leaders can have on improving experience of care and has been invited by the French National Authority for Health to talk about the project at a seminar in Paris in November with along with Steve Sharples who is a Patient Leader.

In April David co-designed and co-led a round table on Patient Leadership with patient leaders, the King’s Fund and the Leadership Academy and next year will be running a session on ‘Patients as partners in the business of improving experience’ at The Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference in Denver with Mark Doughty from The King’s Fund.

He is a member of the Researcher-Led Panel, National Institute for Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research programme and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, Medical School.

Martin McShane

Dr Martin McShane was previously National Clinical Director for Long Term Conditions, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.

Rupert McShane

Rupert McShane is a consultant old age psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. He works with the Academic Health Science Network to help get dementia-related innovations into practice, with the NIHR Clinical Research Network to help get the evidence about what works, and with the Cochrane collaboration to help assess and combine all the evidence that is gathered.

Paul Mears

Paul Mears joined Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive in May 2012. Paul was previously Chief Operating Officer at South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust where he was responsible for leading operational services in Torbay Hospital. He also has considerable experience of working in community services having been Director of Operations at Torbay Care Trust where he was responsible for integrating community health and social care services in one of the leading examples of integrated care in the UK.

Pritti Mehta

Pritti Mehta is NHS England’s National Lead for Self-Care, New Care Models and is passionate about people-powered health and wellbeing.

She joined the New Care Models team at NHS England in 2016, where she is currently leading intensive work with 15 new care models to support the implementation and spread of self-care.

Pritti has a background in the voluntary sector and holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics.

Sonal Mehta

Sonal Mehta is a primary care pharmacist with NHS Milton Keynes CCG.

She started her professional life as a community pharmacist where she gained a breadth of experience across different populations, providing advice and delivering public health services.

Since starting at Milton Keynes CCG in 2012, her main role has been to provide medicines and prescribing support to several GP surgeries. She has also been involved in a number of local initiatives such as updating and rebranding the community pharmacy minor ailments scheme, MK Pharmacy First, contributed to pathway design in order to bring children’s care close to home and been involved in the development of primary care multidisciplinary teams.

Sonal is a passionate advocate for self-care and the benefits it can bring to individuals and communities.

Dr Peter Melton

Dr Peter Melton is Clinical Chief Officer of North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group as well as Co-Chair of the NHS Commissioning Assembly.

He led the establishment of North East Lincolnshire PCT in April 2000 and was appointed PEC Chair. He chaired the National PEC Chair networks hosted by NATPACT and NHS Networks.

He was appointed Chief Executive in 2010 to North East Lincolnshire CTP and appointed CCO for North East Lincolnshire CCG in April 2012.

Matthew Mills

Matthew Mills is Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Gender Identity Clinic, London where he has worked since 2009.

He is a National Advisor in Transgender Voice for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

He originally trained as a professional actor and singer at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and worked in theatre, film and television for 15 years.

He is a lecturer in voice at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and in speech and language therapy at the University of Greenwich. He is also a council member of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists.

Dr Andy Mitchell

Dr Mitchell qualified from Guys Hospital in 1980 and was appointed to his first consultant post as a general paediatrician in 1990.

His early years were spent in the Armed Services. As Joint Service Clinical Director he was responsible for widely distributed paediatric services, and for world wide intensive care retrieval of sick children. He remains a civilian adviser to the Defence Medical Services. In 1995 he was appointed as consultant paediatrician and clinical director in Basingstoke, and continued in clinical management roles for ten years.

He contributed to the development of an integrated service for children with expansion of specialist care into the community and consultant delivered ambulatory services, recognised by the Modernisation Agency as the ‘Total Approach’. In 1997 he established the Central South Coast Paediatric Intensive Care network and subsequently chaired through seven years of development. He has been clinical lead for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Maternity and Children’s Network, worked with the DH on collaborative policy development, and both the MA and CSIP as a national clinical network lead offering advice to SHAs and PCTs on network development. He has undertaken many service reviews, and has been appointed as a member of the National Clinical Advisory Team. In 2006 he accepted a new challenge as Associate Medical Director at Great Ormond Street, during which time he facilitated the London children’s pathway group as part of the NHS Next Steps review. He has co-chaired the London Clinical Advisory Group, and co-directed the Healthcare for London Children’s project.

In April 2009 he was appointed Medical Director, NHS London. He has been closely involved with the reconfiguration of stroke, trauma, cardiovascular pathology and specialist paediatric services, and has recently launched a programme of change designed to introduce seven day and 24/7 services. He leads on service quality across London, and has significant experience of supporting failing organizations. He established and chairs London’s Clinical Senate. In September 2012, The National Commissioning Board appointed Dr Mitchell to be the Regional Medical Director for London. He also continues with his part time general paediatric practice.

Dr Sarah Mitchell

Dr Sarah Mitchell is the West Midlands Generalist Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care at NHS England. In this role and as a Birmingham GP, Sarah is committed to working with all to support the local action challenge of the ‘Ambitions’ framework. A champion of excellent palliative and end of life care for people of all ages, Sarah also co-chairs the West Midlands Paediatric Palliative Care Network and is exploring palliative care for children as her PhD at Warwick.

Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell is a junior doctor training in psychiatry, and currently one of Sir Bruce Keogh’s clinical fellows, working in Domain 2 (Enhancing the quality of life for people with long term conditions). He has a particular interest in integrating physical and mental health. Before studying medicine on the graduate entry course at Oxford, he was a Fulbright fellow at Harvard University and a junior research fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Dr Raj Mitra

Dr Raj Mitra has been a GP in Lambeth since 1995 and is a clinical member of the Governing Body at NHS Lambeth CCG.

His specialist interests are mental health, dementia, cancer and end of life care, and patient engagement.

Dr Dawn Moody

Associate National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care for NHS England.

Dr Dawn Moody is a GP in Derbyshire who has a special interest in frailty and person-centred systems of care. She has worked with commissioners, providers and in research in this area and holds an MSc in Geriatric Medicine. Dawn’s current portfolio includes her directorship of Fusion48 being the Clinical Director for Health Education England (East Midlands) Nottinghamshire Frailty Toolkit and Training Programme. She is also Frailty Lead for the West Midlands Primary Care Workforce and Improved Patient Access Plan, Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund Wave 2 Scheme.

Dawn’s previous roles have included Clinical Associate (Frailty and Complex Care) at North Staffordshire CCG and Medical Director North Staffordshire Community Healthcare. She has been a Partner in General Practice for 16 years and GPSI Geriatric Medicine and intermediate care.

Dr Phil Moore

Dr Phil Moore is a long-standing and enthusiastic GP committed to transforming the NHS through the opportunities afforded by the new Health & Social Care Bill.

He has held public roles in the NHS and beyond for many years including in Kingston, London-wide especially around mental health, now as co-chair of the London Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network, and nationally as a board member of NHS Clinical Commissioners and a member of the Mental Health Taskforce.

Phil is a trustee and chair of a variety of charities and voluntary organisations, a GP trainer and honorary teaching fellow at Imperial College and a Visiting Fellow in Healthcare Management at the University of Surrey. He frequently speaks and chairs at national conferences.

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore, 43, is a South African born mother of twins Georgia and Harrison, aged 12. She has lived in London for the past 20 years and works in communications.

Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is National Clinical Director for Respiratory for NHS England, consultant respiratory physician at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Allergy and Thoracic Surgery at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust at Glenfield Hospital and Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester.

Shelagh Morris

Shelagh Morris is Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England.

She is responsible for a number of workstreams including improving adult rehabilitation services, extending prescribing/supply, and administration medicines mechanisms to a wider range of healthcare professions to support improved clinical outcomes and service redesign.

Shelagh trained as an occupational therapist at The Liverpool School of Occupational Therapy. As part of her continuing professional development she gained a BA and an MBA from the Open University

Her first posts were in mental health as the move to community based services was gathering momentum and then in social services as part of team establishing a community rehabilitation centre.

Shelagh joined the Department of Health on 1 April 2003. She was previously Director of Allied Health Professions within an acute trust and prior to that, Rehabilitation co-ordinator within a community trust.

Shelagh joined NHS England as Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer on 1 April 2013.

She was awarded the OBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours.

Helen Morrison

Helen Morrison took on the role of National VTE Prevention Programme Manager in January 2012 having previously been involved in the implementation of the South West Strategic Health Authority VTE prevention initiative as project manager.

Helen graduated from the University of Wales College Cardiff with a degree in Biochemistry and worked in industry for ten years before moving into healthcare consultancy. She has worked at director level supporting the delivery of a number of programmes for NHS South of England and has now moved to NHS England, who host the National VTE Prevention Programme under the leadership of Dr Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety.

Robin Morrison

Robin Morrison is Chair of Engaging Communities Staffordshire. Before this he was Chief Executive of Blanenau Gwent County Borough Council in South Wales, where he led the transformation of social care and worked closely with health colleagues on improving a wide range of services to facilitate the council’s Independent Living Strategy.

Lauren Mosely

Lauren Mosely joined the NHS England Patient Safety Domain in 2013 where she works as Patient Safety Systems and Liaison Manager, contributing to a wide variety of programmes.

She is also responsible for the development of national policy associated with the management of Serious Incidents and, more recently, working with the NHS England Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) team to support the development of the NHS England Strategy and work plan to address UK AMR priority areas.

Lauren has a Masters in pharmaceutical science and previously worked as a medicines safety coordinator at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, where she worked to deliver projects to improve the safe prescribing and administration of medicines.

Tapas Mukherjee

Tapas Mukherjee, 35, studied at Manchester University. He initially trained as an acute medicine and icu registrar at East Midlands (Acute) and UCLH (Icu).

It was on rotation at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester that he rewrote asthma guidelines and was awarded British Thoracic Society Prize for Respiratory Education as his work doubled the numbers of staff using guidelines.
Tapas received funding from NHS England Regional Innovation Fund to develop ‘The Inhaler Song’. In 2015, he was awarded the NHS England Innovation Acorn Award.

This year he was awarded the role Clinical Entrepreneur at NHS England.

Rowan Munson

Rowan is committed to making sure young people are heard in healthcare issues. For six years he has represented young people, locally at the district and county councils, Patient Participation Groups & his Clinical Commissioning Group, including founding Surrey’s youth representation platform.

He says his interest in health issues started after he was ping-ponged through several departments, in several organisations.

After the publication of the Chief Medical Officer’s “Prevention Pays – Our Children Deserve Better” report, he took up the mandate to ensure that services meet the needs of young people.

He is looking forward to helping put young patients at the heart of services for children and young people.

Claire Murdoch

Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for NHS England, is a registered mental health nurse for 34 years, and joined NHS England in April 2016. She is also chief executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. With a wealth of clinical and leadership experience she is leading delivering the national mental health programme for NHS England.

Rachel Murphy

Rachel leads the transformation programme of all patient facing, self-care and prevention activities within the Paperless 2020 Programme in the NHS, a £270m digital transformation of all patient facing services across the NHS. She is a confident and dynamic leader with technical prowess, proven business acumen, and an exceptional record defining and executing strategy at top level to deliver change, improve performance and ensure first-class digital/technology services and solutions for blue-chip organisations across multiple sectors.

Rob Music

Rob Music is Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

He joined the organisation in September 2008. The charity has seen positive change including income increasing by over 600%, developing new support services and a wide range of popular health information.

