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.
Lucy is 11 years old and lives in Salford, Greater Manchester where she cares for her Mum and her younger brother.
To relax, Lucy likes to play football with her friends and enjoys art and other creative pastimes.
Occasionally we invite guest bloggers to write posts for NHS England. Those posts are marked as authored by “Guest blogs”.
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.
Dr Chitra Acharya
Dr Chitra Acharya is a Patient Leader at NHS Nottingham City CCG and is a member of Nottinghamshire My Life Choices and graduate of NHS England’s Peer Leadership Academy. She is also a computer scientist with research interest in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and patient safety, as well as a trained dancer, volunteer, advocate and campaigner.
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 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 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 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.
Dr Linda Aiken
Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN is the Claire Fagin Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Aiken conducts research on the use of performance measures to demonstrate relationships between health care workforce and patient outcomes in over 30 countries.
She is the author of more than 300 scientific papers, and is the recipient of the Lienhard Award of the National Academy of Medicine and the Individual Codman Award from the Joint Commission.
Dr Aiken is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a fellow and past President of the American Academy of Nursing, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.
Susan Aitkenhead is Director of Nursing, Professional Development at NHS England and leads on a variety of work aligned to system and service transformation at national, regional and local levels.
Susan is a registered nurse with extensive clinical, operational and strategic experience in delivering healthcare across a variety of settings; and provider and commissioning Board roles based within both 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.
As part of her role Susan also works one day a week as a non-executive Director for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, as their Board Nurse. This is a partnership between Manchester City Council and NHS Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (previously NHS North, Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups). These organisations came together to ensure a more joined up and effective approach to commissioning health and social care services for the people of Manchester; and the Board Nurse role adds scrutiny with particular regard to guardianship of the patient experience across all care settings including safeguarding, quality and experience.
Caroline has significant nursing leadership experience at director level across a breadth of portfolios – healthcare provision, commissioning and system leadership.
She was director of nursing and therapies for Tower Hamlets PCT and then director of nursing and quality For NHS ELC, then NHS NEL clusters of primary care trusts. Caroline was regional chief nurse for NHS England in London for three years before taking up her current post as Chief Nurse for Barts Health.
She graduated as a nurse in 1987 from Edinburgh University (BSc/RGN) and has an MSc in Nursing Studies from South Bank University. Caroline was a 2008 Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and is a Visiting Professor at Bucks New University.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Dr Wasim Baqir
Dr Wasim Baqir is currently on secondment to NHS England to lead the care homes medicines optimisation scheme.
He was the lead pharmacist for the Northumberland PACS Vanguard where he led an integrated team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, working collaboratively with doctors, nurses, social care and other professionals to develop and test services for patients across Northumberland.
Before this, he was the R&D and quality improvement pharmacist, leading on several projects including the Shine project; optimising medicines in care homes.
He has a passion for quality improvement and sits on the Trust Quality Laboratory and recently was successful in joining the Health Foundation’s Generation Q Network. Nationally, he is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Innovators’ Forum and the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists’ National Professional Committee.
Follow Wasim on Twitter: @wasimbaqir.
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 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 is NHS England’s Chief Digital Officer. She oversees a portfolio of digital services including the NHS website, NHS ‘assured’ apps library, and the development of digital services to empower patients to better manage their health and care, including long-term conditions such as diabetes.
Juliet has led the delivery of similar technology programmes in many sectors, including leading the move to take Times Newspapers online.
Jo is a GP and the chief executive of GDoc Ltd, the countywide GP provider in Gloucestershire and of Gloucester GP Consortium Ltd, which provides urgent and primary care to deprived communities. She was until recently the National Medical Advisor on Urgent and Emergency Care to the Care Quality Commission.
Jo was previously the medical director of a community provider, Gloucestershire Care Services, and of a mental health provider. Before becoming a GP, Jo trained in emergency medicine and intensive care, with membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Jo was awarded an MA in medical law and ethics from the University of Manchester and has studied transformational change in healthcare at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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
Lisa was appointed as Chief Nurse 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.
Key achievements include delivering transformation of nursing education and training (Raising the Bar), the successful test site programme for the Nursing Associate role, development and piloting of pre-degree care experience for aspirant nurses and leading the ‘return to practice’ initiative.
In 2017, in addition to her Chief Nurse role, Lisa was appointed to the as Interim Regional Director for London and South East. As the Regional Director Lisa is responsible for approximately £1billion of investment in education, training and workforce development across London. Her role also includes providing support to five Sustainability and Transformation Plans within the capital.
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 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 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.
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.
Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist and author. She has written a book, Chase The Rainbow, an account of life with her husband Rob who struggled with depression and took his own life in 2015. Poorna has since campaigned around mental health – particularly men’s mental health – speaking on radio, TV and at events. She is also a judge for this year’s Mind media award.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Marc Berry qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006 from the University of Brighton.
He began his career at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and in 2010 became a band 7 in Critical Care. Marc then secured a NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Fellowship, where he researched non-invasive lung imaging for ventilated patients.
This led to further research work around physiotherapy in Critical Care. Marc returned to clinical practice in 2014 at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a physiotherapy clinical lead for Acute Care. The work outlined above was part of Marc’s QI Fellowship at the Wessex School of Quality Improvement.
Dr Mike Bewick is Deputy Medical Director at NHS England.
Liz Biggs is Programme Lead – Children, Young People and Maternity at Herts Valleys CCG, one of 90 CCGs, six STP footprints and four NHS England regions that make up 20 proposals that were selected for wave 1 of the Perinatal mental health community development fund. Liz leads the Children young people and maternity programme in Herts Valleys CCG. She has worked in Hertfordshire for over 15 years and her previous roles have been in the county council in both Children’s Services and Public Health.
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 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 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 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 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 is a volunteer with Black Health Agency Skyline.
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 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 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 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 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 was previously Director of Digital Technology, since the publication of these blogs she has left NHS England.
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, CBE FRCP, FRCPsych, MD, MPhil
Alistair Burns is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at The University of Manchester and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is the National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
He graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1980, training 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 variously 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 Manchester and helped establish the old age liaison psychiatry service at Wythenshawe Hospital. He is a Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association.
He was Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry for twenty years, (retiring in 2017) 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.
He was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2016, received the lifetime achievement award from their old age Faculty in 2015 and was awarded the CBE in 2016 for contributions to health and social care, in particular dementia.
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.
Mary Busk is one of two new Family Carer Advisers in the Improving Health and Quality Team, part of the Learning Disability Programme. They are both working on the new #AskListenDo project about concerns and complaints.
Mary is also involved with the children and young people part of the Transforming Care programme. Mary previously co-founded the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and was the Steering Group member for London.
Jennifer Bute is a former GP.
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 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.
Neil Calland is a Senior Programme Lead in the Operations and Information Directorate within NHS England.
He is leading the development of an STP-led investment programme focused on the digitisation of secondary care providers, and the business adoption and transformation workstream of the Digital Child Health programme.
Previously for NHS England, Neil has managed the Nursing Technology Fund and led the Local Digital Roadmaps agenda.
He has worked extensively across public services, including health, social care, youth justice, welfare to work, parenting support and education.
Shelley, is 50, lives in Brighton and has a 14 year old daughter, Faye. She has always been very active with a healthy lifestyle and a very positive outlook but suddenly, in 2014, she was diagnosed with stage IIb high grade serious ovarian cancer.
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.
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 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 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 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: www.patientvoicesouth.co.uk.
Follow Emily on Twitter: @NHSEmily.
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.
Dr Diana Cassell
Dr Diana Cassell is Clinical Director at the South London Partnership, CAMHS programme having worked as a child psychiatrist since 1987.
She became a consultant in 1987 in a community tier 3 team and currently her clinical sessions are in CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She has held additional management roles with South West London and St George’s since 2007, and is Clinical Director for CAMHS at the trust.
Throughout her career Diana has championed and raised the needs of young people, and has developed effective local services; recently including providing mental health input to the development of Child Sexual abuse services, and roles for the NHS England CAMHS Tier 4 Clinical Reference Group.
Professor Mark Caulfield
Professor Mark Caulfield is the Chief Scientist at Genomics England. After graduating in Medicine in 1984, he trained in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) where he developed a research programme in molecular genetics of hypertension and clinical research.
In 2000 Mark successfully bid for £3.1m to create the Barts and The London Genome Centre at the Queen Mary University of London and subsequently became Director of the William Harvey Research Institute.
Since 2008 he has directed the Barts National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit/Centre. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians, has been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences and became a Senior Investigator for the NIHR in 2013.
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 Chair of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC).
Elected in 2014, he has been integral to the development and roll out of more than 200 primary care home (PCH) sites across England.
Nav has been a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice in South West London for over 26 years. Previously he was Clinical Adviser for Workforce Redesign for the new care models programme, Director of Education Quality for Health Education South London and Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community-Based Education.
Simon Chapman joined NHS England as a Deputy-Director in the Personalised Care Group in April 2018. He has over 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector campaigning for people to have better choice and control over their care, particularly in relation to the end of life. He was most recently Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Council for Palliative Care, where he also led the Dying Matters coalition. He has also served as a trustee of the National Voices charity which advocates for person-centred care.
Dr Linda Charles-Ozuzu
Linda Charles-Ozuzu is NHS England’s Director of the Elective Care Transformation Programme.
She was previously Assistant Director/Associate Medical Director in NHS England Midlands and East
Her other senior healthcare management roles include extending the Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme to people with long term conditions, severe mental illness and medically unexplained symptoms.
Linda is a member of the Royal Society for Public Health; a recipient of the NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership and an alumnus of the Global Health Leadership Forum.
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 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.
Chris Child is Communications Manager for NHS England’s Primary Care Digital Transformation team.
He was a journalist and health correspondent with a major regional newspaper before working for over 10 years as a Communications Director for the Government in the North East.
He latterly led on communications for a national heart charity.
Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE
Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE MBBS MS MML (Med Law) FRCS (Eng) FRCS(Ed) FRCS (Urol) FEBU, is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, the Honorary Visiting Professor at City University of London, School of Health Sciences, Chairman of Cancer Black Care, Trustee of TACKLE (National Federation of Prostate Cancer Support Groups) and an advisor to Prostate Cancer UK. Frank was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2013, for services to the NHS. The opinions in this blog are Frank’s own.
Teresa Chinn MBE
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 nearly 75,000 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.
In 2005 Teresa received an MBE for services to nursing .
Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan
Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan is the Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health for NHS England.
Prathiba is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry working in a large mental health and community trust (Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust). Lead consultant since 2005, she became Clinical Director in 2015 and continues to work clinically within a community child and adolescent mental health service in South Manchester. She graduated from Medicine (University of Manchester) before completing her MD, inspiring her interest in the needs of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system.
Over the last 12 years she has published in journals and books and contributed to national reports and guidance for the Youth Justice Board and Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
She has contributed to the development of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool across the youth justice secure estate for the Department of Health and NHS England and continues to be research active as an Honorary Research Fellow and Lecturer for the Offender Health Research Network (University of Manchester).
