Shomais Amedick

Shomais is the Project Support Officer for the Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour (PReCePT), and the Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme.

She joined the West of England AHSN team in April 2015 and started as Personal Assistant to Directors.

Outside of work, Shomais enjoys arts and crafts and socialising with friends.

Alex Leach

Alex trained as a nurse at King’s College London and specialised in Infectious Diseases and Haematology. She then moved to the medical device industry, gaining over 20 years of experience with a range of companies selling and marketing products, ranging from consumables, implants, capital equipment, diagnostics and generic pharmaceuticals. She has worked widely across the whole health care marketplace and has extensive experience of pathway redesign and business case development. Most recently, Alex worked as Commercial Manager for assistive technology charity Designability, leading on the commercialisation and exploitation of new products and services.

Clare Evans

Clare trained as a Registered Nurse at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol and spent a lot of her career working in Neurosurgery in Oxford developing the role of the Nurse Practitioner in this specialty. In 2000, Clare took up a role as Nurse Consultant at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital later moving to University Hospitals Bristol. Clare has a wealth of experience across the acute surgical pathway developing pre-assessment services and enhanced recovery pathways. Clare has an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice and was a recipient of the Health Foundation Leaders for Change award.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts has been Joint Chief Executive of both the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust since April 2018.

Paul has been a Chief Executive for over twenty years and spent more than five years in Wales leading a large Health Board responsible for community, mental health and learning disability services as well as for four acute hospitals. Prior to that he spent fourteen years in Plymouth as Chief Executive of the community and mental health services, and then the acute teaching hospital NHS Trust.

An Oxford University graduate, he has also held a variety of national roles across the NHS, including being a trustee of the NHS Confederation, vice-chair of the Association of UK University Hospitals and a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Nigel Harris

Nigel is the Director of Innovation and Growth at the West of England Academic Health Science Network. Nigel joined us in March 2019 from his previous role as Chief Executive of Designability. He led Designability since 2009, during which time it established itself as a regional South West lead for the development of assistive and enabling technology.

Nigel also brings more than 25 years of NHS experience in medical research and managerial roles. He is a registered Clinical Scientist and carries out academic research work at the University of Bath and the University of the West of England.

With partners, including the West of England AHSN, he founded the Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) in 2010. The objectives of the network are to build up and facilitate new collaborations, to promote knowledge transfer and the uptake of research and create commercial opportunities for products or services.

Hannah Little

Hannah is a registered nurse with a range of quality and service improvement experience in different sectors. Hannah has gained clinical experience across various NHS services, where her focus has always been the safety and experience of patients throughout their different – and often complex – clinical journeys. Before completing her MSc in Nursing, Hannah studied Philosophy, where she focused on phenomenology, ethics and the philosophy of law. Hannah’s MSc Nursing dissertation was a concept analysis of a ‘good death’, exploring different sociocultural perspectives and constructs.

Hannah leads the Deteriorating Patient workstream, managing projects including NEWS2 and the ED Safety Checklist, as well as a new project addressing healthcare inequalities for people with learning disabilities. Hannah set up the SAFER (Safety & Autonomy For Every Resident) Care Homes Collaborate, which aims to reduce avoidable harm for people in care homes by improving recognition and response to physical deterioration. The collaborative also promotes offering people choice, dignity and opportunities to own future decisions about their treatment. This involves engaging with the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) project.

Hannah practices clinically at both NBT and UH Bristol, alongside her role at the West of England AHSN.

Julia Ross

Julia Ross is the Chief Executive Officer for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She is leading the CCG as they continue to implement plans for a single commissioning ‘voice’ for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas.

Julia was previously Chief Executive at North West Surrey CCG. She set up the CCG, bringing three GP localities together into a single organisation. As senior responsible officer for Surrey Heartlands Sustainability and Transformation Plan, she also built a coalition of 11 organisations across the Health and Local Authority sectors and produced a shared plan with the full support of member organisations.

Prior to this, Julia was Associate Director, Commissioner Development (East) for NHS South of England on a full-time secondment basis from January 2011 to August 2012. She was responsible for core elements of commissioning delivery including leadership of the planning round and oversight of service reconfiguration across the region.

Joanna Garrett

Joanna is a paramedic with a long history of leading patient safety and service improvements in urgent and emergency care at local, regional and national levels. In every project, Joanna works towards improving communication and collaboration across the system as well as improving patient safety.

After implementing the National Early Warning Score within the ambulance service in the South West Joanna joined the West of England AHSN in 2017 to lead on the Deteriorating Patient programme. Joanna now manages the Medicines Safety Programme which includes Atrial Fibrillation, PINCER, Transfer of Care around Medicines (TCAM) and polypharmacy.

Joanna practices clinically at South Western Ambulance Service alongside her role at the West of England AHSN.

Tony Goring

Tony is a Project Manager in the Patient Safety team at West of England AHSN, and is currently working on the West of England regional ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) project.

He joined the AHSN in May 2018 following a career in managing projects in the charity sector, retail  sales management and teaching.

Outside of work, Tony enjoys camping trips in the family ‘Bongo’ camper van.

Alison Tavaré

Alison is a GP and a Primary Care Clinical Lead at the West of England AHSN.

Alison has a special interest in the use of NEWS in the early identification and management of sepsis and was the GP on the NICE Guidelines Development Group for Sepsis. She continues to work closely with the Royal College of General practitioners to raise awareness of sepsis amongst her colleagues and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians Independent Advisory Group for NEWS. She was a co-author of a Health Education England teaching package “Think Sepsis” and has also been involved in developing resources for pharmacists and carers in the community.

More recently the work in sepsis has broadened to look at ways of improving outcomes for people with a learning disability. Alongside this work Alison is involved in many other projects in the AHSN including ReSPECT, working in care homes, digital innovation and the Learning from Deaths steering group.

For many years Alison also worked in professional cricket at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club; which aligned well with her love of sport but has been a huge benefit to her work as a GP.