It has also implemented a major rebrand and run high profile awareness campaigns. Additionally the charity has built positive relationships with key funders, media, policy and health influencers and Rob sits on a number of influential committees.

This year the charity was named a winner of a GSK Impact Award, run in partnership with The King’s Fund that recognises outstanding work of health care charities.

Martin Myers

Martin Myers, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Laboratory Director of Clinical Biochemistry, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Habib Naqvi

Dr Habib Naqvi has a background in equality and diversity policy, public health, and health psychology. Habib is the Policy Lead for the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard, and is leading on the inclusion of the WRES within national policy levers.

Before joining NHS England in 2013, Habib worked on the development of national equality and diversity policy at the Department of Health, where he led on the development of the Equality Delivery System for the NHS, and took the lead for coordinating the health sector’s response to the Ministerial review of the Equality Duty.

Habib has experience in academia and research, including holding a strong portfolio of healthcare research.

Viccie Nelson

Viccie Nelson, Programme Director, Sutton Homes of Care.

Originally from Australia, Viccie worked as a Physiotherapist before moving to the UK in 1996. She worked clinically as a physiotherapist predominantly in older people’s rehabilitation in acute and community settings, as well as developing expertise as a moving and handling adviser. She went on to manage clinical teams before working at a senior manager level within acute and community service organisations in London, moving across into commissioning as Assistant Director of Commissioning at Sutton and Merton PCT.

Following the birth of her second child, Viccie undertook a number of project roles within CCGs, Local Authorities and the Royal Marsden Hospital – Community Services Division. More recently, she worked for NHS England – London region on a pan-London programme to transform community services. She’s also been involved with the Healthy London Partnership.

As a local resident she is aware of the various challenges facing Sutton, and her clinical background ensures that she remains patient focused whilst working to meet national and local strategic challenges.

Dr Penny Newman

Dr Penny Newman is an NHS England NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow (NIA) and former community Trust Medical Director, Director of Public Health and GP.

Her work on health coach training was first developed in Suffolk with psychologist and coach, Dr Andrew McDowell, initially funded by a Regional Innovation Fund and Health Education England, and subsequently selected onto the NIA programme.

The NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), hosted by UCLPartners. It supports delivery of the Five Year Forward View by accelerating uptake of high impact innovations for patient, population and NHS staff benefit, and providing real time practical insights on spread to inform national strategy. For more information visit

Penny has worked across the NHS and all sectors on pathway redesign, workforce and new models of care, is an executive coach and has published seminal reports on gender equality, most recently with UN Women.

Mary Newsome

Mary Newsome has three sons and lives on the South Pennines and is a country girl at heart.

She has brought up her boys on her own for almost 17 years and throughout that time has worked for the Department of Health, NHS Employers, and the DWP, as well as for herself.

She currently temps for NHS England but is applying for permanent jobs with the service.

She has a busy life and likes to get out and about, meet friends for a meal or go to the theatre, music, art exhibitions or whatever’s on.

She is passionate about her charity work with Journeys of Hope.

She has a passion for writing, likes doing yoga and going for walks. Her ambition is to live by the sea writing.

Luke O’Shea

Luke O’Shea is Head of Integrated Personal Commissioning and Person Centred Care for NHS England.

He has previously worked in national policy and strategy roles at the Department of Health and as a commissioner in a local authority and the NHS.

Prior to that he worked in a range of government departments including leading work on early year services at the Prime Minister’s strategy unit, as a private secretary to a children’s minister and leading cross government working on ageing.

He describes as his proudest achievements his “modest role at the inception of Family Nurse Partnership in the UK and of my work on ageing”.

Tyler O’Sullivan

Tyler O’Sullivan is a Strategy analyst within the Strategy Group at NHS England, leading work on the Learning Disability Employment programme.

Jane Obonyo

Jane Obonyo is a volunteer with Black Health Agency Skyline.

Sir John Oldham

Adj Professor Institute of Global Health Imperial College.

Sir John Oldham qualified at Manchester Medical School in 1978 and worked in various teaching hospitals, culminating as a GP trainee in inner city Manchester, before becoming a partner in a general practice.

Until recently he was National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity at the Department of Health He is also a member of the National Quality Board for the NHS in England, which sets the strategic direction for quality and safety in the NHS and the priorities for NICE. He has recently been appointed as Chair of an Independent Commission on Whole Person Care.

Marina Otley

Marina Otley is the Clinical Audit Specialist at Nottingham CityCare Partnership, a Social Enterprise provider of NHS Community Services. Her role is to support staff in undertaking projects to improve quality of care and support NICE guidance implementation. She is also the Joint Chair of the East Midlands Clinical Audit Support Network, one of 15 regional networks that bring together people in clinical audit, effectiveness and quality improvement roles to share learning and good practice. Marina has worked for the NHS for 15 years in roles relating to clinical audit, effectiveness, governance and quality in primary, community and acute care organisations.

Aaron Oxford

Aaron Oxford is a Learning Disability Network Manager in the Engagement team.

Cally Palmer

Cally Palmer is NHS England’s National Cancer Director leading the implementation of the NHS Cancer Taskforce’s five year strategy for cancer care improvement, as well as new cancer Vanguards using outcomes-based commissioning to redesign care and the patient experience.

She is also Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and retains this role while seconded to NHS England.

James Palmer

James Palmer has been Medical Director for Specialised Services since NHS England’s inception in 2013. He is a member of NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning National Team. He is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Lydia Parkhurst

Lydia Parkhurst is a geography student at Hull University.

Joseph Pascoe

Joseph Pascoe is currently studying A-level maths, physics, chemistry, and English literature at sixth form.

He is using his personal experiences with mental health issues to help the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) Youth Council and working with the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service.

Louise Patten

Louise Patten is a registered nurse and Chief Officer for Aylesbury Vale CCG in Buckinghamshire.
She moved from District Nursing into management, initially as Assistant Director of Nursing then as commissioner for Primary Care and later Deputy Chief Executive & Board Nurse of a PCT.

After a year’s sabbatical doing an MBA, she worked as Director of Service Design for a commercial healthcare organisation then as CEO of the PBC group United Commissioning LLP, overseeing the transition to Aylesbury Vale CCG.

Dr David Paynton

David Paynton qualified in 1975 going into General Practice in 1981. He was a full time GP in Bath Lodge Practice, Southampton before stepping into the corporate world of the PCT in 2005.

As a full time principle, he was a past chair of the Wessex Faculty of the RCGP, chaired a local Multifund, an Out of Hours Cooperative as well as being a founder member of the GP Wessex Educational Trust and was a past GP tutor.

Moving into the PCT as Chair of the Professional Executive, he became interim director of provider (community) services before moving into a Commissioning role before leaving in 2010.

He has continued in part time clinical practice and is still working in an inner city practice in Southampton.

He was appointed as National Clinical Lead for the RCGP Centre for Commissioning in 2012 and is also the clinical lead for Out of Hospital care for Southampton CCG piloting self-management.

He was nominated as a Fellow of the RCGP in 1994, took a business degree in 2005 at Solent University and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to health care.

Susie Peachey

Susie Peachey is Improvement Manager for NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement Team (Transforming Care).
Susie is currently working in the team supporting 48 Transforming Care Partnerships to deliver their plans for changing how care and support is delivered, to help people with a learning disability, autism or both, live the lives they want.
Susie worked as part of the long term conditions team last year delivering bespoke service improvement support to CCG teams to enable them to transform services. She is also an accredited trainer for large scale change improvement methodology and has presented at numerous conferences and delivered coaching in quality improvement techniques to NHS consultants and managers.

Dr Gale Pearson

Dr Gale Pearson has been an intensive care consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital since 1995 and was involved in the preparation of the policy document on paediatric intensive care ‘A Framework for the Future’. He is a former chairperson of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society and was involved in setting up the national audit PICANet. He was also a former National Director of Confidential Enquiries in Children at The Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE). Dr Pearson is the current Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group on Paediatric Intensive Care at NHS England.

David Pearson CBE

David has been the Director of Social Services/ Director of Adult Social Care in Nottinghamshire since 2005.

During David’s time as Director the Adult Social Care Department has one of the best performing authorities in the country with a number of services and initiatives recognised for their innovation and excellence. These include the national Audit Office report on support available to adults with Asperger’s and the development of micro providers to provide adult social care.

David has overseen the successful introduction of personal budgets to all service users in receipt of community based services. The County Council is one of the top performing authorities in the country on provision of personal budgets and direct payments.

David also has responsibility for Public Health and the County Council Trading Standards, Community safety, the Registration service and Emergency Planning. He has been the Deputy Chief Executive since 2008.

David was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 2016 for services to adult social care.

Caroline Pollington

Caroline is Lead Nurse for Sutton Homes of Care.

Caroline graduated from Southampton University as a nurse in 2001, following undergraduate study in anatomy and biology. Her career to date has been within acute neurosciences, both neurology and neurosurgery, having performed a variety of roles, including ward-based junior, senior nurse, clinical nurse specialist and departmental staff educational lead.

Caroline’s joint passions for neurosciences and education led to post-graduate qualifications in these areas, and she is a NMC-registered nurse teacher. She recently completed a Darzi fellowship, which has enhanced her leadership capabilities.

Caroline believes in individual empowerment to achieve greatness and that, by giving health professionals the right skills, knowledge and support, they can have a huge impact on both individuals and systems.

Martyn Porter

Mr Martyn Porter is the National Joint Registry’s medical director and vice-chairman, appointed by the Department for Health from 1 February 2014.

Mr Porter is a practicing consultant orthopaedic surgeon based at Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire, a past-President of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and immediate past-President of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registers (ISAR).

Martyn has published many papers on the outcomes of various different types of joint replacement and techniques. He is a keen teacher and has lectured on many courses and conference, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Jeremy Porteus

Until 2011, Jeremy was the National Programme Lead for Housing at the Department of Health (DH) and responsible for its £227 million Extra Care Housing capital investment fund.

Since leaving the DH, Jeremy has established the highly-respected Housing LIN. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Health and Social Care Champion’s Group and is also Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Vulnerable and Older People’s Advisory Group (the government social housing investment body in England). He is the author of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People’s inquiry reports, ‘Living Well at Home’ and ‘Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation (HAPPI2)’. He was recently engaged again by the APPG as Secretariat to write the new HAPPI3 inquiry report, Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas, which looked into the future use of technology to support independent living. This was launched in June 2016.

Jeremy is also a Fellow of the NIHR Social Services Care Research team and a member of their Impact Working Group.

Twitter: @HousingLIN

Dr Mike Prentice

Dr Mike Prentice is interim Medical Director (North) in NHS England.

He trained as a GP in the North East and was a partner in a large practice in Gateshead for 15 years before moving into full time medical management. He has a wide range of experience including in public health; as director of a GP co-operative; a governor of a Foundation Trust and has held a range of NHS board level positions since 1999.

Mike is interested in leadership, informatics, commissioning, and quality improvement. He is the current chair of the North East Leadership Academy and independent vice Chair of the Scottish NHS Pension Board.

Graham Prestwich

Graham Prestwich is Lay Member NHS England Allied Health Professions (AHP) Medicines Project Board.

David Probert

David took up the position of chief executive at Moorfields in April 2016. He was the former director of strategic development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. David is a past fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, USA and holds an MBA from the University of Leicester.