As a clinical advisor (Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks), she has also promoted the development of regional clinical guidance across Greater Manchester.
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.
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 Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England.
His brief includes insight and feedback, patient participation in decision-making, improvement programmes on cancer, learning disability and support for carers and national partnerships with volunteers and the voluntary sector.
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. He 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 Change Agents and a member of Q, the quality improvement collaborative from the Health Foundation. He tweets as @neilgchurchill.
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 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.
Professor David M Clark
Professor David M Clark holds the Chair of Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford and is the National Clinical and Informatics Advisor for the IAPT programme. Along with Lord Richard Layard and other colleagues, he is one of the original architects of the programme. He is well-known for his research on the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Recognition of his work includes Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Alison Cook is the Director of Policy at the British Lung Foundation.
She previously worked as a broadcast journalist and programme editor for the BBC in news and current affairs for over 12 years, before starting a second career in strategic communications.
Alison worked for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) as Head of Press and managed public consultations and press coverage around saviour siblings, sex selection and human cloning before moving on to work in government as a policy communications advisor to Ministers, in both the Department of Health and Number 10.
Following that Alison became Director of External Affairs at the Royal College of Surgeons, setting up their communications and policy teams and steering the College through the Health and Social Care Act.
Her first role for a charity was as Director of External Affairs for Alzheimer’s Society.
Alison is a scientist by background. She completed a PhD in signals processing in the nervous system, looking at pain modulation and then a post doc in colour vision at University College London.
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 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.
Duncan Craig, Chief Executive Officer and Psychotherapist. FRSA. MBACP ACRED; MA Couns (dist); Cert EMDR.
Duncan is the founder and Chief Executive of Survivors Manchester, a third sector organisation offering therapeutic and advocacy support to boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation.
He began designing and developing Survivors Manchester’s services in 2009, when he identified a gap in support provision for boys and men, and continues to develop new services today, most recently across the male prison estate.
As a qualified and BACP Accredited trauma-informed psychotherapist, Duncan’s personal and professional experience of sexual violation has presented him with the opportunity to be involved in a number of national inquiries, projects and forums, including The Stern Review; the National Rape Working Group; and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner on the Child Sexual Exploitation in Groups and Gangs.
Duncan has also consulted on a number of projects, including work with male sex workers; and provided input into various media outlets including BBC Crimewatch, Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, C4 Hollyoaks (where he was storyline consultant on the John Paul rape story) and more recently, the ground breaking male rape story on Coronation Street.
He is the co-founder of the Male Survivors Partnership, a consortium of male survivor organisations working together to create quality assured support; and most recently has travelled to New York, Iceland, Portugal and New Zealand to talk about the work he does and supporting others to break the silence.
In 2015, Duncan was awarded The Guardian Charity Trailblazer of the Year and most recently, became a Fellow of the Royal Society Arts.
Simon Cramp lives in Chesterfield where he promotes the rights of disabled people at every opportunity.
He has a learning difficulty himself, and works with people with learning disabilities, helping them get the right support and information. He offers expert advice on all issues to do with learning disability and has extensive experience working as a consultant throughout the learning disability sector and was an early member of the National Forum for People with Learning Disabilities.
Simon has a great interest in politics and political structures and has always been keen to get involved to make things better. He is also a powerful advocate on making writings accessible and he worked for several years as a member of the advisory committee on older and disabled people for Ofcom. He has also worked at a senior board level for two major learning disability organisations.
Simon has been an important advocate for personalisation and co-authored a key paper on supported decision-making with Simon Duffy in 2004.
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 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 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 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 Ron Daniels
Dr Ron Daniels BEM is the Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust where he provides clinical advice to NHS England, the Department of Health and to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. He is also Chief Executive of the Global Sepsis Alliance, and was instrumental in bringing the Chairman’s concept of the World Sepsis Declaration to fruition.
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 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 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.
Kieran Day enjoys playing video games (twitchy and YouTube), seeing friends , cinema, and spending time with other young carers.
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 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, 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.
The former head of the General Medical Council, Niall Dickson, was appointed Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation in February 2017.
During his time at the GMC from 2010 to 2016, Niall delivered a raft of reforms. These included an expansion of its responsibilities for medical education and training; the introduction of revalidation in 2012; the introduction of language checks for doctors from Europe in 2014, and the establishment of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to provide a clear separation between the GMC’s investigation of complaints and the adjudication of hearings.
He worked as Chief Executive of the King’s Fund from 2004 to 2009 before being appointed as Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council in January 2010. Niall also led the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) until 2016.
He was the editor of the Nursing Times from 1983 to 1988 before joining the BBC as health correspondent and progressing to the position of social affairs editor for BBC News from 1995 to 2003, broadcasting mainly on the BBC1 Ten O’clock News and Radio 4’s Today programme. Niall was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2017.
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.
Sarah has been the Director of Nursing at Weston Area Health NHS Trust since February 2018.
Prior to this role, she was the Deputy Director of Nursing at North Bristol Trust. She has worked in a variety of senior nursing roles at both University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
Her clinical experience has been in Respiratory Medicine and Emergency Care.
Linda Dominguez has been a counsellor at One in Four since 2005 and also became director of One in Four on a voluntary basis in 2009.
Her counselling experience includes working with ex offenders, mental health issues, children, bereavement and substance abuse. Her passion is working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sharing their journey to become the person who can be all they can be.
She is a qualified supervisor in counselling. In her day role she is Head of Safeguarding, for St John Ambulance.
Karen Dorey-Rees is the Assistant Director for Specialist Services in Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. Karen qualified as a mental health nurse in 1989 and since then has worked in a variety of clinical and operational management roles in the South East of England.
Throughout her career Karen has been involved in developing services and has lead on key projects within adult mental health community and inpatient services to support the transformation of services to ensure improvements in the quality of care.
Over the past 2 years Karen has taken a lead role in the development of Perinatal Mental Health Services. This has included major expansion of the Community Perinatal Mental Health Services in Kent and the successful development of a perinatal mental health Mother and Baby Unit to serve women from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Karen champions the involvement of service users and carers and co-production has been at the heart of these service developments and continues with subsequent service delivery.
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 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 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 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
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent 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 Women’s 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 also visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University.
Her experience has seen her leading and influencing national maternity standards and guidance. She also influences healthcare, nationally and internationally through research, education and publications and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences. She is a member of the British Journal of Midwifery editorial board and until recently was an active member of the Maternity and Newborn Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine.
She 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 received 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.
Dr Mike Durkin was previously Director of Patient Safety, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.
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 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 Rob Dyer is the Medical Director for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and also the Lead Medical Director for the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.
A Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Dr Dyer trained in Birmingham and Newcastle and has been a consultant since 1994, first in Northumberland and Newcastle, and from 1998 at Torbay Hospital. His clinical specialisms are in diabetes, endocrinology and thyroid problems.
Dr Dyer also holds the position of Associate Medical Director for Long Term Conditions and Transformation and has a long-standing interest in integrated care models, patient self-management and prevention in long term conditions. He has experience of management of acute medical admissions and sub-specialty endocrine and thyroid cancer management.
As Medical Director he plays a key role at Board level, and as part of the Executive Team, in influencing and shaping the Trust’s strategic direction and in driving improvement in quality and safety.
In his Lead Medical Director role for the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership he chairs the Clinical Cabinet, which brings together medical directors and clinicians from across the health system.
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.
Emma Easton is NHS England’s Head of Voluntary Partnerships. She leads on developing more inclusive partnerships with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, including through a close working relationship with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to support the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme.
Emma’s team also develop and lead the approach to increasing high impact volunteering opportunities in health and care.
Prior to joining NHS England in 2014, Emma worked for Regional Voices, a network of regional VCSE organisations, supporting the VCSE sector to be more involved in health and care policy development, for example in supporting the sector’s response to the Marmot review, the transition from LINks to Local Healthwatch, and involvement in the Health and Social Care Act, 2012.
Dr Simon Eccles
Dr Simon Eccles is the Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care. The role spans the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the arms-length bodies. He is accountable for delivery of the Personal Health and Care 2020 programme, and the whole of the central NHS IT expenditure.
Simon still practices one day a week as a consultant in Emergency Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Former roles have included: Programme Director for Emergency Care Pathways transformation at Guys and St Thomas’, including overseeing the building of a new Emergency Floor on the St Thomas’ site; joint Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care for NHSE London; joint SRO for Urgent and Emergency Care in South East London and a reviewer with CQC, the MPA and NHS England. He has been SRO for Interoperability within the P2020 programme and for NHSmail, providing secure communication across the NHS.
Simon was a first wave graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy at the Said Business School, Oxford sponsored by the Cabinet Office. He was previously the Medical Director for NHS Connecting for Health, where he had responsibility for clinical engagement in health informatics as a driver for clinical quality and productivity improvement. He was the clinical lead for the NHS Information Strategy in 2011.
Simon Eccles qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1994. He has previously chaired the BMA Junior Doctors Committee; leading in addressing the challenges of changing doctors’ post-graduate training and the European Working Time Directive. He has held a number of strategy and policy advisory roles within the Department of Health, including clinical lead for the Hospital at Night programme.
Simon Eccles is co-author of the Oxford Handbook of the Foundation Programme and joint editor of the best selling careers guide ‘So you want to be a brain surgeon’.
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 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 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.
Clare Enston is NHS England’s Head of Insight and Feedback. Working alongside NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission and the Department of Health and Social Care, she leads on ensuring the views and experiences of patients and staff England are captured in order to drive improvements in patient experience and outcomes.
Clare’s team also explore new areas of insight not supported by the current national survey programme, along with developing thinking on insight and feedback approaches in the healthcare system.
Prior to joining NHS England in 2013, Clare worked in both the customer service and civil service sectors before moving into the work of NHS service improvement – latterly at Yorkshire & Humber Strategic Health Authority, where she had a regional role in health informatics.
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, 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.
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.
Kathryn Evans, Head of Planning Delivery and programme lead for the Hospital to Home (H2H) programme.
Kathryn is a nurse with over 25 years’ experience of working in the NHS, both in Essex, Yorkshire and Humber and nationally. She has worked in a variety of roles. These have included being a District Nurse and then moving into professional leadership and service development.
Kathryn is an experienced operational manager. During her career she has managed a variety of community services from District Nursing and Community Matrons, GP practice, intermediate care wards and a Hospice.
She has worked at a regional level in service improvement and also in an assurance and delivery.
Nationally Kathryn has worked in the Nursing Directorate for NHS England, under the leadership of Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England as Community Nurse Lead.
She is now Head of Planning Delivery in the Hospital to Home team fostering collaborative relationships with key partners.
Kathryn is passionate about community nursing, and community services.
Paula Evans works for Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust which provides hospital services for 420,000 people across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark, Sherwood and parts of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Paula has been a sepsis nurse since 2012 providing direct clinical support to teams caring for people with complex infections and sepsis. She also works with both primary and secondary care teams to improve sepsis care at a strategic level.
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 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.
