Richard Stevenson

Rich began his career as a physiologist in clinical research. He then moved to an applied setting, and specialised as an exercise physiologist for the fire and rescue services, working as part of a multidisciplinary occupational health team to ensure the safety and wellbeing of firefighters in South Wales. During this time, Rich led a programme of research into national fitness standards for firefighters and had advised several Government departments on issues surrounding firefighter fitness.

As well as the Innovation Adviser to the West of England AHSN, which is a co-funded post between the AHSN and the University of Bath, Rich remains an active researcher at the university in the Department for Health. This allows him to follow closely the current university research portfolio that can contribute to the success of the AHSN and ultimately support and improve the NHS.

“As someone that is passionate about health research and improving the lives of others, I’m delighted to join such an amazing team and hope to contribute to the great work of the West of England AHSN”. 

Cathy Geary

Cathy has joined the Innovation and Growth team supporting a variety of projects.

She joined in April 2021, having spent many years as a Science teacher in Secondary and Primary schools and also having run a music class business around her family.

Cathy has a BSc in Psychology and enjoys folk music, travel and running outside work.

Rosy Copping

Rosy joined the team in January 2021, as a Project Support Officer. Previous to this she worked in activities and event roles in Dementia care and for the Alzheimer’s Society. She also has a background working with children and young people with Learning Disabilities and has managed a Stagecoach School.

At the West of England AHSN, Rosy will be supporting the Learning Disabilities Collaborative, Enhanced Health in Care Homes, SHarED, ReSPECT and the Respiratory projects.

Rosy is passionate about working with projects and initiatives that make a positive difference to people’s lives and ensuring that their best interests are always at the centre of our work.

Mark Juniper

Mark has been a consultant physician at the Great Western Hospital since 2000. He has held various leadership roles there including Associate Medical Director and Clinical Lead for Quality. He is passionate about quality improvement and leadership in healthcare. He was a member of the patient safety collaborative board at the AHSN when it was first established and joined as a clinical lead at the beginning of 2020. He is involved in particular in the AHSN respiratory work programmes.

Girish Gowda

After completing Paediatric Specialist training from Severn Denary in 2012 Dr Keshava Girish Gowda has been working at The Great Western Hospital (GWH), Swindon as a Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in Neonatology. He is a co-Neonatal lead and patient safety champion for the GWH Neonatal services.

He is actively involved in many local and national quality improvement projects. He is specifically known for his work on GWH Avoid Term Admission Into Neonatal unit (ATAIN) project. GWH remains one of the few units in the country to maintain ATAIN rate less than 3.6% consistently for last few years.
He was shortlisted for a BAPM award for Improving Quality in Perinatal Care in 2019 and he was 2019 Finalist in GWH Staff Excellence Awards under the category “Learning from excellence”.

Lesley Jordan

Lesley has been a Consultant Anaesthetist, specialising in Obstetric Anaesthesia at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHSFT from 2000, and since 2010 has been Trust Medical Patient Safety Lead: within that role has led sustained improvements in patient safety in perioperative care and early identification of the deteriorating patient, winning 2 Patient Safety Care Awards for Prevention of Intraoperative Hypothermia in 2014 and Patient Safety Team of the Year in 2020 improvements in Sepsis and AKI and development of Sepsis and Kidney Injury Prevention Team (SKIP).

She has extensive experience in Quality Improvement and is an Associate member of the NHS Improvement Quality Service Improvement and Redesign (QSIR) Faculty, which she has led in Bath since 2015, as well as a national Perioperative QSIR course since 2018.

She has led improvements in perioperative care preventing Never Events as well as improved outcomes for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy, both shortlisted as finalists for national  awards in 2016 and 2017.

In recognition for her work, she was awarded the RUH Chief Executive Patient Safety Award in 2013 and shortlisted as a finalist for National Patient Safety Lead of the Year in 2017.

She is Deputy Chair of the Royal College Anaesthetists Quality Working Group and a member of the Secondary Care Adviser for Governing Body of Gloucester Clinical Commissioning Group.

Since 2020 she has been lead for Obstetric Anaesthesia in Bath and has been Treasurer of Regional Obstetric Anaesthetic Group , COMMA since 2016.

She has worked regionally with local West of England Academic Health Science Network on spreading use of NEWS across the region, as well as the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative and since 2018 as QI adviser for Precission project, decreasing surgical site Infection cross the region.

Dawn Morrall

Dawn is an experienced senior midwife working in Gloucestershire as the Clinical Lead for the LMNS, and lead for the Maternity Transformation Programme. In previous roles she has been Assistant Director of Maternity Services in both Gloucestershire NHSFT and North Bristol Trust, where she was also the Clinical Lead for the Midwifery Led Care & Birth Centres.

Dawn has always been interested in Quality Improvement, sharing ideas and innovations to improve services and developing skills within the workforce on QI methodology. In 2017/18 was Clinical Improvement Lead for SWMCN and in  2019/20 member of the South West Clinical Senate. She currently supports 9 workstreams including Perinatal Safety & Quality Workstream, and is chair of Gloucestershire LMNS Cultural Diversity Workstream and clinical lead for the implementation of midwifery continuity of carer across Gloucestershire.

She loves being able to work in a joined up way across systems and organisations to improve safety, experience and outcomes for women, babies and families and has used these opportunities in projects such as developing an integrated midwife/Health Visitor/GP Postnatal Pathway. She enjoys working with the West of England AHSN and the opportunities this brings to share and learn from each other to improve the safety and experience of maternity services and the early years for women and families.

Rachel Ions

Rachel is a Consultant Obstetrician at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) with a special interest in maternal medicine and intrapartum care. She has worked closely with the AHSN since being the local representative for NBT at the South West Obstetric Network in 2018-2019. More latterly she has become more interested in Quality Improvement following her involvement in the national Maternal and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme, with a local project to reduce postpartum haemorrhage rates. Following on from this she has become involved in other regional QI work such as the PeriPrem project.

Rachel is a part of the national Clinical Improvement Leaders Group and as such contributes to the regional Patient Safety Network. She enjoys seeing the difference that can be made by properly embedding known good practice, and the pride that all members of the team can share in as they realise these improvements for the women and babies they care for.

Dr Kyla Thomas

Kyla’s main research interests are around examining the effectiveness, cost effectiveness and safety of smoking cessation medicines, particularly varenicline (and e-cigarettes) and the development of complex interventions to prevent and reduce opioid painkiller dependence in patients with chronic non cancer pain.

Jonathan Aning

Jon is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at  the Bristol Urological Institute, North Bristol NHS Trust and a Clinical Lead at the West of England AHSN where his main role is working with the Innovation and Growth team. Jon is a keen researcher and passionate about improving patient outcomes. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bristol University.