Gillian Radcliffe

Gillian Radcliffe leads communications and engagement work within the Insight and Feedback Team at NHS England, supporting work primarily on the Friends and Family Test but also around national surveys and related projects.

Gillian has been a senior communications professional in the public sector for almost 30 years, with experience in the health, education and criminal justice sectors.

Dr Anne Rainsberry

Dr Anne Rainsberry is the NHS England, Regional Director for London.
She leads the region in its work to improve health across the capital, ensuring high quality care for every Londoner and working to make London the healthiest global city in the world.

She oversees £16bn health spend across the capital.

Anne joined NHS England from NHS London where she was Deputy Chief Executive and an executive member of the Board for 6 years. She has worked in the NHS for 30 years. During this time she has undertaken senior leadership roles at local, regional and national levels.

Anne has operated at Board level since 1995. She joined the Department of Health in 2001 as Director of Development for the South East Regional Office and then moving to lead this agenda across the South of England.

Shahana Ramsden

Shahana Ramsden is Senior Co-Production Lead NHS England and the Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC).

Her 29-year career includes supporting co-production with people who use services and carers and leading equalities programmes. Prior to her role with NHS England and C4CC, Shahana worked as a Patient and Public Voice Manager for NHS England’s Patient Online programme.

Shahana has held roles at director and deputy director level across a number of national programmes including the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health programme and NHS Employer’s Positively Diverse programme.

In the past 12 months, she has graduated from the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan programme with a certificate in Executive Healthcare Leadership, has been recognised by the Health Service Journal as a BME pioneer and was highlighted as one of 100 virtual change activists for health and social care through NHS Improving Quality (The Edge).

Follow Shahana on Twitter @ShahanaRamsden

Suzanne Rastrick

Suzanne Rastrick has been NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer since September 2014.

Her pivotal role includes taking the lead in developing the vital contribution from the 12 allied health professions (AHPs) to further improve the commissioning and services provided by AHPs to achieve better outcomes for patients after illness and injury.

She works alongside colleagues both within and outside of NHS England, as the senior adviser to the Department of Health on AHP matters, as well as representing England’s health professionals on the international stage.

Suzanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) from Oxford in 1986 and began her career in the acute hospital sector.

She was one of the first allied health professionals (AHPs) to hold a substantive Director of Nursing post. She has also been Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust Cluster, and has a Non-Executive portfolio in the commercial and not for profit Housing Sector and sits on a number of national groups.

Since 2013, she has played a prominent role in clinical commissioning, as Interim Chief Executive of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group during its shadow form, followed by Director of Quality.

Dr James Ray

Dr James Ray is Emergency Medicine Consultant at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Governance Lead for NHS 111 in Oxfordshire.

His main current interest is to improve the urgent care pathway by making it as accessible as possible without compromising safety and effectiveness to improve the patient experience. Also, to spread out the workload across services, encourage team working throughout providers and continue to develop the workforce needed for the ever increasing demand.

James is an advocate of all doctors and nurses, from all backgrounds, whether primary or secondary care, working together with the sole aim of providing the same goal, to put the patient first. Such idealism, he says, is the key to success of the National Health Service.

Don Redding

Don Redding is Director of Policy for National Voices, the coalition of charities that stands for people being in control of their health and care.

He has led National Voices’ work on integrated care, including the production of five ‘narratives’ demonstrating what people themselves want from ‘person-centred coordinated care’. More recently Don was part of the Realising the Value programme working with NHS England to develop a new articulation of value in health and care, based on what matters most to people and communities.

A former social care journalist, Don has worked for leading national voluntary organisations since 1991, and was previously head of policy and communications for Picker Institute Europe.

Paul Rice

Paul Rice is the Head of Technology Strategy in the Digital Health team in NHS England. He leads the team that is instrumental in delivering a digitally enabled and “paperless” NHS.

For the past two years he has overseen delivery of four major capital funds worth in excess of £300million that help the NHS build the capability to introduce integrated digital care records and enable nurses to transform practice, enabled by technology, to “release time to care”.

Paul was a major contributor to the National Information Board’s roadmap document, Personalised Health and Care 2020 – published last November – the first articulation by the health and care system of its commitment to release the benefits of digital technology, data and intelligence.

He is currently leading one of the key delivery work streams.

Paul was formerly the Director of the Long Term Conditions programme in Yorkshire and Humber with a particular focus on Telehealth. He has been a Primary Care Trust Director, a transformation director in the NHS Modernisation Agency and a policy lead in the Department of Health.

He has published and spoken widely on the challenges and opportunities to deliver high quality, efficient and effective service models utilising assistive technology/telehealth/information technology.

Paul holds a first degree in Law and Accounting and a Doctorate in Medical Law and Bioethics.

Yvonne Richards

Yvonne Richards is a National Senior Manager for Multispecialty Community Providers.

She has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS during which she has worked in a number of commissioning and provider organisations in roles spanning both strategic and operational management.

These have included Senior Programme Manager, leading a CCG’s authorisation, Commissioning Manager in a Primary Care Trust, working with a range of specialist clinicians to develop and redesign services for patients with long term conditions and Emergency Systems Manager in an Ambulance Service managing city-wide emergency activity.

Yvonne’s most recent role was Programme Manager for Health & Social Care Integration in the Birmingham Better Care programme.

She has a particular interest in system redesign and integrated working.

Yvonne began her NHS career working as a GP Receptionist, before moving onto an acute hospital. She holds a Masters in Healthcare Leadership along with other post graduate change management qualifications.

Sir Mike Richards

Professor Sir Mike Richards was a hospital physician for more than 20 years. After a variety of training posts he was a consultant medical oncologist between 1986 and 1995, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals between 1995 and 1999.

In 1999 Sir Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. In 2007, his role was extended to include end of life care. He led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan in 2000, the Cancer Reform Strategy in 2008 and Improving Outcomes: A strategy for cancer in 2011.

In July 2012 he was appointed as Director for Reducing Premature Mortality on the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England). In this role he led the development of a cardiovascular outcomes strategy.

He became CQC’s first Chief Inspector of Hospitals in July 2013 and led the development and implementation of a new approach to hospital inspection which assessed services on whether they are safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led. Sir Mike will be retiring from this role at the end of July.

Sir Mike was awarded a CBE in 2001 and appointed a Knight Bachelor in 2010

Dr Keith Ridge

Dr Keith Ridge CBE is the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, employed by NHS England, but also supporting the Department of Health and Health Education England. He is head of the pharmacy profession with a workforce of some 150,000 people.

He is based within the Medical Directorate and leads on various work-streams including getting better outcomes and value through optimising medicines use.

Keith works with Bruce Keogh and across the organisation on the implementation of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme. This involves close working across the organisation to make the most of community pharmacy.

He leads on reform of specialist pharmacy services and supports HEE on reform of pharmacy education and training.

Keith is working across the system on reducing the threat of antimicrobial resistance and working with DH on rebalancing medicines legislation and professional regulation. He also holds the general role of being the systems’ principal advisor on pharmacy and medicines use.

He was previously Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for DH where he led the development of a well-regarded pharmacy White Paper setting out a clinical vision for pharmacy. He led the reform of pharmacy professional regulation including the establishment of the General Pharmaceutical Council and established and led the Modernising Pharmacy Careers programme aimed at reforming pharmacy pre and post registration education and training. He also held the senior role in pandemic and seasonal influenza planning.

Before that Keith was the chief pharmacist at University Hospital Birmingham FT, and prior to that Chief Pharmacist at North Glasgow University Hospital Trust. He has practiced in hospital, community and industrial pharmacy.

Keith qualified as a pharmacist 1988 with a PhD in pharmacy practice, University of Manchester. He holds the University of Manchester Outstanding Alumni Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a Fellow of UCL School of Pharmacy and honorary Professor in Infectious Disease and Immunity Section of Imperial College Medical School. He was awarded the CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to pharmacy and patients.

William Roberts

William Roberts is National Lead, Enhanced Health in Care Homes, New Care Models Programme.

William is an experienced NHS director with a clinical background. As a trained nurse, he has worked in both hospital and community services and was a Nurse Specialist in Tuberculosis and HIV.

William’s first management role was running a clinical network and he held a variety of commissioning and senior leadership roles in the NHS, including roles in Public Health, Strategy, Corporate Affairs and Planning.

For a number of years, William was a visiting lecturer at City University. Before joining the New Care Models Team, he was Director for Strategy and Planning at NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Damien Roland

Dr Damien Roland is Consultant and Lecturer Paediatric Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

He is one of the core team for NHS Change Day, which used social media to share thousands of pledges of action.

It was the biggest day of collective action for improvement in the history of the NHS and won a global challenge for management innovation prize from Harvard Business Review and McKinsey.

He was also named a top 50 innovator by the HSJ in 2013 and a rising star earlier this year.

Dr Roland is co-director of QuackApps, which produces bespoke mobile and website enabled products. These include the Paediatric Observation Priority Score, a checklist that demonstrates an acuity score (0-16) of acutely ill children using data that is easy to collect.

Dr Roland is also operational director of the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic Group, a social enterprise dedicated to improving the care of ill or injured children.

He also founded Running Horse Group, a network of paediatricians who are interested in learning the skills required to improve and develop services for children and young people.

Professor Martin Rossor

Professor Martin Rossor trained in Neurology at the National Hospital, Queen Square and undertook research into the neurochemistry of degenerative dementia at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit, Cambridge.

He is honorary consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery where he established the specialist cognitive disorders clinic which acts as a tertiary referral service for young onset and rare dementias. Clinical research interests are in neurodegenerative disease and particularly in familial disease.

He is the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research, Director of the NIHR Queen Square Dementia Biomedical Research Unit and a NIHR Senior Investigator.

He was Director of the NIHR Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Network (DeNDRoN) from 2005-2014, Editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2004-2009 and President of the Association of British Neurologists 2011-2013.

Rosamond Roughton

Rosamond Roughton is Director of NHS Commissioning at NHS England.

Jon Rouse

Jon Rouse is Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Prior to this Jon was Director General for social care, local government and care partnerships at the Department of Health.

Martin Routledge

Martin Routledge is NHS England’s Director of the Coalition of Collaborative Care.

He has worked in public services for 33 years, twenty of them spent working mostly for and with local government – often leading integrated social care and health teams and initiatives and incorporating periods of academic work and teaching in higher education.

From 2002-11, at the Department of Health, Martin played a leading role in the development of the personalisation agenda initially in social care and then extending to health.

From 2008-11 he led the national Department of Health Putting People First initiative.

After leaving the Department Martin led the establishment and was first manager of the Think Local Act Personal national leadership partnership for personalisation and was Head of Operations for the charity In Control – which pioneered personalisation across public services.

Colin Royle

Colin is a co-founder of Peoplehub CIC – a not for profit organisation made up of people with lived experience of receiving a personal health budget. Peoplehub are a strategic partner to NHS England in the implementation of personal health budgets and Integrated Personal Commissioning and also work with Clinical Commissioning Groups in setting up local peer networks that enable genuine collaborative working.

Colin was previously a carer for his father Malcolm for seven years until he passed away in April last year. Malcolm suffered from a rare form of dementia and started receiving a personal health budget in 2009.

Mandy Rudczenko

Mandy Rudczenko’s varied experience includes 15 years working as a mental health nurse, adult education tutor, and tutor trainer.