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.
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 Jason Fee
Dr Jason Fee is the Clinical Director for South West Regional Secure Services New Care Models programme. He is leading the re-design of clinical care pathways and service provision across the South West, in order to ensure that individuals in receipt of secure care are treated as close to home as possible, for the shortest possible period, within the least restrictive level of security.
Jason is an experienced Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director within good/outstanding rated secure services, and has worked within healthcare settings both internationally and within the NHS over the course of his career.
Greg Fell is a Director of Public Health in Sheffield. He graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in biochemistry and physiology in 1993. He has worked as a social researcher in a maternity unit; a number of roles in health promotion and public health before joining the public health training scheme. Greg worked as a consultant in public health in Bradford in the PCT then Bradford council. Since Feb 2016 he has worked for Sheffield as director of public health.
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’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 is the Lived Experience Lead for the Personalised Care Group at NHS England.
Her role recognises the importance of co-producing and co-designing personalised care and raising the voice of people with lived experience at a national, regional and local level.
Jo’s life was profoundly transformed when her eldest son, Mitchell, was born in 1992 with a severe learning 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 became one of the first people in England to have a personal health budget which enabled him to live at home and lead a full life until his death in March, 2015.
Jo is a qualified counsellor and was awarded an MA with distinction from the University of Manchester in 2008.
Bev is the Head of Improvement at the Point of Care Foundation. Bev has been with the Foundation since 2015, having been part of the Point of Care team at the King’s Fund, as a fellow in health policy since 2009. Bev is responsible for developing and leading programmes to support staff in the NHS and other care settings to enhance patients’ experiences of care.
Prior to working with the Point of Care team, Bev worked in the Healthcare Commission, Commission for Health Improvement, and Audit Commission, delivering thematic reviews of services including maternity care and care for people with long term conditions.
The Point of Care Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the quality of care by putting patients and staff at the heart of care. Our work includes the Sweeney programme, which brings together our quality improvement work; and the Schwartz programme, which delivers training in Schwartz Rounds, a unique forum to help healthcare workers address the psychological and emotional challenges of their everyday work.
Jackie Fleeman was one of the first learning disability strategic health facilitators in England.
She works in Derbyshire and leads a small team who support GP practices with annual health checks and manages the learning disability acute liaison nurse at Derby Acute Hospital. The team employs three people with a learning disability to support their work with primary care.
Jackie is a LeDer reviewer and has recently completed a project to increase the uptake of screening.
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.
Anne Forbes is the Programme Director for New Care Models for Devon Partnership NHS Trust and is responsible for directing the transformation programme on behalf of South West Regional Secure Services
Anne has a background in finance, governance and business intelligence and has held various roles as part of executive and senior teams over the past 20 years, within the NHS and commercial sector.
Marion Foreman is a carer for her husband who has stage four multiple metastatic melanoma, as well as an exercise specialist.
She’s had a nursing career of almost 50 years and is also a member of the East of England Cancer Alliance Patient Advisory Board.
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 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.
James Freed is Chief Information Officer for Health Education England and is passionate about digital literacy and the professionalism of health informaticians across the health and care system.
He trained as a molecular biologist for several years before making the move to process redesign and IT. James worked in hospitals in South West London for the Cancer Services Collaborative. He cut his teeth on national IT implementation following a move to NHS Connecting for Health where he worked in pathology, order communications, and prevention, screening and surveillance.
James moved to the Health Protection Agency where he managed an operational Information Management department. He then became Head of Information Strategy at Public Health England.
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 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.
Rodie Garland is Policy Adviser at FaithAction, a national network of faith-based organisations involved in social action. She manages FaithAction’s programme of work as part of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance.
Hilary Garratt CBE, 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.
From 2013 – 2017 Hilary also volunteered for BBC Children in Need and was a committee member that undertook grant making for the North of England. 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.
Hilary worked in the Calais refugee jungle in 2016 and witnessed the reality of individuals, living through unimaginable trauma. She saw children being lured into the hands of criminals for want of a better life and seeing this first hand brought home the sheer importance of the NHS and other organisations across the health and care system working together to protect the most vulnerable people in society.
Hilary received a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to nursing, particularly her work to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in society
Follow Hilary on Twitter: @HilaryGarratt.
Cristina Gavrilovic was appointed as the Anti-Slavery Partnership Coordinator for Essex Police and Kent Police Serious Crime Directorate in 2016. Since her appointment a record number of 500 victims have been identified through her work that saw a number of sectors joined and supported in actively participating in the fight against Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking.
She has the opportunity to address the gaps in our social justice system, ensuring organisations put Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the top of their agenda and that victims are at the heart of decision making. This area of her work was recognised by the British Association of Women in Policing where she was awarded Best Police Staff of the Year.
Cristina’s formative years were in Romania, where she experienced a growing awareness of the injustice of a broken system failing individuals living below the poverty line, experiencing domestic violence, and where children went missing. This is an area where Cristina is a strong Ambassador for having recently won the prestigious award of Women of the Future in the Community Spirit category.
Cristina has been seeking the right education, opportunities and paths that allowed her to develop the infrastructures required to address these issues. She has implemented an inclusive model upon which strong partnerships are build and maintained and this model has won her national recognition from the Marsh Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Fight against Slavery.
Cristina has recently been invited to become a Fellow Associate of the Royal Commonwealth Society where she hopes that her work will influence and support many communities across the Commonwealth countries and engage with younger generations to build a stronger resilience against abuse and exploitation.
Kye Gbangbola is Chair of the Sickle Cell Society, a national health care charity for the world’s most common blood disorder.
He wrote the Foreword to the Sickle Cell Care Standards recently launched in Parliament and gave a Parliamentary address, as a call to action for medical professionals and patients, to use the Standard as essential intelligence for better health care.
Kye is an NHS PPV member for the NHS Programme of Care Board for Blood and Infections and the NHS Public and Patient Voice Assurance Group. He was formerly a member of the NHS England Clinical Referencing Group for Haemoglobinopathies. He is an NHS England Care Quality Peer Reviewer and an NHS England Information Standard Auditor.
Kye is also an All Party Parliamentary Group Member for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia at which he gave a talk on Hydroxyurea, and a more recent talk on access, equality and change. He has been involved in a PPV capacity in clinical trials, scientific advice, and medicines development including NICE, the European Medical Agency, 100,000 Genome project etc.
He has experience of providing a patients perspective from the 70’s when he would speak to clinicians about suffering from SCD, and more recently collaborated with Ambulance Services for the development and training of key staff, and very importantly improving the service the LAS provides.
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
Dr Ian Geddes
Dr Ian Geddes moved from Scotland to Sixpenny Handley in Dorset in 1975 to take over a single handed practice. The practice was a dispensing practice, operating at the time from the house, covering 100 square miles. Although very rural in nature, he had a wide range of patients, ranging from the landed gentry to a patient who lived in a double decker bus. He retired from practice in 1993.
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.
Dave Gerrard works as an advanced pharmacist practitioner for Northumberland Tyne Wear NHS Foundation Trust and is joint pharmacist lead for the STOMP programme at NHS England.
Dave runs STOMP clinics in both Newcastle and Sunderland community learning disability teams where he works in partnership with people having a learning disability, autism or both, their carers and family members together with specialist behavioural nurses to challenge the over-medication of psychotropic medications.
Dave joined the trust as a mental health pharmacist 10 years ago and has specialised in learning disability services for the last seven years.
Bryony has worked as a mental health nurse and manager in the NHS since 1984 and worked with an interest in perinatal mental health since 1992. An RMN by background she has worked as a ward sister with responsibility for a small (now closed) MBU, a CPN in the community and for the past 6 years as perinatal service (and development) manager developing services for Berkshire.
For the past four years alongside developing services in Berkshire she has a perinatal lead role in Thames Valley and for the past 2 ½ years has also chaired the Thames Valley Regional Perinatal Mental Health Network. Bryony retired from her service manager role at the end of March 2018 but will be continuing working part-time delivering SHaRON into new services and continuing as a Perinatal Lead in the Thames Valley.
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.
David Gill is one of three learning disability and autism advisers and two learning disability and autism network managers working on the learning disability programme. He has been with NHS England for two years.
David previously volunteered at Speakup Self Advocacy where he is still a trustee and worked as a peer support worker for Rotherham learning disability services.
Rebecca Gill joined the IAPT Programme at NHS England in September 2016. Prior to this she worked in IAPT services as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and then as a Senior Practitioner managing the Step 2 service.
In this role Rebecca focussed on equality of access and using data to drive quality improvement.
Ted is married and lives with his adult son lives in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Ted moved to Shropshire from the West Midlands around 12 years ago.
Ted’s career has been in social work, mainly in mental health and learning disability services in the community and in hospital, though at times also working with young children and their families. Ted moved into the regulation of health and social care where he managed the regulation and inspection of social care services for adults and young children in the local authority and later with Ofsted where he managed one of the regional complaint investigation and enforcement teams. Since then, Ted has worked as an expert by experience with CBF (Challenging Behaviour Foundation) supporting CQC inspections and also with NHS England’s Improving Lives team. Occasional private work includes workplace and family mediation and independent reviews of local authority complaints.
Ted has “a busy home life as you would expect supporting our son who is autistic and has learning disabilities”. He enjoys photography, most things to do with computing and a wide variety of good music of most genres. His family love walking and keeping active and most importantly for them, taking every opportunity to get away on weekends or holiday.
Ask Listen Do is a project to develop a series of resources that will support children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism or both and their families and carers to feel confident in giving feedback, raising a concern or a complaint about care, education or support so that they feel that their feedback, concerns and complaints are proactively received, listened to and acted on in a timely manner.
Dr Andrea Gordon
Dr Andrea Gordon is the Programme Director for the West Midlands Cancer Alliance.
She has held the post since September 2018 following roles working with NHS trusts in the Black Country and at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this she worked in regulation for over fifteen years, more latterly as Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the Care Quality Commission.
The West Midlands Cancer Alliance has an ambitious transformation programme that spans from early diagnosis to living with and beyond cancer. In order to make a difference; improve services, responsiveness and outcomes, the team has to work with a range of stakeholders to include patients, charities, regulators and NHS trusts and colleagues in primary care.
David Graham is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College Hospital, London.
He has a specialist interest in Barrett’s oesophagus, oesophago-gastric cancer, endoscopic imaging technologies and interventional endoscopy.
David is part of the expert committee devising the BSG guidelines for the management of the pre-malignant and early malignant lesions of the stomach and is part of an international research collaboration looking at ways to improve the early detection of gastric cancer.
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 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).
Sir Muir Gray
Sir Muir Gray is a Consultant in Public Health in Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust and a professor in the University of Oxford’s department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
He is also a Consultant in Public Health for www.ukactive.com.
He is the author of Sod70! And with Diana Moran the joint Author of Sod Sitting, Get Moving.
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 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!.