She has been a carer for her son who has Cystic Fibrosis and Immune Deficiency for 14 years and, as a carer, has become actively involved in:

  • Patient/Public Voice Representative on the Clinical Reference Group for Cystic Fibrosis, since June 2013.
  • Member of the People’s Panel for the Future of Health Conference 2014 – as a Citizen Journalist and Commentator.
  • Member of the Co-Production Group – The Coalition for Collaborative Care, since January 2015.
  • Expert by Experience on the People and Communities Board; one of the ‘Five Year Forward View’ boards, since June 2015.
  • Member of the People’s Panel for Expo 2015.

Mandy is a keen writer since a very early age, her portfolio includes: poetry, plays, published articles about her son’s condition, tweeting, and a blog about Expo.

Mandy passionately believes in the vision of people having more control over managing their own health alongside more collaborative equal relationships between people and health professionals.

Anthony Rudd

Tony Rudd is a Stroke Consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital, the National Clinical Director for Stroke with NHS England and the London Stroke Clinical Director. He is Professor of Stroke Medicine at Kings College London and chairs the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party at the Royal College of Physicians which has been responsible for developing the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke and running the National Sentinel Stroke Audit programme. He chaired the NICE Guidelines Group for Acute Stroke and TIA and the NICE Stroke Quality Standards Development Group. His research interests are stroke rehabilitation, organisation of care and quality improvement and he has over 300 peer reviewed publications. He is a past president of the British Association of Stroke Physicians and is Hon Vice President of the Stroke Association. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013

Dr Kate Ryan

Dr Kate Ryan is presently a Consultant Haematologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary and has specialist interests in haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell and thalassaemia), other red cell disorders and general haematology.

Other roles include Chair of the Clinical Reference Group for Haemoglobinopathy Specialist Commissioning and Chair of NEQAS General Haematology Steering Group. She was Chair of the General Haematology Task Force of the British Committee for Standards in Haematology from 2006-2012.

She is interested in the standardisation of care though guidelines and quality standards and was national joint lead for the adult haemoglobinopathy peer review programme 2012-2013. She has contributed to UK guidelines in sickle cell and thalassaemia as well as other haematological disorders

Joan Saddler OBE

Joan Saddler is Associate Director of Patients and Communities at the NHS Confederation.

She was formerly National Director of Patient and Public Affairs based within the Patient and Public Engagement and Experience Division at the Department of Health. Areas of responsibility included NHS and 3rd sector liaison, complaints, local involvement networks (LINks) and transition to Healthwatch.

As a former PCT Chair and Mental Health trust Non Executive Joan also brings a governance lens to her work along with her experience as a Chief Executive within the community and voluntary sector.

Joan was awarded an OBE for services to Health and Diversity in 2007. Her experience informs her role working with the Chief Executive of NHS England as Co-Chairs of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council.

Dr Heather Salt

Dr Heather Salt (pictured on the right) is Consultant Clinical and Health Psychologist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England’s National Clinical Adviser for IAPT-LTC. Heather has worked for over 25 years in primary and secondary care services with patients with LTCs. She is accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies as a cognitive behavioural therapist, supervisor and trainer, and was the IAPT PWP course director and HI academic supervisor at the University of Reading for the first three years of the set-up and running of IAPT training courses. More recently, Heather has been leading the IAPT-LTC team in Oxfordshire which is a wave 1 Early Implementer site. Heather (right) is pictured with Marion Elliot, Cardiology Liaison Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Oxford University Hospitals Trust.

Toby Sanders

Toby Sanders Managing Director (Accountable Officer) – West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Toby Sanders leads the management support team and all aspects of the corporate running of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Toby also has a collaborative role with the two neighbouring CCGs as the lead director for East Midlands Ambulance Service, NHS 111, Out-of Hours Services, Arriva, Any Qualified Provider and Urgent Care Centres. Toby is also the Joint Chair for Better Care Together – the 5-year transformation strategy for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) and also chairs the LLR System Resilience Group and Urgent Care Board.

An experienced Board Director, Toby previously held Deputy Chief Executive roles with the LLR Primary Care Trust (PCT) Cluster, and Leicester City PCT. Toby has also worked elsewhere in the NHS in acute hospital and strategic health authority roles and, before joining the NHS in 2003, worked in local government and management consultancy.

James Sanderson

James Sanderson is the Director of Personalisation and Choice at NHS England, working within the Strategy and Innovation Directorate to oversee the personal health budgets programme, the delivery of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Programme, and developing and implementing new models of delivering patient choice.

James joined the team in November 2015, and was formerly Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for the Independent Living Fund (ILF). The ILF was used to support disabled people across the whole of the UK to live independent lives through the provision of direct payments enabling the purchase of personal assistance support. After graduating, James embarked on a career in the private sector before joining the ILF in 2002 to undertake a number of senior roles including Operations Director with responsibility for front line service delivery, and Business Development Director with responsibility for performance development, change management and information governance.

You can follow James on Twitter @JamesCSanderson

Duncan Selbie

Duncan Selbie is Chief Executive, Public Health England

Prior to joining PHE on its formation in 2013, he was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional teaching hospital for the south east of England. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS and subsequently the first Director General of Commissioning. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority and before that Chief Executive of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. He joined the NHS on 1 January 1980.

Emma Selby

Emma Selby is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Digital Lead for North East London Foundation Trust’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services (EWMHS) in Essex

She has five years’ experience as a CAMHS, working in services for children across the North London and Essex area.

Her career highlights include winning the Nursing Times Rising Star Nurse of the Year in 2014 and creating the My Mind app.

Dr Niklas Serning

Dr Niklas Serning is Clinical Director of Off The Record Bristol, is a counselling psychologist and child psychotherapist. He has worked with children and young people for several years and in many roles as a counsellor, supervisor and manager. He teaches psychotherapy, ethics and sexuality at doctoral level, and also brings extensive experience from managing several United Nations operations in complex international emergencies.

Carl Shaw

Carl Shaw is one of three learning disability advisers and two learning disability network advisors working on the learning disability programme and has been with NHS England for 18 months.

He previously worked as a quality auditor at Dimensions – a charity which provides personalised social care services for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Kevin Shergold

Kevin Shergold has had a long and varied career working in nursing, education and IT, and still keeps busy in Worcestershire as a disability consultant.

He has the degenerative condition Cervical Myelopathy, which means he is now quadriplegic and requires permanent ventilation. He passionately believes that life can still be lived to the full, despite his disability.

John Short

John Short has been the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) since April 2013. He has been at the forefront of the Trust’s work to improve staff, service user and carer engagement and demonstrate a real Trustwide focus on service quality.

He began his career as a mental health social worker with local authorities and worked in a number of different settings, before moving onto mental health services management in the NHS over twenty years ago. John has worked in a number of Trusts providing services ranging from inner city to rural services. He has held a number of posts including Senior Manager Mental Health Services at the West Midlands Regional Office, Director of Mental Health and Learning Disability Services in Shropshire, Chief Operating Officer at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust and Director Change Programmes and Chief Operating Officer in Leicestershire. His first CEO post was as interim Chief Executive of Leicestershire Partnership Trust from 2011 until his appointment in Birmingham and Solihull.

John has led numerous service and organisational changes in his career, including steering many mental health services in their move from care in impersonal large asylums to care that is increasingly community and person centred and compassionate.

David Short

David Short RN, RNMS, MSc, BSc (Hons), Pg Dip (App.Psych) is Nurse Specialist/Lead Nurse at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is the principal treatment centre for teenage and young adults’ cancer services within the Northern Strategic Clinical Network.

Dr Natalie Silvey

Dr Natalie Silvey is a National Medical Director’s Fellow at NHS England.

Natalie graduated from Warwick Medical School in 2010. After undertaking foundation training in the West Midlands she completed ACCS core training in anaesthetics.

Natalie is a passionate advocate of the use of social media in medical education and quality improvement. She co-founded a successful journal club on Twitter, has been part of the #wedocs leadership team, and has been heavily involved in NHS Change Day.

Anu Singh

Anu is Director of Patient & Public Participation and Insight at NHS England. She takes the lead for NHS England in ensuring that the voice of patients, service users, carers and the public is at the heart of the way NHS England works. Central to implementing the Five Year Forward View vision, she is responsible for taking forward national programmes of work that not only embed patient and public voice, feedback and insight in the NHS commissioning system, but also actively promote patient-centred care and approaches to care that make the most of community and patient participation.

Anu has a long history of leading Personalisation, empowerment, and placing communities at the heart of decision making. Anu was previously Head of Business Improvement for Staffordshire County Council where she was responsible for the commissioning of mental health, social care, community safety and education. For 12 years prior to that she was Head of Development and Improvement at the London Borough of Harrow and at Birmingham City Council, taking the lead on Place Shaping, Localisation of services, Community Empowerment and Business Transformation.

Anu is passionate about the integration of public services around the customer. She has commissioned the largest integrated Health and Social Care Trust in the country, and is also a Non-Executive Director and Quality Chair of Whittington Hospital Integrated Care Trust.

Dominic Slowie

Dominic Slowie is the National Clinical Director for Learning Disability for NHS England.

He established and has chaired the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network which was established in 2010 and continues as part of the networks and senate hosted by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Area Team. The network has been responsible for a number of improvements in the care that people with learning disability receive in a number of healthcare settings.

He is passionate about improving the experiences of health for people with learning disability and is convinced this can only be done effectively through health and social care working seamlessly for the people who need their help.

Dominic is a GP by clinical background, qualifying from Newcastle University in 1991, and continues his clinical work three sessions a week.

He was a senior medical tutor at Newcastle University Medical School and continues to provide a small number of lectures annually using the innovative approach of ‘Operating Theatre’ a professional theatre company that uses stories to challenge and change perspectives on health.

Will Smart

Will Smart is Chief Information Officer (CIO) Health and Care in England.

A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, Will is responsible for providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in their interactions with health and social care; the outcomes for patients; and improved efficiencies in how care is delivered.

Prior to taking up this role, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years and. He first worked in the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland during his placement year from university, before taking up an analytics role at St. Mary’s NHS Trust in London on graduation.

In addition to senior roles in the NHS, Will has worked as a management consultant with major assignments focussing on IT strategy, service transformation, major IT service and contract reviews and outsourcing.

Ed Smith

Ed Smith is the Chairman of NHS Improvement, Non-Executive Director for NHS Property Services, and the Lead Non-Executive Director for the Department for Transport.

Ed is also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council at the University of Birmingham, a Member of the Competition and Markets Authority panel and is a Member of Council and Treasurer of Chatham House.

He was the former Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before retiring he had a successful 30-year career with PwC, holding many leading board and top client roles in the UK and globally as a Senior Partner.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith was appointed the NMC’s Chief Executive and Registrar in October 2012, having been appointed as acting Chief Executive and Registrar in December 2011.
Jackie joined the NMC as the director of Fitness to Practise (FtP) in August 2010, driving forward improvements to meet the NMC’s goal of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the public.
Jackie’s background is in law and she spent many years working for the Crown Prosecution Service at the Old Bailey and in the Director of Public Prosecutions Office. Jackie has a Law degree from Wolverhampton University, a qualification in Six Sigma and a diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy.
Jackie has extensive experience in healthcare regulation, working for the General Medical Council (GMC) for over 10 years as an assistant director and heading up their investigation unit for six years.
Jackie sat on the West Midlands Pathfinder Steering Group, and was a member of Revalidation Project Group for the London SHA.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is director of Foundations, the Department for Communities and Local Government-funded national body for home improvement agencies and Disabled Facilities Grants.