Dr John Hague
Based at The Derby Road Practice in Ipswich, Dr Hague’s main interest is in mental health in primary care, and the provision of high quality mental health care. Dr Hague was GP Clinical Lead for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme at NHS East of England between 2008 and 2011 – a role in which he delivered an IAPT service to between 11 and 13 Primary Care Trusts. He is a General Practitioner appraiser for NHS England. Having gained more than 30 years’ experience as a GP at the Derby Road Practice in Ipswich, he now works there as a salaried GP.
Dr Hague is a member of the Clinical Executive at Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, and has been appointed Clinical Mental Health Lead for North East Essex and Suffolk STP. He has written a number of professional publications including The Neglected Majority (The Centre for Mental Health), November 2005 (co-author).
Chris has been Chief Executive of The King’s Fund since April 2010.
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.
Tricia Handley trained as a learning disability nurse 30 years ago. She has worked in a number of roles: community nurse, multiple disability trainer, research nurse, project lead supporting people to move from long stay hospitals, clinical nurse management.
She also enjoyed studying quite a bit during this period, gaining first class honours in Interprofessional Practice at City University and post graduate cert. in Health and Social Care Management.
Tricia is passionate about equality and specifically collaboration, both within and outside the NHS as a means of achieving it. She is currently Lead Nurse for People with a Learning Disability in Barts Health NHS Trust and enjoying the challenge of an acute hospital environment.
Paddy Hanrahan is the Managing Director of HelpForce and has experience of start-ups in the health-social space after helping to set up the Centre for Ageing Better over 2015-16. Prior to that Paddy was a managing director at Accenture where he worked for 13 years, mostly with NHS clients.
HelpForce is a Community Interest Company, founded in 2016 by Sir Thomas Hughes Hallett, Chair of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. It was set up to support the development of 21st century volunteering at national scale in collaboration with the NHS, charities and the patients and communities it serves.
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 www.POBAS.co.uk
Chris currently works for the NHS England Medical Directorate on frailty with the aim of supporting the NHS to understand frailty and consider how future patient centre services can be delivered.
Dr Linda Harris
Dr Linda Harris FRCGP is Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer of Spectrum Community Health CIC, a not for profit organisation delivering community and health and justice services on behalf of the NHS, local authority public health and other partners in sites across the north of England.
Passionate about integrated care for vulnerable groups and tackling the root causes of health inequality, Dr Harris is the Chair of the NHS England Health and Justice Clinical Reference Group, which plays host to a range of task and finish groups and quality improvement initiatives.
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.
Ruth Harrison is a learning disability nurse and busy mum of three with a long history of working with people with complex care needs from day services, private and forensic sector and within NHS primary and acute care trusts.
She now provides direct support in clinical situations but also works at a strategic level to develop improvement plans and monitor progress. Ruth is passionate about equality and the positives of ability rather than the negatives of disability.
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.
Dr Mari Harty
Dr Mari Harty, Clinical Director of the SLP Forensic Programme, is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director – Forensic, Specialist and National services at South West London and St George’s.
She leads a team of psychiatrists and is responsible for end-to-end service delivery.
Mari has published on a range of forensic issues including the needs of patients in the High Secure Psychiatric Hospitals, community forensic services, prison mental health inreach and service provision for women.
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 is Secretary and Trustee of Knitted Knockers UK and is a retired Head of English, a mum of two and granna of four.
Zara Head is the Lead Nurse for Primary Care Quality at NHS Doncaster CCG and has been in post for two years.
She trained as a nurse at Scunthorpe General Hospital, starting her career in Orthopaedics and Accident and Emergency, working in various hospitals in the north of England.
She has spent most of her career in primary care, first as a practice nurse for a busy GP and prior to her current role, she was a Lead Inspector for the Care Quality Commission for primary and integrated care.
Dr Charles Heatley
Dr Charles Heatley is a senior partner at Birley Health Centre in Sheffield and Clinical Director for Planned Care at Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group. He has special interests in mental health and cardiology.
Alison Hemsworth has led on many national projects relating to community pharmacy, the most notable being the introduction of the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Flu Vaccination Service.
Her previous roles have included: performance management of community pharmacy and optometry contracts in several PCTs; Service Development Officer for Leeds LPC; Prescribing Support Technician in Bradford; Education and training of pharmacy support staff for the University of Leeds/Bradford College; and Hospital pharmacy in various departments across the country.
In addition to her technician qualifications, Alison has an MSc in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care, and a Foundation Degree in Pharmacy Services and Medicines Management. In 2016 Alison was a finalist in the Women in the City Future Leaders Award.
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 is a Network Delivery Facilitator in the Northern England Clinical Networks, and is part of the Mental Health and Dementia Network team.
She is currently working on projects addressing the wellbeing of vulnerable groups, and represents the Network team on the North East and North Cumbria ICS Zero Suicide Ambition Steering Group. She also keeps a hand in with the Maternity Network team, with whom she has worked closely on a number of pieces of work.
Jenny lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her husband and two young sons, and has worked in the NHS since 2009.
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 FRSB Hon FRCP Hon FRCPath is the Chief Scientific Officer for England – providing expert clinical scientific advice across the health system and head of profession for the healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 50 separate scientific specialisms.
Sue is the Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics in NHS England, leading developments in this area, having previously established the NHS Genomic Medicine Centres and led the NHS contribution to the 100,000 Genomes Project. She is a respiratory scientist by background with an international academic and clinical research reputation.
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 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 was previously Director of Policy, Partnerships and Innovation, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.
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 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 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.
Carolyn Houghton is a Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and Service Manager at Rethink Mental Illness. Her current role is based within the seven North East prisons. In this role she oversees clinical supervision and line management of all staff, along with training, recruitment and service development.
Carolyn has been involved in IAPT since 2009, and has worked for both NHS and private sector providers. Prior to working in IAPT, she gained experience working on acute mental health wards and supported living settings. Her passion for the role continues to be about making step two input as accessible and effective as possible whilst gaining recognition for the PWP role as a career in its own right.
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 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 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 shared her story with NHS England on what it’s like to live with Type 1 diabetes.
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 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.
Philippa Hughes is regional housing lead for the north region and sub regional housing lead for Yorkshire and Humber working on the Transforming Care Learning Disabilities programme.
As well as this, Philippa is a volunteer for a local community association and hospice and North East regional ambassador for the Housing Learning and Improvement so brings a real passion to her new role.
Anne Hunt has been Lead Sepsis Nurse at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust for 18 months, working on meeting the NHS England Sepsis CQUIN to reduce the impact of serious infections. The easy read leaflet was developed in partnership with Herts County Council Health Liaison Team including The Purple All Stars.
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 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 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 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.
Matt Inada-Kim is an Acute Medicine Consultant at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.
He is also Clinical Lead for Sepsis/Deterioration for Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative and National Clinical Advisor on Sepsis and Deterioration.
Celia Ingham Clark
Celia Ingham Clark is the Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness at NHS England.
She trained in Cambridge and London and was appointed as a consultant general surgeon at the Whittington Hospital in 1996.
After early work in medical education she developed an interest in quality improvement and this took her through several medical management roles to become Medical Director of the trust from 2004-2012.
More recently she worked as national clinical director for acute surgery and enhanced recovery, and as London regional lead for revalidation and quality.
For two years from 2014 she was the NHS England Director for reducing premature mortality, and in 2016 became the Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness.
She was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to the NHS.
Celia is also the interim National Director of Patient Safety at NHS Improvement.
Elizabeth Iro started in her role as Chief Nursing Officer of WHO in January 2018.
She is from the Cook Islands, Mrs Iro has served as the country’s Secretary of Health since 2012. She was the first nurse/midwife and woman to be appointed in this position.
In this role, she has implemented legislative reforms to strengthen the country’s health system and developed the National Health Strategic plans (2012-2016, 2017-2021)and a National Health Road Map 2017-2036, among other National policy and strategic documents.
Prior to this role, she served as the country’s Chief Nursing Officer from 2011 to 2012. In addition, for the first 25 years of her career, she was a practicing nurse and midwife, serving in several roles in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.
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 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 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 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 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.
Ray James CBE
Ray brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a career in local government to his role leading NHS England’s work to transform care for people with a learning disability and their families/carers.
He has served as Executive Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care at Enfield Council for over a decade and is a Past President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). Ray was awarded a CBE for services to Adult Social Care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.
His Local Government career began in 1984 as a Scale 1 Clerical Officer and after working in three other London boroughs he joined Enfield in 1991 where he was appointed as Director in 2006 . Enfield is a multi-award winning North London Council, it’s growing reputation for adult social care reflected in national recognition in respect of safeguarding, independent living, community involvement and transition amongst other issues. Ray has always championed the insight and expertise of people with lived experience and their families. He has consistently sought greater recognition for the front line care and support workforce.
He has held a number of roles within ADASS including Chair of the London Region, National Lead for the Regions and President. His background in Commissioning has led to extensive work on national policy issues in this area.
Ray was born and raised in the East End of London, his family and Irish Ancestry are very important to him. Ray’s studies have included dual professional qualifications and a Masters in Leadership.
Nicola Jay is a consultant paediatrician leading a clinical network in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
After qualifying as a doctor in London (Royal Free Hospital MBBS, St Mary’s Hospital/Imperial BSc physiology) she trained in paediatrics across three regions (Nottingham, Sheffield and Birmingham) with post graduate qualifications in Health Care Leadership (MSc) as well as Ethics & Law (PgDip).
Nicola has worked at Sheffield Children’s Hospital as a consultant in paediatric allergy for a decade with research interests being prevention of food allergy as part of the BEEP study, looking at minority population to improve health, moving allergy services into the community to improve access and de-labelling of antibiotic allergy.
She sits on the paediatricians in medical management committee at the RCPCH which advices on national health policies and standards for young people and is a council member for the clinical senate of Yorkshire & Humber which gives impartial advice to clinicians.
Her main additional role is as the clinical lead for the acutely unwell child managed clinical network (MCN) of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Chesterfield/Mid Yorks NHS Trust). The MCN is a workstream of the Integrated Care System (ICS) aiming to improve equity of access, quality of care and subsequent reduction in inequalities of health for the children in our region by working closely together.
Central to her vision is an NHS that unites across currently recognised boundaries to provide seamless care for all children that need health care.
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 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, 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 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 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.
Annwen Jones has been Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer since its formation in 2008. She is the Vice-Chair of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition and co-founder of World Ovarian Cancer Day.
Annwen was appointed by NHS England to the National Cancer Drugs Panel in 2014 and currently sits on several clinical trial steering committees, including the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS).
Dr Indra Joshi
Dr Indra Joshi is clinical lead for NHS England’s digital experience programme.
She has an overarching knowledge of the national patient-facing digital initiatives within the NHS with a focus on real world evidence, data and digital health tools standards. Indra has a unique portfolio with experience stretching across policy, governance, digital health and marketing, national project strategy and implementation; whilst remaining true to her professional training in emergency medicine.
She is the Clinical Director of One HealthTech, a network which champions and supports underrepresented groups in health innovation, particularly women, to be the future leaders in healthcare.