Paul joined Foundations in 2015 having previously worked as a senior housing and care commissioner for Staffordshire County Council.

Prior to this he managed two award-winning home improvement agencies for Telford & Wrekin Council and Cannock Chase Council. In these roles he set up home safety, handyperson and health through warmth services as well as a national HIA means-testing model for disabled facilities grant applicants.

Paul is a qualified building surveyor and member of the Chartered Institute of Building. His first job was designing and contract-managing adaptations, including hundreds of level access showers.

Toni-Marie Smith

Toni-Marie Smith is the Programme Operational Co-ordinator worker for Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) at The Children’s Society Include Programme.

She works to increase national awareness and support for young carers and their families and promote whole family working.

During her time with The Children’s Society she has also worked to build professional partnerships that will lead to early interventions for families to prevent a child taking on an inappropriate caring role; supported the running of the National Young Carers Festival and, through consultation with them and other young carers, helped to ensure young carers’ voices remain central to delivery.

Toni-Marie currently works on the Young Carers in Focus Programme, working with partners to provide Young Carers Champions with resilience, skills and knowledge to support them to raise awareness and advocate for change on a National and Local level. She is also working with the Champions to run a safe social network for all young carers and to roll out and monitor the Young Carers in Schools Programme.

Prior to this Toni-Marie gained a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology from the University of Portsmouth.

Ruby Smith

Ruby Smith is Head of Co-design and Improvement.

Ruby Smith is an experienced senior leader in housing, health and social care. Ruby joined South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) as Head of Co-design and Improvement in 2013. SYHA is a social landlord with approximately 6,000 homes across Sheffield. The LiveWell department combines housing, health and care expertise to provide person-centred, integrated health and housing solutions. Ruby is part of the senior leadership team at SYHA, leading the Co-Design and Improvement team to deliver a range of co-designed health integration projects, including Over2You, Co:Create and Ageing Better. She also works with a range of organisations, including Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield Universities, to facilitate patient and customer involvement in their work.

Felicity Smith

Felicity Smith is the National Co-ordinator for FaithAction – a national network of faith-based and community organisations.

She has a strong input into strategic development and oversees programmes and contracts delivered by the FaithAction network.

Felicity has worked on FaithAction’s Health and Social Care work since 2009, and as representative for the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

She has been a member of the Steering Group for Health and Care Innovation Expo for the last two years, ensuring the voluntary sector has representation across all the different elements of the event.

David Smith

Following an early career in finance David entered the voluntary sector in 1995 working in housing and advice before later specialising in mental health services. Developing a strong vision for good mental healthcare has allowed David to lead service redesign and develop lasting relationships with public sector partners that clearly demonstrates the positive impact partnership working can have.

Holding a Master’s in Charities Resource Management David regularly engages in public debate on issues such as mental health, charities and leadership.


Andrew Snowball

Andrew Snowball is head of engagement at HSJ.

Harpreet Sood

Dr Harpreet Sood is currently NHS England’s Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer and a practicing NHS doctor. Previously he was Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England.

Harpreet trained as a clinical doctor at King’s College London and Imperial College Business School and practiced as a doctor in East London.

Following this he did a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) at Harvard University where he focused on international health policy and co-founded a digital health start-up.

Post MPH, Harpreet was a Deland Fellow in health policy and management at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a large academic medical centre in Boston.

Harpreet’s current work at NHS England includes leading on the NHS Digital Academy and working on the Global Digital Exemplar Programme.

Professor Jane South

Jane South is Professor of Healthy Communities at the Institute for Health & Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University, where she leads a research programme on active citizens, volunteering and community health.

She is currently on secondment as the national adviser on communities working within the Health Equity and Mental Health team of Public Health England.

Her current programme of work is looking at dissemination and application of evidence on community engagement, asset-based approaches and social action in public health.

In her university role, Jane was Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) from 2013-16 and has led two National Institute for Health Research studies on lay and peer interventions.

Nicola Spencer

Nicola Spencer joined NHS England in April 2013 and is currently a Programme Support Manager in the Long Term Conditions (children and adults) Unit.

The unit works to improve the quality of life and end of life care for people with long term conditions and their carers.

Nicola has a degree in Business and Event Management and a Post Graduate qualification in Healthcare Leadership. Prior to joining NHS England, she started her NHS career in an Acute Trust working as a phlebotomist, before moving into a commissioning role where she worked for over four years within a service improvement team in Calderdale PCT.

Dr Joan St John

Dr Joan St John works with the Law Medical Group Practice, Wembley and Willesden, within NHS Brent CCG

Joan has been a GP with special interest in diabetes since 2003.

She is the lead for diabetes in a practice in Brent which serves approximately 15,000 people and has around 1,000 patients with diabetes.

David Stenson

David Stenson is a member of Dudley Patient Participation Group (PPG) and took part in the new care models site visit as a patient representative.

John Stewart

John Stewart is the Acting Director of Specialised Commissioning at NHS England. Immediately prior to that he was Director of Clinical Policy and Strategy, working for Professor Sir Bruce Keogh. Before joining NHS England, John held various senior roles within the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office for over twelve years.

Heather Stonebank

Heather Stonebank is Lead Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for Sheffield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT), a role in which she provides clinical leadership for the PWP workforce.

Heather has 11 years’ experience of working in mental health services within Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, working as part of Sheffield’s drug and alcohol team and on an acute mental health ward.
In October 2016 she was recruited into the Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Network, NHS England, on secondment as a Lead PWP Clinical Advisor.

She is also co-chair of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Low Intensity Special Interest Group.

Heather has a keen interest in research to inform guidelines and clinical practice, is a member of the Northern Practice Research Network and has been involved in several research studies which have reached publication.

Petula Storey

Petula Storey is Head of Volunteering at one of London’s largest and busiest hospitals, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and has been in this role since 2015.

The award winning volunteer programme has over 700 volunteers which support services at multiple sites across South East London and Kent.

Prior to joining the NHS, Petula worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years, both here and in the USA. There has been an element of volunteering in all the roles Petula has held during her career, either developing and managing volunteer-delivered services, or in a strategic capacity, developing and delivering an organisation’s volunteer strategy.

Kirstie Stott

Kirstie Stott is an NHS Graduate Management Trainee (GMTS) 2012 Cohort. She originally trained as a registered nurse in 1998 and worked in a nursing capacity for 14 years.

She started NHS life as an Accident and Emergency nurse in 2001 and went on to be the youngest national Emergency Care Practitioner for Yorkshire Ambulance Service working to a senior clinical level.

She is a certified Neuro Linguistic Practitioner after successfully gaining a place on the INNOV8 Accelerate Programme.

In 2011 she beat off 12,350 applicants to gain a place on the prestigious NHS GMTS. Her first placement was at Sheffield Teaching Hospital as an Assistant General Manager working on the integration of two directorates. She then spent 9 weeks working at The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management developing business cases and strategy planning where she is now regional lead for the FMLM steering group in the north.

Her final placement is at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT as a strategic planner leading on the Integrated Business Plan.

Her passions are in equality and diversity in the NHS and understanding and working towards removing the barriers that stop women and BME staff achieving senior leadership positions.

She also is currently regional lead for NHS Change Day 2014 Yorkshire and Humber.

She lives in Sheffield with her partner and 2 children. Outside of work she enjoys music, and being the best mum and having fun with her 2 boys.

Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, OBE, MRCPsych, is the National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England, a consultant psychiatrist in Oxleas NHS FT, and Visiting Professor, Integrated mental health education programme at UCL Partners.

For over 20 years she has held senior roles in mental health policy, regulation and clinical management, at national and London regional levels, and advises internationally on mental health service design and quality improvement, while working as a practising clinician. She has been involved in transformational large scale service development programmes, moving services from hospital based, to 24/7 home care and primary care models, in roles which have included: the Trust Director of Clinical services in Oxleas NHS FT (2005-2007), Director of Service development at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and Senior Lecturer, UMDS ( 1995-1998). She was the National Professional Adviser in mental health to the Healthcare Commission and the Care Quality Commission (2005-2012).

Her particular commitment is to the translation of policy and best practice evidence into front line routine clinical practice, empowering service users to reach their potential, and staff to maximise their time to care. She is passionate about the development of leadership competencies and using information to enable informed decision-making.

As London SHA Associate Medical Director (2009-2013), with responsibility for mental health, she led transformational change through the development of clinical networks for dementia and primary care mental health CCG leaders, developed ground breaking commissioning support care pathway profiling informatics tools, and high impact educational programmes. She was awarded the prestigious RCpsych Psychiatrist of the Year award in 2012.

Clinically, she has worked in a wide range of primary care, inpatient and community services, and latterly with people with complex and multiple needs, as a Consultant Psychiatrist for the Bromley Assertive Community Treatment team in Oxleas. She is committed to providing services which enable services users to live in their own homes, develop their own personalised care plans and self management expertise to achieve recovery, while at the same time working with community agencies to deliver coordinated, responsive, care pathways.

Service evaluation and research interests: Her teams have won awards for their use of technology in improving care, using patients as experts in staff training and leadership awards for new Ways of Working, the redesign of roles. Her research interests have included the fields of primary care mental health, evaluation of community services and dual diagnosis. Current research interests include the evaluation of competency based leadership programmes and clinical networks to drive transformational improvements, and high impact educational programmes.

Tim Straughan

Tim is the Head of Patient Choice which is part of the Personalisation and Choice Group at NHS England, working within the Commissioning Strategy Directorate and leading on the development and implementation of new models of delivering Patient Choice.

Tim joined the team in November 2016, and was formerly Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (now NHS Digital). Tim is also qualified dentist and chartered accountant and has also held a number of other national and local senior leadership roles within health and social care.

You can follow Tim on Twitter @timstraughan.

Ciaran Sundstrem

Ciaran Sundstrem is the Care Model Lead for the Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguards, and Programme Lead for Urgent and Emergency Care within NHS England.

He has worked in a range of roles within the NHS since starting on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2002, with particular experience in urgent and emergency care, health protection, health and justice, and substance misuse.

Matthew Swindells

Matthew Swindells is NHS England’s National Director: Operations and Information.

He joined NHS England in May 2016 from the Cerner Group and his role as Senior Vice President for Population Health and Global Strategy.

Matthew is responsible for national performance of the NHS against the NHS Constitution Standards, assurance of Clinical Commissioning Groups, achieving a paperless NHS, information and technology programmes and investment in data.

He has over 25 years’ experience in health care services and has worked in the Department of Health as a Chief Information Officer and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health. Prior to this he served as a Principal Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Service Reform.

Matthew began his career at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in the early 1990s, and went on to become Director of Clinical Services of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital and later Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, in the early 2000s.

He is visiting professor and chair of the advisory committee in the School of Health Management at the University of Surrey and Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Population Health Management.

Steve Sylvester

Steve Sylvester is Head of Specialised Commissioning (NHS England: Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire Area Team).

As the head of NHS England’s specialised commissioning team for the South West Steve is responsible for ensuring all specialised services across the region are of the highest quality no matter where people receive their care, and that people will have rapid access to these specialist services when they need them. However, the team aims to ensure people only spend as much time at a specialised centre as is necessary by linking well with local services to support as much care being provided as close to home as possible.

The team also hopes to prevent people from needing specialised care by working with a variety of partners to promote healthy lifestyle choices and support people with long term conditions to manage these in ways that reduce avoidable hospital admissions. In this way Steve and his team aim to commission the right kind of care at the right time to give people the best chance of great care and good outcomes.

Steve has a wealth of NHS experience, starting as a volunteer substance misuse support worker in 1993 and a six year career supporting the rehabilitation of people with a range of addictions as part of the community mental health team.

Between 2000 and 2003 he worked in a local district hospital supporting service improvement through service redesign, clinical audit, waiting list management and patient access. After this he spent six years leading on contracting and commissioning for a local Primary Care Trust until he joined the South West’s previous Specialised Commissioning Team as an Associate Director of Commissioning in 2009 where he supported and guided the team through the NHS’ transition until NHS England came into effect in April 2013.

During this transition period Steve represented the South West on several of the national Clinical Reference Groups that were tasked with developing the national services specifications and commissioning policies that are currently being implemented across England and continues to support NHS England’s development and success. However, he is keen to ensure that decisions taken by specialised commissioners in the South West reflect the needs and wishes of local people, with ‘collaboration and communication’ words that not only reflect what the team does, but how it does it.

Charles Tallack

Charles is Head of the NHS Operational Research and Evaluation Unit, part of NHS England’s Analytical Services.

The team he leads is responsible for the evaluation and wider analysis of a range of national transformation programmes, including New Care Models, Integrated Personal Commissioning and Right Care.

The Operational Research and Evaluation Unit applies a mixture of analytical approaches to national policy and operational issues.

Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor is chief executive of National Voices, the national coalition of health and care charities for England.

Jeremy acts as a representative, expert advisor, writer, commentator and speaker on issues that National Voices champions, especially person centred care, and patient and public engagement.

Dr Ros Taylor

Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, is National Director for Hospice Care at Hospice UK the national charity for hospice care, which represents more than 200 hospice care organisations across the country.

Dr Taylor joined Hospice UK as National Director for Hospice Care in October 2014 and prior to that was a Trustee at the charity. Her role involves her driving the clinical agenda for hospice care at a national strategic level and promoting and supporting excellence in the end of life care sector.

Before working at Hospice UK she was Director of The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, which she joined in 1996.

Dr Taylor has more than 20 years’ experience working in palliative care, including in community, hospital and hospice settings.

She has a special interest in medical education, medical humanities and ‘whole person care’ and has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally.

Rebecca Tempest

Rebecca Tempest joined NHS England in October 2015 as a Senior Communications Officer for the Personal Health Budgets and Integrated Personal Commissioning teams. Rebecca works alongside the Communications and Network Manager to provide a range of communications support to the national teams. Rebecca has a background in project management and communications in the NHS and charity sectors, and she has previously worked clinically in both primary and secondary care mental health services.

Neil Francis has over 30 years’ experience working in the public sector. His current role is as a project manager for NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, responsible for coordinating personalisation initiatives within the local Better Care programme. This includes the implementation of Personal Health Budgets.

Michelle Buck has been working for Friends Families and Travellers (FFT) since January 2010. Michelle is of Irish Traveller heritage through marriage. She is a founder member of GAIT (Gypsy and Irish Travellers association South East England) and previously worked as a volunteer caseworker and advocate. Her current role at FFT is as a health engagement worker – a position funded by Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.

Geraldine Desmoulins had a successful career in the private sector before moving to Brighton and Hove in the 1970s. Geraldine has worked in the voluntary sector for over 30 years, and in her current role as Chief Officer she has taken The Fed Centre for Independent Living from a small organisation with 5 staff, to one with 66 paid staff, over 80 volunteers, delivering a range of projects and services enabling people to live as independently as possible.

Neil Tester

Neil Tester is Director of Policy and Communications at Healthwatch England.

His working life began in journalism and has since taken in communications, marketing, policy, strategy and public affairs in a range of leadership roles in networked charities such as Girlguiding UK and Relate, membership organisations including the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and in the public sector.

Healthwatch England has statutory powers to ensure the voice of consumers is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services. It supports the network of 152 local Healthwatch across England, who provide unique insight into people’s experiences of health and social care issues.

Follow Neil Tester on Twitter: @NTtweeting.

Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson is Chief Executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

Mike took up the position of CEO of the ABPI in March 2016, joining from GlaxoSmithKline where he was most recently senior vice president of global commercial strategy and platforms leading teams of experts in areas such as multi-channel, market research and analytics as well supporting colleagues in research and development to bring new medicines to launch.

During 20 years with GSK Mike spent seven years as the commercial strategy head for Europe and before that ten years in the UK company in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles.

A graduate of The Queen’s College, Oxford, Mike has worked across multiple sectors including food, drinks, toiletries and Government agencies. He joined Unilever as a trainee in 1981, leaving in 1995 as Marketing Director in the UK, to join GSK.

Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is Head of Patient Experience for Acute Services at NHS England and leads on experience of care in acute trusts, ambulance services, cancer services, and services for frail older people.

She previously worked at NHS Improvement as a national improvement lead for acute respiratory services and pulmonary rehabilitation facilitating the implementation of the COPD and Asthma Outcomes Strategy.

Catherine qualified as a physiotherapist in 1996 and pursued a clinical and academic career in acute respiratory medicine and critical care.

Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at Northwick Park Hospital and clinical network lead for psychological medicine at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. He was a member of the NHS England Mental Health Crisis Care Subgroup which developed London’s Section 136 Pathway and Health Based Place of Safety Specification and is leading the introduction of the Framework for Routine Outcome Measurement in Liaison Psychiatry at CNWL; James Hughes is a liaison psychiatry team manager at St Mary’s Hospital; Genevieve Holt is a clinical fellow in liaison psychiatry at Northwick Park Hospital.

Peter Tinson

Chief Operating Officer NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group.

Peter has extensive commissioning experience across Lancashire and Merseyside and, prior to his appointment at the clinical commissioning group (CCG), was a CCG deputy chief officer. He has undertaken a wide range of senior commissioning roles across primary, community, secondary and tertiary services, including the successful negotiation of large and complex contracts, and the development of new primary and community service models and associated capital builds.

Dr Alison Tonkin

Dr Alison Tonkin is Head of Higher Education and Access at Stanmore College.

Follow Alison on Twitter: @TonkinAlison.

Laura Tooley

Laura Tooley brings 27 years of healthcare experience to her current NHS England role of Quality Improvement Programme Lead.

Her deep passion for palliative care and the ‘person in the patient’ was ignited during her student nurse training in the 1980’s.

Having held many clinical and healthcare leadership roles, including executive director of a palliative care community interest company, Laura is now relishing the challenge of working with others to consider the needs of the West Midlands population as a whole.

An advocate of the power of ‘human’ leadership and mobilising others for change, Laura is a student of the School for Health and Care Radicals and the Nye Bevan Programme – Leading Care III, NHS Leadership Academy.

Duncan Tree

Duncan Tree is Head of Policy and Performance at Volunteering Matters, the national volunteering charity with more than 52 years’ experience in developing and promoting citizen led volunteering initiatives which improve health and care outcomes.

Volunteers have always been at the heart of person centred, quality health care. Volunteering Matters (formerly CSV), is committed to demonstrating and promoting the importance in improving health and care outcomes. Our work and that of our partners in the volunteer involving sector continues to illustrate the positive impact of (and the need for investment in) volunteering as an essential element of our health and care system.

John Trevains

John Trevains is a Mental Health Nurse who joined the NHS England Learning Disability Programme in July. Prior to this he has held a range of posts across health and social care settings over a 22 year long career. Twitter handle: @jtrevmhn

Mark Trewin

Mark Trewin is the Service Manager for Mental Health at Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

He was co-chair of the local Crisis Care Concordat Implementation Group and represents social care at the West Yorkshire Mental Health Sustainability and Transformation Plans Group.

Mark is NHS England’s Social Care and Social Work Expert Advisor and the Joint Special Interest Group Lead for Social Care and Social Work with the Positive Practice Collaborative for Mental Health. Follow Mark on Twitter at @markybt.

Matt Tull

Matt Tull is a 26 year old with Type 1 diabetes, who was diagnosed just after his twelfth birthday. He works for a social enterprise in Hackney and lives in Brixton in South London.

Karen Turner

Karen Turner was appointed Director of Mental Health for NHS England in July 2015 to provide leadership and oversight of mental health in the NHS – a priority for NHS England. Before this she worked for over 30 years in health: her career has included time in hospitals, health and local authorities, regions and the Department of Health where she worked in the Teenage Pregnancy Unit and on children’s and mental health policy.

Iain Upton

Iain Upton is a Patient Representative on the Integrated Urgent Care Workforce Development Programme.

He served as an Officer in the Royal Navy for 34 years before his medical discharge in 2015 following naso-pharyngeal cancer. Significant radiotherapy-induced nerve damage leaving Iain unable to speak, see, or swallow properly.

He joined the Navy at 17, trained as an engineer and worked across an enviable array of employment fields – systems engineering at sea to workforce and resource planning.

Despite his recent disabilities, Iain injects the patient perspective into all levels of healthcare. Passionate about communication, he has also set up his own business to train presentation skills, as well as speaking himself wherever he can to whoever will listen.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji

Professor Jonathan Valabhji is National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS England.

He is a Consultant Diabetologist at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in West London and so remains highly active at the clinical coalface. The published clinical outcomes from his Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Service at the Trust are comparable to the best centres internationally. He is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, with a current research focus on diabetic foot disease as well as on diabetes population level health, and past publications on cardiovascular disease in diabetes. He is a committee member of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists.

As National Clinical Director, he is currently providing clinical leadership around a number of national initiatives, including the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, a collaboration between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK that aims to cause England to be the first country to implement at scale a national evidence-based Type 2 diabetes prevention programme.

Roland Valori

Roland Valori qualified as a doctor in 1976. He has been a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Gloucestershire since 1993. He has had an interest in achieving better value for money of health care services for 20 years. In 1999 he wrote an MSc thesis on implementing best care across the primary/secondary care interface

Roland was National Clinical Director for Endoscopy from 2003 to 2013. In recognition of impact he was awarded ‘NHS Change Leader of the Year’ in the first National NHS Leadership Awards (2009). He was the National Clinical Advisor to the English Bowel Cancer Screening Programme from 2006 to 2013.

In 2011 Roland was appointed Clinical Director for Service Accreditation in the Royal College of Physicians of London. He currently leads the Clinical Services Accreditation Alliance, a coalition of medical and other health professional organisations developing a strategy for more widespread accreditation of clinical services.

Roland has been a user of MSK services on several occasions during the last 11 years.

Dr Robert Varnam

Dr Robert Varnam PhD MSc MRCGP is the Head of General Practice Development at NHS England and a GP in a large inner city practice in Rusholme, Manchester.

Robert has been involved in leading service improvement and clinical governance within his practice, in the local area and nationally. He previously held roles in the PCT and practice based commissioning group, and was clinical lead for practice accreditation at the Royal College of General Practitioners.

His research work at the University of Manchester covered both epidemiological and sociological approaches to understanding quality and patient safety in primary care. He was involved in introducing new research governance procedures at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre.