Indra, a mother-of-two, is also a Vice Chair for the British Computer Society (Health), an international speaker and consultant on digital health, an expedition medic.
Dr Nikki Kanani
Dr Nikki Kanani is a GP in south-east London and is currently Acting Director of Primary Care for NHSE England. Prior to joining NHS England as Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care, she was Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Nikki has held a range of positions within healthcare to support the development of innovative models of care, highly engaged clinical, patient and public leadership and is passionate about supporting primary care, improving service provision and population wellbeing.
She is a member of The King’s Fund General Advisory Council and holds an MSc in health care commissioning. With her sister she co-founded STEMMsisters, a social enterprise supporting young people to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She has two young children.
Dr Partha Kar
Dr Partha Kar has been a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008. He has been the Clinical Director of Diabetes from 2009-2015, being part of a multiple national award-winning department (HSJ Awards/BMJ Awards) 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 Diabetes Model which aims to deliver diabetes care differently. 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 HSJ in 2014. Recent innovations have involved the Hypoglycaemia Hotline, which was recognised in the Guardian Healthcare Awards 2013.
He is also the co-creator of TAD talks (Talking About Diabetes) and the Type 1 Diabetes comic (“Origins”) – while also involved in setting up a Type 1 Diabetes information portal (T1resources.uk)
He is also Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes with NHS England leading on digital innovation.
Follow Partha on Twitter: @parthaskar
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.
Nicola Kay is NHS England’s Deputy Director for Personalised Care Policy and Strategy.
In her role, she develops and leads the approach to scaling up and mainstreaming personalised care, including embedding the relevant IT infrastructure, developing necessary skills across the NHS, identifying new legislative rights and strategic stakeholder engagement.
Nicola leads a team which work closely with local areas to embed new opportunities for personalised care in areas such as substance misuse and neuro-disability. Her team also includes a range of people who bring their own lived experience to the team’s work.
Prior to joining NHS England in 2016, Nicola worked for 10 years as a civil servant in a range of central government policy, strategy and finance roles. She led on health and social care spending at HM Treasury, including the commissioning reforms in the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, the Dilnot Commission and the 2010 Spending Review.
Dr Matt Kearney
Matt Kearney is NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and a GP in Runcorn. He has been working for both NHS England and Public Health England since 2013, supporting programmes to improve primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
In particular, he has focused on building primary care leadership to champion earlier detection and improved management of conditions such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes and raised cholesterol, and in exploring ways in which the third sector, local authorities and other partners can help the NHS to get serious about prevention.
Previously Matt worked as clinical and public health advisor to the Department of Health respiratory programme, and was a member of the NICE Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2013
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.
Brian Kelly is a 73 year old, retired fireman.
Following 30 years services in the fire service, he spent 10 years working at the Bank of England printing works, where he was in charge of their Fire Section.
Brian’s final employment was as a support worker in the Home Treatment Team for a community mental health team.
He retired last year to care for his wife who has just reached the age of 78 and who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s four years ago. Brian has been a full-time carer for his wife for the last two years.
When his caring role allows, Brian’s interests are D.I.Y, some golf, getting involved in the garden, walking, and generally keeping busy. Brian also enjoys reading and watching TV, when time permits.
Tim Kelsey was previously National Director for Patients and Information, since the publication of these blogs he has left NHS England.
Scott graduated with honours in Philosophy and then gained post-graduate qualifications in Fashion Marketing.
He has worked as the Social Media Manager for three years and prior to this, worked at the NHS Leadership Academy within their digital team. Whilst the last three years have been in healthcare, the majority of his professional life has been within commerce.
His background strengths are within healthcare, fashion and apparel industry and the motor vehicle industry, where he has several years of experience, particularly within the latter two industries. Both his industry background and experiences are far and wide, ranging from traditional offline marketing (events/print), project management through to website management and of course, social media management.
Scott can be found on Twitter via @scottaustinkemp
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 eight 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.
Annette Kennedy was elected 28th President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in June 2017 after serving four years as Vice President.
Previously, she held the position of President of the European Federation of Nurses and was active in lobbying the European Parliament, Commission and Council.
A Registered Nurse and Midwife with a BA in Nursing Studies and an MSc in Public Sector Analysis, Annette was the Director of Professional Development for the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation for 19 years and established the INMO’s very successful Education, Research and Resource Centre.
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 is an experienced pharmacist who has worked in the NHS for 20 years as a pharmacist and a senior manager. Jas has led on various initiatives and programmes of work across London to help deliver the objectives of the strategic QIPP programme and other medicines optimisation initiatives. More recently, she has been working at NHS England as the National Pharmacy Adviser for NHS RightCare, focusing on the national initiatives for medicines optimisation within NHS RightCare.
Kamlesh Khunti is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, UK. He is Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre and leads a research group that is currently working on the early identification of, and interventions with, people who have diabetes or are at increased risk of developing diabetes.
His work has influenced national and international guidelines on the screening and management of people with diabetes. Professor Khunti is also Director of the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands and Director of The Real World Evidence Unit and the Centre for Black Minority Ethnic Health. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator and Principal Investigator on several major national and international studies.
Professor Khunti is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is currently an advisor to the Department of Health, a Clinical Advisor for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Secretary of the Primary Care Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. He is Past Chair of the Department of Health–RCGP Committee on Classification of Diabetes and is Past Chair of the NICE Guidelines on Prevention of Diabetes.
In addition, he is Co-Director of the Diabetes MSc at Leicester University. He has won numerous awards nationally and internationally.
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 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.
Andrea King is the Local Authority Advisor for Wessex and Thames Valley Regions, having previously spent 20 years in Children’s Services, in the voluntary sector, central government and as a senior leader in Local Authority, most recently as Assistant Director for Safeguarding and Prevention Services in West Berkshire Council. Andrea uses restorative approaches to enable senior leaders and frontline staff to work together to find solutions to improve outcomes for children and families. Andrea is working part-time for NHS England and part-time providing safeguarding improvement or restorative/systems change consultancy across the UK, whilst studying for a Bachelor in Theology at Oxford University.
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.
Dr Karen Kirkham is Assistant Clinical Chair at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
Dorset ACS clinical lead
Simon Knight is a Special School Leader and National SEND Leader at Whole School SEND, a consortium of organisations committed to enhancing the quality of education for learners with special educational needs and / or disabilities.
He has sat on the Department for Education panels developing both the Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants and the Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development.
He writes features for the TES and regularly contributes comment and content to other publications and conferences.
Follow Simon Knight on Twitter: @simonknight100
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 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.
Dr Steven Laitner
Dr Steven Laitner is a General Practitioner with a Public Health and Clinical Leadership background.
As well as practising as a part time GP he is a freelance health consultant with his own consultancy company Programmes for Health which supports a range of healthcare commissioning and provider organisations.
Steven was one of the original architects of the Accountable Lead Provider model whilst working at the Department of Health, where he was also National Clinical Lead for Shared Decision Making.
He is currently supporting a range of organisations on developing accountable, integrated, programmes of care.
During 2016 Steven joined the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) as a Clinical Advisor to their Primary Care Home (PCH) Programme.He has developed a keen interest in Population Health Management, in particular, Population Segmentation and Risk Stratification.
His work also covers new models of care delivery such as telephone triage, referral triage, self management support, care coordination, case management and care planning. He supports commissioners and providers to develop new programmes of care such as Musculoskeletal and Frail Elderly Programmes.
His clinical interests include primary care, frail elderly, care planning, self care support, GP access, patient leadership and shared decision making.
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 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.
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 is the Chief Officer for NHS Hull CCG.
She has 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 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 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.
Sarah Leach is the Personal Health Budget Implementation Manager for Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group.
She is responsible for ensuring the personalisation agenda is delivered as one of the key ambitions of the Five Year Forward View – transforming the way in which the NHS empowers patients. This includes leading the expansion of personal health budgets, the delivery of the individualised commissioning, and developing and implementing new models of delivering patient choice and control including in end of life care, mental health and wheelchair services.
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.
Ruth Lee is a community learning disability nurse for Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
She has worked with adults with a learning disability, autism or both who present with behaviours that are considered challenging for six years.
Ruth works with people and their circle of support to use positive behaviour support (PBS). PBS helps us to understand the reasons behind a person’s behaviour.
Her overall aim is to help improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability, autism or both.
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 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 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.
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 works for NHS England.
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.
Liz Fenton (MSc, BSC (Hons), RN, QN) joined Health Education England in July 2015 and become HEE’s Deputy Chief Nurse in October 2017.
Having completed nurse training at Kings College Hospital, London, Liz qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1981 and subsequently held a number of clinical and leadership roles in both acute and community settings including at board level. Liz was awarded the title Queens Nurse in 2017. Passionate about quality improvement Liz works with the Care Quality Commission as a Specialist Advisor and is an elected member of the Community Hospitals Association leadership team.
Liz also acts as a surveyor for national and international peer accreditation, benchmarking services against best practice. Liz has chaired the Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) Capacity and Capability Task and Finish Group on behalf of the LCAV Partnership Board, to develop this learning tool which aims to support all nursing, midwifery and care staff to identify and address unwarranted variation in practice.
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.
Dr José Garcia Lobera
Dr José Garcia Lobera moved from Spain in 2003 and has worked as qualified GP in Southend for the last 15 years at the Pall Mall Surgery in Leigh –on-sea. José is the Chairman for NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group CCG and Clinical Lead for Prescribing and GP Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disability.
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.
Dr Anna Lowe
Dr Anna Lowe is Cancer Implementation Manager for the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) at NHS England. This involves supporting the role of AHPs in helping to deliver the national cancer strategy and raising the profile of the contribution of AHPs to cancer care.
Alongside this, Anna is a Physical Activity Clinical Champion at Public Health England.
Anna is a physiotherapist and has had previous roles in higher education, research and clinical practice.
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 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 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 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.
Dr Vincent Mak
Dr Vincent Mak was a Consultant Physician in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Director for Emergency Services at North West London Hospitals Trust from 1994 to 2013. He was also the Clinical Director of the Outer North West London Integrated Care Programme, and then the Whole Systems Integrated Care Programme Board for North West London, the largest Integrated Care project in the UK.
He took up his current role as a Consultant Physician in Respiratory Integrated Care at Imperial College Healthcare Trust so that he could dedicate more time to developing new models of person centred collaborative care. He now leads a multidisciplinary team bridging many care providers to manage chronic respiratory disease from early diagnosis and prevention, through to advanced care. He is also the NW London Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Physicians.
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 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 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 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.
Dr Rachel Marsden
Dr Rachel Marsden is a first five GP from Sheffield working as a salaried GP near the Derbyshire border. She is also involved in undergraduate teaching and out of hours provision and has been the clinical support fellow for sepsis at the Royal College of General Practitioners since April 2017.
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 is an educator and parent with an interest in making care accessible.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Ruth May is Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England.
She was previously Nursing Director at Monitor, the healthcare sector regulator whose responsibilities transferred to NHS Improvement on 1 April 2016. She joined Monitor in July 2015. Before that she was Regional Chief Nurse and Nurse Director for the Midlands and East region of NHS England.