At the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Robert was involved in the establishment of novel development programmes for primary care staff, to build practices’ ability to improve safety, quality and productivity.

Robert co-chaired the NHS Future Forum’s work on integrated care. He has been involved in the development of clinically led commissioning, including frameworks for authorising and supporting CCGs. He helped to establish the Royal College of GPs’ Centre for Commissioning and the NHS Institute’s development programmes for CCGs, and created NHS Improving Quality’s transformational change programme. He has provided advice on large scale change for policymakers and healthcare leaders from Birmingham to British Columbia.

Robert joined NHS England in 2013, with responsibility for developing policies and programmes to promote, support and sustain innovation and improvement in general practice. His aim is to make it easier for practices to make care more proactive and coordinated, holistic and person-centred, with fast and responsive access, effective health promotion and consistently high quality.

Lucy Verasamy

Lucy Verasamy is a meteorologist and weather presenter.

She started her career at Meteogroup, Europe’s biggest private weather company, where she stayed for five years before joining Sky’s breakfast show Sunrise.

In 2010, Lucy then joined ITV’s Breakfast programme before moving to cover the weather for ITV news and News at Ten where she is a regular on our TV screens.

Professor Martin J Vernon

Professor Martin J Vernon qualified in 1988 in Manchester. Following training in the North West he moved to East London to train in Geriatric Medicine where he also acquired an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London.

He returned to Manchester in 1999 to take up post as Consultant Geriatrician building community geriatrics services in South Manchester.

Martin was Associate Medical Director for NHS Manchester in 2010 and more recently Clinical Champion for frail older people and integrated care In Greater Manchester. He has been the British Geriatrics Society Champion for End of Life Care for the last five years and was a standing member of the NICE Indicators Committee.

In 2015 Martin moved to Central Manchester where he is Consultant Geriatrician and Associate Head of Division for Medicine and Community Services. He also holds Honorary Academic Posts at Manchester and Salford Universities and was appointed as Visiting Professor at the Centre for Ageing Studies, University of Chester in 2016.

In 2016 Martin was appointed National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care at NHS England.

Jennie Walker

Jennie Walker joined NHS England in March 2016 and is currently the Assistant Head of Patient Choice in the Personalisation and Choice Group.

Jennie is the lead on the Maternity Choice and Personalisation Pioneers who are focused on widening choice across CCG boundaries and deepening choice by providing opportunities for new providers; empowering women to take control through Personal Maternity Care Budgets (PMCBs); and enabling women to make decisions about the care that they receive.

Jennie is a solicitor with experience working with personalisation in social care through her previous role at the Independent Living Fund. She also has a Masters in Public Administration.

Alan Walker

Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology at the University of Sheffield. Previously Director of the 10 year UK research programme, The New Dynamics of Ageing, and several major European collaborations on ageing.

This blog has been supported by Sarah Salway, Professor of Public Health at Sheffield University and Daniel Holman, Research Fellow, University of Sheffield.

Katie Walkin

Katie Walkin joined NHS England in April 2014 and is currently a Project Delivery Manager in the Long Term Conditions (children and adults) Unit, working to improve the quality of life and end of life care for people with long term conditions and their carers.

She is taking a lead on healthy ageing and fire health projects. Katie has led on co-producing NHS England’s ‘A practical guide to healthy ageing’ and has been a part of the long term conditions engagement strategy.

The first six years of her working life began in McDonalds where she ran a £1.7 million per annum restaurant for the company.

Katie has a degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Law.

She started her NHS career in a Mental Health Trust and worked for four and a half years as a Mental Health Act Manager, having the responsibility for the execution of all duties and acts carried out by the Trust in relation to the Mental Health Act (1983), including ensuring that the grounds for detaining patients were valid and legal in protecting patient rights.

Dr Bruce Warner

Dr Bruce Warner works closely with the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer on the strategic and operational development of medicines policy for NHS England. Prior to this post,

Bruce worked as Deputy Director of Patient Safety at the NPSA and in NHS England where he led on the strategy for patient safety improvement and headed up the patient safety advice and guidance function.

Bruce has worked in most sectors of pharmacy including community, hospital, academia and at a PCG/T. He is also a visiting Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Huddersfield.

Dr Nigel Watson

Dr Nigel Watson MBBS FRCGP is Managing Partner in a large practice in the New Forest and been a GP for 30 years. Chair of the New Forest MCP and joint CEO of Hampshire MCP, New Forest MCP covers a population of 110,000 and has 11 practices. Hampshire now has 17 localities and covers a population of close to 1,000,000.

Chief Executive Wessex LMCs, the LMC represents 3000 GPs working in 500 practices in Bath & NE Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Swindon and Wiltshire.

Hampshire and Isle of White representative on the BMA’s General Practitioner Committee. Member of the Board of Health Education WESSEX LMCs. Member of the Board of the Wessex Clinical Senate. Member of the National Advisory Committee of the Voluntary MCP Contract.

Louise Watson

Louise joined the new care models programme in 2015 as the national lead for the multi-speciality community provider (MCP) care model. In June 2017, she became the Director of the new care models programme and is leading on the implementation of the new care models outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Louise has over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS. During that time she has held Board level roles spanning both health commissioners and providers.

Vicki Watson

Vicki Watson is a Specialist Public Health Dietician, with The Nutrition Team, Nottingham CityCare Partnership.

Sam Webb

Sam Webb has shared his experiences of living with Type 1 diabetes to mark World Diabetes Day.

Rob Webster

Rob Webster is the Chief Executive at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; previously he was the chief executive at the NHS Confederation.

He has worked in healthcare since 1990, including national roles at the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. He has been a director for both the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and a national public/private partnership.

Rob also spent seven years as a successful chief executive in the NHS in West Yorkshire, running a commissioning organisation (NHS Calderdale) and a provider organisation (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust). He has been a trustee at Leeds Mencap and has chaired formal national networks including cancer, primary care, community services and learning disabilities

As well as leading the Trust, Rob is leading the work of the West Yorkshire sustainability and transformation plan (STP). This sees him bringing together West Yorkshire health and care leaders, organisations and communities to develop local plans for improved health, care and finances over the next five years.

Rob is a visiting professor at the school of health and care at Leeds Beckett University and an honorary fellow of both the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Royal College of GPs. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Professor Bee Wee

Professor Bee Wee, FRCP FRCGP FAcadMEd MA Ed PhD, is National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS England.

Bee is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Professor at University of Oxford, where she is also Associate Director of Clinical Studies and Fellow of Harris Manchester College.

Originally from Malaysia, Bee qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1988, trained in general practice in Dublin, then moved into palliative medicine in Ireland, Hong Kong and the UK. She was Consultant/Senior Lecturer at Countess Mountbatten House, Southampton (1995-2003), where she became Deputy Director of Education, School of Medicine at the University. She was President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (2010-13), National Clinical Lead for e-ELCA, a DH-commissioned e-learning programme for end of life care, now hosted by Health Education England, and Chair of the Topic Expert Group for the NICE Quality Standard for End of Life Care (2011). She enjoys cooking and allotment gardening for relaxation.

Bee is Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and University of Worcester, and Honorary Professor at Sichuan University, China. She is Head of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care in Oxford. As NCD, she led the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People and is co-chair of the National Partnership for Palliative and End of Life Care which was responsible for publishing the ‘Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: a national framework for local action’ in 2015.

Dan Wellings

Dan Wellings leads NHS England’s Insight and Feedback Team, which oversees how the NHS collects experience and outcome data from patients, including national surveys such as CPES. Prior to joining NHS England, Dan was Head of Public Health Research at Ipsos MORI, working in the Social Research Institute. Dan has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a Senior Associate of the Nuffield Trust.

Lillie Wenzel

Lillie Wenzel joined The King’s Fund as a Fellow in the policy team in August 2014. Her work at the Fund has included a joint project with the Health Foundation on a transformation fund for the NHS, and the development of integrated commissioning options to build on the work of the Barker Commission on the future of health and social care. Lillie is currently working on a project exploring the impact of financial pressures in the NHS on patients’ access to quality care.

Before joining the Fund Lillie worked in the health team within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ advisory practice, where she supported NHS organisations on a range of assignments including public procurement projects, organisational and commercial change and strategy development projects. While at PwC, Lillie spent 18 months on a secondment to the Department of Health’s NHS Group where she worked on provider policy.

Jacob West

Jacob West is a national lead for NHS England’s New Care Models team. Jacob’s background is in public policy and health management. Prior to joining NHS England, he was strategy director at King’s College Hospital. From 2003 to 2010 Jacob worked in a number of roles at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, ultimately as acting director. He advised two Prime Ministers on public policy in a range of areas including health, criminal justice, and education. He has also worked as a senior policy advisor to the Premier in Queensland, Australia. Jacob was 2014-15 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health and remains an advisor to the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Dr Jo Whaley

Dr Jo Whaley is the Public Engagement Manager for Learning Disability in NHS England.

She manages the Learning Disability Engagement Team, which is based on the co-working model. The team aims to build a bridge between NHS England and people with a learning disability and/or autism, their families, carers and supporters; to work in partnership to make sure that people with lived experience are part of NHS England decision making. Find out more about the Learning Disability Engagement Team.

Until 2015, Jo worked in the voluntary and community sector, linking policy makers and commissioners with charities in health and social care.

She is also the Chair of Riverside Community Health Project, in the West End of Newcastle. Jo is passionate about equality and diversity and her career focuses on health equality.

Dr Emma Whicher

Dr Emma Whicher has worked for South West & St George’s Mental Health Trust as a consultant psychiatrist in addictions since 2006 and was appointed as Medical Director in 2012.

She has held a number of specialist roles in the community drug and alcohol teams in Richmond and Kingston, as well as working in the Rowan and Heather patient wards at Springfield University Hospital.

Emma studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Imperial College, London.

She worked as a junior doctor in Australia and was a psychiatry trainee in Leeds before moving to the Trust.

As Medical Director her focus is the quality of care delivered to service users and their families, she is also the Trust’s Responsible Officer for the revalidation doctors. Her clinical practice remains within the Trust’s addiction services.

She is also the Clinical Lead for Healthy London Partnership’s Mental Health Crisis Care Programme.

Jacquie White

Jacquie White is NHS England’s Deputy Director for Long Term Conditions with responsibility for improving the quality of life for people with Long Term Conditions, Older people and those at End of Life.

Jacquie has over 15 years’ experience of working in and supporting health and social care teams to improve the quality of services for and with their local population.

Having started her career in fund holding in a small rural general practice, Jacquie has worked across the public sector at a local, regional and national level.

She has significant experience of both commissioning and provider development and of supporting teams to integrate care across organisational boundaries.

Thomas Whitelaw

Thomas Whitelaw is the UK Project Engagement Lead – Dementia Carer Voices.

For five years he was a full-time carer for his late mother, Joan, who had Vascular Dementia, and in 2011 Tommy undertook a walk around Scotland’s towns and cities to collect hundreds of life story letters detailing the experiences of individuals caring for a loved one living with dementia.

Since then, he has engaged with thousands of carers through his ‘Tommy on Tour’ blog and as UK Project Engagement Lead with the Health and Social Care Alliance’s Dementia Carer Voices Project, conducting frequent talks to health and social care professionals and carer organisations across Scotland, to raise awareness of the impact of dementia on families and the importance of empowering carers in carrying out their difficult but vital role.