Ruth began her career with a variety of nursing roles before becoming a theatre sister at Frimley Park Hospital. She was Acting Director of Nursing at Barnet Hospital before being appointed the substantive Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive with Havering Primary Care Trust.
In October 2005, she became Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, a post which she held for two years. She has also been Chief Executive of Mid-Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust. Ruth led ‘Stop the Pressure’ which nearly halved the number of pressure ulcers in M&E, improving care for patients as well as delivering cost savings to the NHS.
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.
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.
Royal Voluntary Service Chief Executive.
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.
A published writer and book reviewer with a Masters in Research in Health Sciences, Joanne is Senior Nurse for Mental Health in the Nursing and Midwifery Team at NHS England.
She has won several national awards including Health Writer of the Year and Dementia Care Manager of the Year. She has also starred in numerous promotional nursing films and has been a regular contributor to various national media such as Radio 4.
A member of the Expert Advisory Board for RCN Mental Health Practice, Joanne has extensive experience of presenting at local, national and international conferences. She is currently undertaking a second Masters degree in Healthcare Leadership.
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.
Paula McGowan grew up in Liverpool and is married to Tom McGowan who is a squadron leader in the Royal Air Force.
She has three children.
Following the untimely death of her youngest child Oliver, Paula has dedicated her life to campaigning for better health care for people who have autism and learning disabilities.
She is passionate that all doctors and nurses should receive mandatory training in autism and learning disability awareness.
Paula has recently moved to Australia with her husband but her campaigning continues to go from strength to strength. She attends health care conferences and has done several talks about what happened to Oliver.
Follow Paula on Twitter: @PaulaMc007
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 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.
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 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.
Naomi McVey is Head of Programmes for the Chief Allied Health Professions (AHP) Officer at NHS England.
She is responsible for overseeing the national programme on implementing AHPs into Action, the framework for the 14 allied health professions in England; working closely with other arm’s length bodies and a range of national and local stakeholders.
She is also a NICE Fellow, focusing on supporting AHPs to understand, engage with and implement NICE guidance.
As a physiotherapist, Naomi specialised in rehabilitation for older people, and worked in range of clinical and managerial roles in the NHS before moving to improvement and transformation in roles at NICE and Health Education England.
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 is Head of Personalised Care for the North region, working with Integrated Care Systems and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships to support the delivery of personalised care, empowering people and communities to take greater responsibility and control of their own health and wellbeing.
Pritti is passionate about systems leadership, self-care, diversity and inclusion. She believes in walking the walk!
Pritti joined NHS England in 2013 and has worked across strategy and delivery. She supported the development of the Five Year Froward View and led the commissioning of the Realising the Value programme, setting the national agenda and context for self-care. More recently, she led the Empowering People and Communities Workstream of the New Care Models programme, where her team worked intensively with 15 new care models to support the implementation and spread of self-care.
Pritti’s also a recent graduate of the Nye Bevan leadership programme for aspiring directors and is part of the NHS England’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Group talent management programme.
Pritti has 12 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, across RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss and Genetic Alliance UK, where she led and supported the development and delivery of national strategies to improve health and care services and support for a range of groups.
Pritti is a scientist by background, holding a Ph.D. and post-doctoral training in Developmental and Molecular Genetics.
Follow Pritti @pritti_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.
Andrew Millar is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the North Middlesex University Hospital where he is the Lead Clinician for Upper GI Cancer, Viral Hepatitis Service and Endoscopy Training.
Andrew led the development the use of Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres whilst in post as the London Cancer Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Pathway Director and has since been appointed as Clinical Lead for Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres for the UCLH Cancer Collaborative.
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.
Trudy Mills began her career as a nurse/midwife in 1988 and her roles within the NHS have included several commissioning posts across local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.
She provides overall leadership for Children and Family Health Surrey and is overseeing the ongoing transformation of its services, which are delivered by partners CSH Surrey, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and First Community Health.
Trudy is also the executive strategy lead for women and children’s services within Surrey Heartlands STP, providing executive and strategic support to change management programmes including a single system midwifery management structure across three acute trusts and the standardisation of care pathways for paediatric services.
Kate Milton is the Experience of Care Lead for Staff Experience at NHS England.
Kate has over 30 years’ experience in HR, equality and human rights, and staff experience, predominantly in the public sector.
She was appointed to NHS England as part of the equality and health inequalities team in May 2013, moving into her current role as Experience of Care Lead for Staff Experience in May last year. She leads a programme to drive improved outcomes and experiences for patients through improving staff experiences of care.
Outside of work Kate is member of the Local Governing Board at Callington Community College in Cornwall. She has been a governor since October 2012, and was appointed Chair in January 2017
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 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.
Peter Molyneux is Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
He has a particular interest in the importance of diversity to good decision making.
Peter is a Visiting Fellow at the John Madejski Centre for Reputation Management at Henley Business School, a Board Member of Recovery Focus and a Stonewall Ambassador. He is writing in a personal capacity.
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, Deputy Chair (Clinical) at NHS Kingston CCG, is a long-standing GP, a GP trainer and honorary teaching fellow at Imperial College.
Locally he is CCG lead on education and training, appraisal, cardiovascular services and mental health. He is leading on the development of mental health services in primary care across London as a member of the London Specialist Clinical Network for mental health.
Nationally he is on the Board of NHS Clinical Commissioners and chairs the Mental Health Commissioners’ Network.
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, 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 is the National Clinical Director for Respiratory Services in England.
He is a 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.
His career interests have included the assessment and management of respiratory disability, particularly in COPD and he has over 20 years’ experience of clinical management in developing and leading the respiratory services in Leicester.
Mike is a past President and Chairman of the British Thoracic Society and editor of Chronic Respiratory Disease.
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 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 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 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.
Dr Anthea Mowat
Dr Anthea Mowat is Chair of the BMA Representative Body, one of three elected Chief Officers, and is the lead for Equality and Inclusion, as well as for Education, Training and Workforce.
She is an associate specialist in anaesthesia and chronic pain management at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, which is part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT).
Born in Newcastle, she completed her medical training in Aberdeen, and her anaesthetic training in Aberdeen and Inverness.
Anthea has been Involved in SAS Grade representation locally since 1993 and nationally since 2002.
She was Chair of the Trust Local Negotiating Committee 2007-2014 and Trust SAS Clinical Tutor since 2009, looking after 190 SAS staff.
She is a member of the AAGBI SAS committee and was honoured to be awarded AAGBI Pask Certificate in 2009, and BMA Association Medal in 2010.
Anthea lectures nationally on appraisal, on job planning and on SAS issues.
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 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, National Mental Health Director for NHS England, has been 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 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 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, 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, 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 www.nhsaccelerator.com
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 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 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”.
Joe O’Grady began his 32-year career in Health and Social Care as a nursing auxiliary and completed his training as an RMN in 1989.
He is currently on secondment for 2018-19 to formulate an equality governance framework and service for the Cheshire and Merseyside region, and has been the Equality and Diversity Manager at the Countess of Chester Hospital since 2011.
Joe increased recruitment of stakeholders from across the protected characteristics into equality sub groups, the equality governance framework and joint working initiatives. He implemented a robust equality analysis toolkit and recruited over 40 Equality Local Champions, who received accredited E&D training. In addition, Joe co-facilitated International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), Chester PRIDE and other events in partnership with third sector organisations.
He launched the Trust’s inaugural Carers Strategy to support Patients and Staff who are Carers. Joe has also helped the Trust to achieve one of the highest equality performance ratings under both the Equality Delivery System 2 and Workforce Race Equality Standard frameworks and to meet the Accessible Information Standard, Disability Confident Employer and NAVAJO LGBTI Charter Marks.
His Trust has been a pilot site for both the Workforce Disability Equality Standard and the NHS Sexual Orientation Monitoring Standard and is a Partner Alumni for Diversity and Inclusion with NHS Employers.
Joe won the national NHS Leadership Academy Award for Inclusive Leadership in 2015 and national Diversity Champion award for Public Sector in 2017, in the Excellence In Diversity Awards.
Peter O’Reilly originally joined Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) on 1 March 2011 as Director of Prevention and Protection after serving for 21 years with Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. On 1 April 2015 he was appointed to the role of County Fire Officer and Chief Executive and in June 2016 was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal (QFSM).
He served in Belfast for most of his career as a Firefighter, Junior Officer and District Commander, before moving to Ballymena as an Assistant Area Commander. He became the Area Commander for Northern Area Command in 2009.
Currently Peter holds the Strategic Lead role for Health within the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA). Successes include the agreement and signing of a Joint Consensus Statement with NHS, PHE, LGA, and Age UK which has resulted in UK Fire Services delivering Safe and Well visits to those most vulnerable in communities. Separately, with the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), he has signed a similar statement aligning the strategic intent for support to emergency medical incidents.
Since joining Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Peter has overseen the complete restructuring of the Prevention and Protection Directorate and aligned the Service with the Public Service Reform agenda in Greater Manchester. On 15 September 2015 Peter lead GMFRS to become the first Fire Service in the United Kingdom to assist its local ambulance service, by making available all of its firefighters, in responding to cardiac arrests.
Tyler O’Sullivan is a Strategy analyst within the Strategy Group at NHS England, leading work on the Learning Disability Employment programme.
Alison began her career as a social worker assistant in inner-city Derby in 1973, trained at Bradford University, qualifying in 1978 and then worked in Bradford for many years. She was fortunate to have experience working with all groups of people and in many different parts of this diverse district. As she moved into senior roles in social services, partnership working became a strong feature and she was seconded as joint commissioner for older people with the Area Health Authority as well as holding assistant director roles for adults. Alison was director of social services for Bradford for four years and left in 2006 to go as director for children and young people to Kirklees. She retired from this role in April 2016.
Alison was active in the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) from its inception supporting regional work to share best practice and drive improvement. She represented Yorkshire and Humberside on the National Council for ADCS and was elected vice president in 2014 becoming president for the year from April 2015. This was a huge privilege and enabled her to engage in national policy shaping and give advice on behalf of directors of children’s services to government departments and others. She has a long track record of engagement in national policy work from the Marmot Review in 2008 to Future in Mind in 2016.
Alison has acted as a champion for children at a local and national level with particular emphasis on empowering children to directly influence policy and practice. Alison pressed for better support for care leavers and mental health of young people as specific issues during her Presidential year. Since retirement Alison has been a member of the advisory board for the Children’s Commissioner, Co-Chair and support to the Expert Group improving mental health for children in care, together with advice and consultancy roles.
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.
Andrzei (Andi) Orlowski
Andrzei (Andi) Orlowski is a Senior Population Health Analytics Advisor at NHS England. In this role Andi works with the new care models team to support vanguards and pioneers in their plans to deliver care by providing advice through the Population Health Analytics Network.
Andi is also the Head of Business Intelligence at Imperial College Health Partners where his work ranges from uncovering health inequalities and opportunities to improve NHS services, to helping SMEs and larger healthcare private companies better understand their market and how to best access it.