Tommy’s passion for his work and the Dementia Carer Voices Project has not gone unnoticed. He was the winner of the ‘Age Scotland Jess Barrow Award’ in 2013; Finalist Campaigner of the year 2013 for ‘The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards’, won the NHSGGC Chairman’s Ambassador Award 2013 and in 2015, Tommy was awarded the ‘British Citizen’s Medal for Services to Healthcare’ in recognition of his work to raise awareness of dementia and promote a fuller understanding of the carer journey.

Most recently, Tommy has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Kate Granger awards 2016 and received an Honorary Master of the Open University for Health, Social Care, Education and Policy making influence.

Groups and boards Tommy represents the project and the ALLIANCE on are: Fair for all Board Member North Ayrshire Council, Girvan Community Hospital Dementia Friendly Steering Group Member, Member of Scottish Government Dementia Strategy 2016-2019 Expert Advisory Group and NHS Education Scotland Promoting Excellence Dementia Programme Board Member.

Andy Whitfield

Dr Andy Whitfield is Chair and Clinical Lead of NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group.

He has been a GP for 24 years after completing his medical degree at Sheffield University in 1985. Andy was initially a partner in a GP training practice in Surrey before leaving in 2004 to take over a GP practice in Farnborough, Hampshire.

He has been involved in commissioning of one form or another since the existence of primary care groups around 14 years ago.

Andy is passionate about ensuring patients have access to the most appropriate care in the most appropriate place.

Lucy Wilkinson

Lucy leads on equality and human rights for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) including the Human Rights Approach which embeds equality and human rights throughout CQC’s regulation of health and adult social care services.

Lucy also leads on equality and human rights strategy, such as Equality Objectives. Previously, Lucy worked for CQC and Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) leading national reviews of safeguarding, health care in care homes and the CSCI “Equality matters” publications covering race, disability, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. Prior to this, Lucy worked for Oxfam, Refugee Action and Shelter and, more recently, was the chief officer at Leeds Involvement Project – an organisation enabling people using health and social care services to influence service commissioning and development including through reference groups and local and national user-led research.

In a voluntary capacity, Lucy has been active in equality groups and campaigns especially in relation to the rights of women, disabled people and LGB people. Lucy is a practicing Buddhist.

Professor Keith Willett

Professor Keith Willett is the Director for Acute Care to NHS England and is the Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford. An NHS consultant surgeon for 24 years he has extensive experience of trauma care, driving service transformation and healthcare management.  He has taught surgery and leadership extensively across the NHS and internationally.

In 2003 he founded the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education focusing on the treatment of critically ill and injured patients. This year IMPS, a children’s safety charity he launched, celebrated 20 years and over 250,000 children trained in risk awareness, first aid and life support.

He was the co-founder of the unique 24-hour consultant-resident Oxford Trauma Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in 1994. Building on that model, in 2009 he was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Trauma Care to the Department of Health and was charged with developing and implementing government policy across the NHS to radically improve the care of older people with fragility hip fractures and to establish Regional Trauma Networks and Major Trauma Centres. By 2012 both re-organisations and care pathways were successfully in place and are now credited with marked improvement in patient care and survival.

In his current role, he has the national medical oversight of acute NHS services ranging from pre-hospital and ambulance services, emergency departments, urgent surgery, acute medicine, children’s and maternity, armed forces, and health and justice services and national major incidents. He is now leading the transformation of the urgent and emergency care services across the NHS in England.

He was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Years Honour’s List in 2016 for services to the NHS.  On receiving this honour he said “I have been exceptionally privileged to build a career as part of the collective commitment of so many dedicated individuals and friends who are our NHS”.

Dr Mark Williams

Dr Mark Williams is a GP in rural Staffordshire, a New Models of Care Clinical Associate and a Clinical Director for a mental health trust.

He grew up in Staffordshire, studied in Manchester and returned to Staffordshire to complete his studies and training.

Mark, who is married with two children, previously worked for the two Northern Staffordshire CCGs before leaving and then becoming a co-founder of a GP federation of 87 practices serving almost 500,000 patients.

He is driven by a desire to promote patient centred, clinician led and relationship based health care that benefits communities.

Professor Norman Williams

Consultant colorectal surgeon Professor Norman Williams became College President in July 2011. He is Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovation at the Academic Surgical Unit of Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation.

His main clinical interests are sphincter preservation and reconstructive surgery, and his scientific interests are concentrated on GI motility and anorectal physiology.

Professor Williams was elected as a Council Member and Trustee of the College in 2005; chaired the Research and Academic Board and the Invited Review Mechanism; and was Lead for the National Fellowship Scheme.

Prior to being elected as College President, he was President of the Society of Academic & Research Surgery and President of the Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group, the national patient charity.

Professor Williams has also been Chairman of the UKCCCR committee on Colorectal Cancer, President of European Digestive Surgery, President of The International Surgical Group and Vice Chairman of The British Journal of Surgery.

Professor Williams is joint editor of Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery, co-author of Surgery of the Anus, Rectum and Colon, and is a founding trustee and Chairman of Bowel & Cancer Research.

He was a Fulbright Scholar (1980-82), and was awarded the Patey Prize of the SRS (1978), the Moynihan Travelling Fellowship (1985), the Society of Authors Prize (Jointly 1995) the Nessim Habif Prize, University of Geneva (1995), the Galen Medal of the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries (2003) and the Cutler’s Surgical Prize (2011).

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians, and is an Honorary Fellow of The American Surgical Association, the German Society of General and Visceral Surgery, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Brazilian College of Surgeons and the Society of General Surgeons of Peru.

In 2011 he gave the prestigious Hunterian Oration at the College, and in 2013 he will become an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgery.

Susie Williams

Susie Williams is currently studying her final year of A Levels at Frome College and applying to University to study Medicine.

She is passionate about healthcare being of a high quality everywhere and for everyone, and believes there is a different way to address illness and disease that is based on prevention and living vitally.

She is a lifeguard, swimming instructor, blogger and hospital volunteer and hosts a regular Patient Participation Group at her local medical practice, through which young people can voice their experiences and ideas on their healthcare.

She is a member of the NHS England Youth Forum made up of 25 young people from all over the country, who have a passion for improving health services for young people.

Manda Williamson

Manda Williamson is the Director of Positive Opportunities for Wellbeing (POW), a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Devon.

After a long career working as the Chief Executive of a mental health voluntary sector organisation, a few years ago Manda set up a social enterprise which aims to support people to take control of their health and their life.

She is a passionate advocate of personalising care for people with long term health needs, including people living with mental health concerns..

Dr Janet Williamson

Dr Janet Williamson is Director of National Improvement Programmes for NHS Improving Quality. NHS Improving Quality brings together the improvement expertise for healthcare, working on large scale change and is part of NHS England, Medical Directorate. Janet works closely with policy leaders, Department of Health, public health England, National Clinical Directors for NHS England, clinical networks, commissioning, and providers of healthcare services.

With over 25 years’ experience of managing both clinical and non-clinical services across the NHS, Janet has also been involved in and led a number of large improvement programmes, including total quality management, business process re-engineering and the Cancer Services Collaborative ‘Improvement Partnership’, which was instrumental in reducing GP referral to cancer treatment waiting times from nine months to two.

Between 2007 and 2013, Janet was National Director, NHS Improvement, a national team renowned for its experience and expertise in practical service improvement which has redesigned clinical pathways in cancer, diagnostics, heart, lung and stroke. It demonstrates some of the most leading edge work in England, helping to improve patient experience and outcomes. Much of its work provides the foundation for NHS Improving Quality.

In 2012, NHS Improvement under Janet’s leadership, was officially recognised as one of The Sunday Times 100 best places to work in the not for profit sector.

In 2007, she was awarded a professional Doctorate, identifying critical factors for spreading whole system change in healthcare. This drew on over four years of learning from change in cancer at a national, network and local team level.

Giles Wilmore

Giles Wilmore is Director for Patient & Public Voice & Information, NHS England.

Dr Peter Wilson

Dr Peter Wilson has been a consultant in paediatric intensive care medicine at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since 2003 and has been involved in delivering critical care for 15 years.

Peter has been Clinical Director of Southampton Children’s Hospital since 2010 and has created a number of regional networks to improve care and efficiency.

He is immediate past President of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society, a position that involved creating national standards, implementing national plans and working with commissioners around issues such as capacity management especially during winter pressures.

In 2015, Peter took up a post with NHS England delivering paediatric and women’s specialist services nationally. He is involved in the national reviews of paediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, paediatric surgery and cardiac surgery.

Dr Penny Woods

Dr Penny Woods is Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation.

Penny qualified as a doctor in 1987 and has an MA from Cambridge University and MBA from INSEAD.

She has many years’ experience in the healthcare sector working as a management consultant for clients including governments, multi-national companies, NHS organisations and private healthcare providers. She spent seven years in a number of senior roles at BTG plc, and before joining the BLF she was chief executive of the Picker Institute Europe.

Penny is passionate about working on behalf of patients, from personal and family experience of COPD, asthma, obstructive sleep apnoea and motor neurone disease.

You can follow Penny on Twitter: @blfpenny.

Dr Simon Woodworth

Dr Simon Woodworth is a GP at Stockport’s Beech House Medical Practice and prior to that he was based at Chadfield Medical Practice since 2006. In addition to his GP role, he is involved with teaching medical students and has a role in commissioning with Stockport CCG.

Professor Anthony Woolf

Professor Anthony Woolf is Chair of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA).
He is Honorary Professor of Rheumatology, University of Exeter Medical School, and Plymouth Peninsula Medical and Dental College, and Clinical Director of the NHS National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network Southwest Peninsula.
He is involved in various initiatives to raise awareness of the impact of musculoskeletal conditions and priority for education, prevention, treatment and research at a national, European and global level.

Dr James Woollard

Dr James Woollard is a Clinical Leadership Fellow with Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England.

During this Fellowship he is also working at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust on a project to develop a Community Education Network for Looked After Children in Greenwich.

Prior to the Fellowship he was a Specialty Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on the St Mary’s Rotation, London.

He will be presenting a review of technology based interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health disorders at the 2014 World Congress for the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions in Durban, South Africa.

Andre Yeung

Andre Yeung is currently a Pharmacist Consultant at Andre Yeung Consulting and a Local Professional Network Representative.

He recently undertook a full time MBA at Durham University Business School and also works for Newcastle City Council as a Senior Specialist Advisor within the Public Health Department, providing strategic input into the planning, delivery, commissioning and management of key services.

Andre has previously worked as a Business Development Manager for Celesio, bidding for, winning, implementing and managing multi million pound contracts with the NHS. He has also worked as Area Manager for Co-Operative Pharmacy and as part of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

He has represented the interests of hundreds of pharmacies for a number of years across the North East.

John Young

Professor John Young was previously National Clinical Director for Integration and Frail & Elderly Care, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.

Jacqueline Young

Jacqueline Young qualified as a registered nurse in London in 1988 aged 21.

She enjoyed roles on a surgical ward and on a spinal ward before becoming a District Nurse

At the end of 1996 she took on the challenge of a new role as a community Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse which was a fairly new concept at the time. She thoroughly enjoyed this role and over the year developed the post into a small team of nurses caring for patients locally with Parkinson’s

She stayed in this role for 18 years before moving 2 years ago to her current role as a Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse in a secondary care setting in Cambridge.