Through his work Andi collaborates across the AHSN network and works closely with Public Health England. Andi endeavours to create equitable, timely and easily interpretable access to these data sets to the broadest group of stakeholders as possible.
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 is a Learning Disability Network Manager in the engagement team with NHS England, a job he started in August 2015. Aaron was born with a rare genetic mild disability called Kabuki Syndrome that affects one in 32,000 births worldwide and is autistic.
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 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.
Jill Parker is the senior policy advisor for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and leads on STOMP in social care.
Much of her work involves supporting social care providers to implement STOMP in a way that makes sense in their organisation and achieves the best possible outcomes for the people they support.
Lydia Parkhurst is a geography student at Hull University.
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.
Sonny Patnaik is a member of the New Care Models team working within the Harnessing Technology workstream as a project manager. He has a specific interest in supporting vanguards to understand and deliver the interoperability and information sharing agenda that will enable the delivery of better care services. This includes working with organisations who are looking to ensure that the end-of-life preferences of an individual are visible to those who are involved in their care via the IT systems that they use.
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.
Liam Paul is a Policy Manager in the System Transformation Group, now helping Accountable Care Systems (ACS) to design, test and implement system control totals and new payment mechanisms.
Prior to this he co-authored the Enhanced Health in Care Homes framework and worked with vanguards, STPs and accountable care systems to help them implement it.
Before joining the NHS, Liam supported councils to implement the Care Act 2014 and worked on health and social care improvement for the Local Government Association.
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 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.
Dr Ben Pearson
Following a zoology degree at Durham University Ben qualified in medicine at Kings College London in 1993. He worked in London, Lincoln and Nottingham, training in geriatric and general (internal) medicine, taking up his consultant post at Derby in 2004. For ten years Ben led the development of acute medical services, introducing consultant led front door assessment and ambulatory care services from 2006. He now works in community geriatrics and as Divisional Medical Director for Integrated Care. Ben has over six years of Board level experience with the Mansfield & Ashfield and Newark & Sherwood CCG Governing Body as their secondary care doctor and in August 2013 was appointed to the East Midlands Clinical Senate Council.
Sally Plumb is a Case Manager in Complex Rehabilitation in the South West.
She is a Registered Nurse with 27 years’ experience of working with complex neurological and long term conditions ranging through critical care, rehabilitation, community and neuro- palliative care.
This breadth of experience has been invaluable in achieving collegiate and networking pathways across multiple care providers in all case management posts that she has previously held.
She has a Masters in Health Policy, has published papers within stroke rehabilitation journals and MS Society publications, and has lectured throughout the South West Peninsula and South East London in previous regional posts. Sally is committed to ensuring the patient receives good quality, effective rehabilitation to optimise their potential.
Chris Pointon is the widower of the inspiring Dr Kate Granger MBE and Co-founder of the #hellomynameis campaign of which he remains the Global Campaign Ambassador
‘Play the cards in life you’ve been dealt’ were words that Kate and I lived by and we certainly lived life to the full every day, even before her terminal cancer diagnosis.
Our lives were turned upside down around 6 and a half years ago when Kate was diagnosed with terminal cancer whilst we were holidaying in California.
From that point we crammed a huge amount into Kate’s time on this planet. Along the way we raised over £340,000 for good causes, travelled the world, met many celebrities and royalty and started a global campaign that improves patient care through the basic message of introductions entitled #hellomynameis. Kate’s legacy is huge and her name will live on forever through her legacy and various awards named in her honour.
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.
Caroline Poole is Professional Head of Allied Health Professions at NHS Improvement and a registered speech and language therapist and qualified coach.
Over 20 years she has developed a broad portfolio of experience within healthcare, having held clinical, managerial and strategic leadership positions across community and acute services and in commissioning.
Her passion is for improving the experience and outcomes for patients, carers, staff and systems. She joined NHS Improvement in 2017, firstly as a Clinical Fellow focussing on developing AHP Leadership, and was recently appointed as the first Professional Head of AHPs.
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.
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.
Professor Stephen H Powis
Stephen Powis is the National Medical Director of NHS England and Professor of Renal Medicine at University College London.
Previously he was Medical Director (and latterly Group Chief Medical Officer) of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust from 2006 to 2018. Professor Powis was also a member of the governing body of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group for five years and a Director of Healthcare Services Laboratories LLP.
He is a past Chairman of the Association of UK Universities (AUKUH) Medical Directors Group and has been a member of numerous national committees and working groups, including the Department of Health Strategic Education Funding Expert Group. He is a past non-executive director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, including a period of eight months as acting chairman.
He is a past chairman of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) for Renal Medicine and a former board member of Medical Education England. He was Director of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education for UCLPartners from 2010-13. He is a past treasurer and trustee of the British Transplantation Society and a former member of the UK Transplant Kidney Pancreas Advisory Group.
He has also served as a member of the Renal Association Executive Committee. He was Editor of the journal Nephron Clinical Practice from 2003 to 2008. In 2017 he became the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the journal BMJ Leader. He has been a trustee of several charities, including the Royal Free Charity and the Healthcare Management Trust.
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 is Lay Member NHS England Allied Health Professions (AHP) Medicines Project Board.
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.
Joe Pusey is an alumni member of the NHS Youth Forum.
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.
Professor Mark Radford
Mark Radford is Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS Improvement with a portfolio that covers workforce, quality improvement and Governance.
Mark has worked in Perioperative, Emergency and Intensive care in the UK and Europe. He was previously been a Chief Nurse of a University Teaching Hospital and Consultant Nurse in Emergency & Trauma care. Mark is Professor of Nursing at Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and has published research on staffing, advanced practice, perioperative and trauma care.
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.
Jane Ramsay is Chair of the Children and Young People Steering Group at NHS England and also Chair of the Young Epilepsy Charity, which is a national body working to support 112,000 children and young people with epilepsy.
She is also a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life which advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK.
Jane has a wealth of experience from both the NHS, including Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a primary care trust and local government where she was a senior lawyer for many years.
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).
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Lisa is the Service User Voice Policy Manager for Maternity at NHS England. This currently involves engaging and facilitating local women, providers and commissioners to form Maternity Voice Partnerships (MVPs) within their Local Maternity Systems. MVPs are multi-disciplinary teams that work together to review and co-produce services with women and their families. Lisa is developing a toolkit for MVPs to use called 15 Steps for Maternity, which will is a simple took for listening to women and seeing services through their eyes.
Lisa also chairs Reading MVP and is a founding committee member of National Maternity Voices. This committee supports MVPs nationally to listen well to women and their families about their maternity care experiences, especially seldom heard women, so that future services can be shaped around them: www.nationalmaternityvoices.org.uk.
Suzanne Rastrick is Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England.
She qualified as an occupational therapist in Oxford in 1986, and began her career in the acute hospital sector, moving to practice in community and primary care where she then gained her first general management role.
Suzanne was one of the first allied health professionals to hold a substantive Director of Nursing post, and has since held these roles in both providing and commissioning organisations in the NHS. She has also been Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust Cluster, and achieved authorisation for a large Clinical Commissioning Group with an integral commissioning support unit.
She has a Non-Executive portfolio in the commercial and not-for-profit housing sector, and sits on a number of national groups including NHS Employers Policy Board, Health Education England AHP Advisory Group, and England Centre for Practice Development National Advisory Board.
Suzanne was appointed as Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England on 1 September 2014. This role also has key professional leadership relationships to the Department of Health as well as to Health Education England.
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Katie Ratcliffe is a health policy and programme manager, with 12 years’ experience in central government roles in the UK, South East Asia, and the Middle East.
Completing her Masters in Health Policy from Imperial College in 2012, she has brought to the Maternity and Women’s’ Health team in NHS England a combination of programme management skills and broad policy knowledge which is supporting the transformation of maternity services across England.
In her spare time, Katie is a keen traveller, follows politics and social affairs and enjoys swimming and Pilates.
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 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.
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John Reeve is a Public and Patient Voice member (PPV) of the East of England Cancer Alliance Board.
The Cancer Alliance board members, represent over six million people with many different interests within health care. It seeks to collaborate and work together to transform cancer outcomes and services.
John’s view is that an inclusive patient voice will help inform the development of future services.
Jen Rhodes is a principal clinical psychologist working for Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
She has worked in the learning disability community treatment team in Sunderland for the past eight years.
Jen’s role involves working with people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families, and carers, to implement positive behavioural support.
She provides training and supervision for direct care staff, families, and other professionals, and is responsible for making sure the work of the team is high quality, and is doing the best for the people being served.
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 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 is Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England where he is head of profession for the pharmacy professions and the principal advisor on pharmacy and medicines use.
His role supports the Department of Health, broader Government and Health Education England.
Keith is the Senior Responsible Officer for reducing inappropriate prescribing of antimicrobial in the UK AMR Strategy, and leads on issues such as medicines optimisation, digital medicines, pharmacy educational reform and transforming pharmacy practice in line with the NHS’s Five Year Forward View.
He is a visiting professor at the Imperial College Medical School.
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 is Director of NHS Commissioning at NHS England.
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 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 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’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.
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 Azhar Saleem
Dr Azhar Saleem is a London GP with an interest in respiratory medicine. He is a member of the Lambeth CCG Governing Body, responsible for commissioning of respiratory and long term conditions. He is a founding member of the Integrated Respiratory Team for Lambeth and Southwark. He is Clinical Lead for the RightBreathe inhaler resource.
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 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 is the Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, working within the Strategy and Innovation Directorate to oversee the strategy and delivery for a range of programmes that are helping to empower people to have greater choice and control over their care. This includes the Personal Health Budgets programme, Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC), Shared Decision Making, Person-Centred Care, Maternity Pioneers and developing and implementing new models of delivering patient choice.
James joined NHS England 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.
Danny Sculthorpe played almost 300 professional rugby league games for Rochdale, Wigan, Castleford, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Bradford, as well as captaining England, before a serious spine injury forced him into retirement. Danny suffered from acute depression but courageously fought back and is now a trustee of the State of Mind Sport charity.
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 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.
Professor Laura Serrant
Professor Laura Serrant is Professor of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, one of only 6 black Professors of Nursing (out of 262) in the UK. She was also one of the first to qualify as a nurse with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
She has frequently found herself as the sole voice representing nurses and minority communities; a position which she has striven to challenge throughout her career by empowering others to come forward to join her, in a unique call to ‘lift as you climb’. She is one of the 2017 BBC Expert women, Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s BME Strategic Advisory group and a 2017 Florence Nightingale Scholar. She is an ambassador of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue and the Equality Challenge Unit Race Equality Charter for Higher Education.
Her work has been recognised with numbers awards and prizes, including Queens Nurse status and Fellowship of the Queens Nursing Institute to those who have shown leadership in community nursing. In 2014, she was named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards.
Professor Serrant has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety.
In 2010, she was appointed to the UK Prime Minister’s commission for the review of Nursing and Midwifery by the Department of Health. As a member of the Independent Advisory Group to the UK government on Black and minority ethnic issues, she was a key influencer in the development of the first national strategy for sexual health and HIV for England 2001. In 2015, she lead the work at NHS England, Nursing Directorate as Head of Evidence and Strategy, evaluating the three year national nursing strategy and informing development of the new national approach to work for nurses midwives and care staff in England which was launched in April 2016.
She is visiting professor at The University of the West Indies, The Faculty of Health Sciences at Dominica State College and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil and the Warsaw Medical University, Poland.
She holds an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. She has also served as a Non-executive Director at Heart of England Foundation Trust and Skills for Health Academy, England.
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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 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.
Jo Shill is a Quality Assurance Lead Nurse within NEW Devon CCG. Her current role focusses on the redesign and implementation of sustainable change in relation to the application of the NHS Continuing Healthcare Framework locally, and in the quality assurance of local care home and personal care providers delivering care to eligible individuals within the CCG footprint.
Jo’s previous roles have included acute service pathway developments and redesign of community rapid response services. Working jointly with local partner organisations, Jo has a passion for delivery of equitable services, and thrives on the challenge of asking ‘why wouldn’t we’ when it comes to embracing and implementing change.
The project described in this blog was delivered jointly by Jo, her colleague Chris Morley, the CCG’s Market Development Manager, and Gail Wilson, Deputy Director of Clinical Services at St Luke’s Hospice. Supported by the wider Personal Health Budget Team at NHS England and the St Luke’s Clinical Nurse Specialists, the project explored the particular challenges of delivery of end of life care in rural areas.
The personalisation agenda is embraced in full within the CCG, who now have well-established processes for set up and evaluation of individualised support plans. Working closely with their counterpart local authorities, NEW Devon have embraced the opportunity of delivery of care in this way, and relish in asking people ‘what matters to you?’ rather than, ‘what’s the matter with you?’
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 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 Kashif Siddiqui
Following his graduation from The Royal Free & University College Medical School in 2005, Kashif’s current position is as GP Principal within a Benfleet medical practice. In addition, he is also the Chairman and Clinical Lead for Patient and Public Involvement for NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and a GP trainer.
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 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.
Rosie Skrypak is clinical lead occupational therapist and therapy service lead for the health services for elderly people and rapid response therapy team at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Rosie qualified as an occupational therapist 14 years ago, starting her career at the Royal Free Hospital before working elsewhere in palliative care.
She returned to take up her current role in 2012.
Rosie’s interests are frailty and patient flow and the role that quality improvement can play in these areas.
Dr. Richard Sloan
Dr. Richard Sloan MBE, MB, BS, BSc, PGC, PhD, FRCGP was a GP in Cheltenham and then in Airedale, Castleford until he retired in 2005.
He was a trainer, GP tutor, course organiser and Associate Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education (Yorkshire Deanery).
He worked as education advisor and appraisal lead for the Pontefract and Castleford and then the Wakefield District NHS Primary Care Trusts from 2004 to 2010. Since retirement he has worked for various organisations and is presently chair of Healthwatch Wakefield Ltd.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Melinda Smith is an Insight and Feedback Officer in the Insight & Feedback team. She currently works on two key projects exploring the best ways of collecting patient experience data for children and young people with cancer, and with mental health problems.
Following a background in administration and running a training business with her late husband, Delia Smith is now a Mencap support worker caring for six people with a learning disability in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Andrew Snowball is head of engagement at HSJ.
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 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 Caroline Sprake has been a GP for 26 years at Lane End Surgery and is now GP lead for diabetes for the clinical network for northern England. She has always had an interest in diabetes and is delighted to see the diabetes prevention programme be opened up to the whole of the UK.
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.
Danielle Stacey is the current Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow at NHS England where she has led on the Integrating NHS Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation into STPs/ICSs project.
Prior to this Danielle worked as a hospital pharmacist in the West Midlands and she is an independent prescriber specialising in infections.
She has recently been appointed Deputy Chief Pharmacist for Medicines Optimisation at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Ken is 79 and retired in 1996 after almost 30 years of working with young people.
With his wife, Elizabeth, Ken moved back to Bristol to care for his mother-in-law, who lived until she was 96. By this time Elizabeth had suffered many years of back pain as a result of an accident, and was registered as disabled. Her health has deteriorated over the years and Ken is now her main carer.
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.
Ruth was appointed Chief Executive of Samaritans in August 2015. She initially trained as a Registered General Nurse but has spent the majority of her career in public health roles, following a degree in Social Policy from the University of Warwick and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Ulster. Ruth was the founding Director of the Community Development and Health Network, a charitable membership network committed to addressing inequalities in health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland. Prior to joining Samaritans, she was CEO of Relate and previously held senior executive leadership roles at Rethink, Alzheimer’s Society and Scope. Ruth is also Co-Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, and a volunteer at the Bexley and Dartford branch of Samaritans. She has been a Trustee of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts since November 2015.
Grace Sweeney is the Senior Manager for Impact, Research and Evaluation within NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team and links closely with the Operational Research and Evaluation (OR&E) team.
She leads a small group of researchers and measurement analysts and has led the development and operationalisation of an ‘Impact Framework’, the purpose of which is to capture the full and true value of improvement work in complex environments like the NHS.
Grace is a health services researcher by background and for the last 10 years has worked with numerous improvement organisations in a research capacity; she has a particular interest in using evidence generated from formative evaluation to improve and refine improvement programmes, so that organisations become genuinely evidence-based and learning-focussed.
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 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.
Matt Tagney is NHS England’s Programme Director for the Maternity Transformation Programme.
In this role Matt is responsible for bringing together delivery partners and stakeholders at national, regional and local level to build and deliver a programme of work that will see the NHS implement The National Maternity Review: Better Births by 2020/21 making maternity services in England kinder, safer and more personal.
Matt has led the development and implementation of major health policies at a national and local level in England and internationally.
He is also a trustee of the Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Charitable Trust which is supporting the renewal and development of hospitals in Rangoon and Rakhine, Myanmar.
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 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 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 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 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 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 is the topic lead in the NHS RightCare pathways programme. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 from the University of Nottingham. He has worked in acute and community trusts in a variety of senior clinical and leadership roles, acquiring an MSc and other post-graduate qualifications. He has developed system strategy to enable activity and prevention pathways for people with chronic MSK pain and led implementation of this strategy. He has led other innovative improvements including virtual clinics and advancing physiotherapy practice. He has led successful programmes to increase research capability and capacity in Allied Health Professionals. He is currently undertaking a PhD Fellowship at Sheffield Hallam University evaluating optimal transitions to activity in people with MSK pain.
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.
Dr Emma Tiffin
Dr Emma Tiffin has worked in mental health clinical leadership roles for over 15 years. Most recently she has focused on developing a sustainable integrated community-based service model for planned and unplanned mental health care. The model includes a First Response Crisis Mental Health Service with local sanctuaries and a Primary Service for Mental Health (PRISM) which brings together specialist mental health (including IAPT), primary care and community services. She is a national adviser for the NICE programme of work developing a national community mental health pathway.
Dr Tiffin is a practising GP in Peterborough and has a weekly radio show, Health Matters, on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. In 2016 she was awarded Health Education England’s East of England Leadership Award for Service Improvement and Innovation. The First Response Service won the Positive Practice Mental Health Award for acute/crisis care last October and in November Dr Tiffin was a runner-up for GP of the Year at the General Practice Awards. She was awarded Healthcare Leader of the Year at the 2017 national GP awards.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Liesje Turner is an HR professional with 21 years of experience in the public and private sector, spanning national and international industries including engineering, oil and gas and health, police and local authority.
She joined UHMBT in May 2017 on a two-year secondment as the Assistant Director of Workforce, to enhance professional and leadership development. Her role covers three main areas:
o Inclusion and diversity – leading the Trusts inclusion work from a workforce perspective
o Staff survey – preparing for and appropriately responding to the survey , making improvements to our approach and developing better alignment between staff survey and the people strategy
o Behavioural Standards Framework (BSF) – taking forward the internally developed approach (developed by staff for staff), adopted as the Trust-wide initiative to facilitate cultural transformation journey
Her previous roles have included Equality and Inclusion Lead, Head of HR Business Partnering, Workforce Planning Lead and Expatriate Liaison Advisor.
Recent contributions to the inclusion agenda have included hosting the inaugural NHS Employers Equality Partners Alumni event; the co-ordination of a BME conference in March 2018 headlined by Yvonne Coghill OBE; the achievement of being placed 8th in the UK’s Top 50 most inclusive employers; guest speaker at the 2017/18 NHS Employers Equality Partners Programme; the co-ordination and delivery of a multi-agency conference as part of EQW 2018 which focussed on Homelessness, Dementia and Intersectionality.
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 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.
Paul works with NHS England as Director of Nursing, Transformation. Currently, the focus of his role is on general practice nursing and the delivery of the GPN Ten Point Plan. Paul also leads a national initiative on the perception of nursing and midwifery.
Paul was a Regional Director with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Leading and managing RCN services in the West Midlands, Paul worked with key stakeholders to ensure the needs of RCN members within the region were met and the interests of nurses, HCAs and nursing were promoted and protected.
Engaging members in the work of the RCN was a key focus for Paul. Through his conception and delivery of the Local Learning Event Programme (branch engagement) and the Cultural Ambassadors Programme (addressing concerns of BME members with the disciplinary and grievance process) the region gained a reputation for listening to members and working with them to deliver positive change.
Paul has also been the RCN’s HCA Adviser, offering advice to HCAs, Assistant Practitioners (AP) and employers on issues relating to the employment and development of these roles. He also made a significant contribution to the development of the HCA role in general practice through his role as the National Project Manager with the Working in Partnership Programmes (WiPP), Health Care Assistant Initiative.
Last year, Paul completed a Masters in Management with the University of Liverpool and his dissertation focused on the factors that enable nursing staff to raise concerns in their workplace.
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 Vernon was appointed National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care at NHS England in 2016.
He qualified in 1988 in Manchester and 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. 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 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 University of Chester in 2016.
In 2017 he became Chair of the NHS England Hospital to Home Programme Board and is working on National Frailty Care with NHS Improvement.
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 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 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.
Jeremy Walsh was appointed SLP Director in January 2018, having previously worked at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust as Head of Service Delivery for forensic, specialist and national services, and CAMHS.
He is a qualified social worker and holds a Doctorate in Social Work, with a research specialism in the relationships between mental health professionals and carers, family and friends.
Jeremy has led a wide range of mental health and social care services within local authorities and the NHS.
As SLP Director he leads work across programmes including Forensic, CAMHS and Complex Care.
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.
Scott Watkin works for SeeAbility as a Senior Learning Disabilities Advisor and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire working with the learning disability nurses. Since October 2015 Scott has also been co-chair of the Transforming Care Assurance Board to help reduce the number of people with a learning disability staying in hospital.
Scott won the making a difference award at the national learning disabilities awards in 2017 and represents organisations and professionals on the representative body for Learning Disability England.
You can follow @scottwatkin on Twitter
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.