Janet joined the AHSN in April 2022 as the Patient Safety Programme Manager. With a background in critical care nursing and aeromedical evacuation, Janet has worked across the NHS and the Royal Air Force Medical Services in a range of diverse clinical and non-clinical roles both in the UK and overseas. Previous roles include Head of Training, Lead for Healthcare Governance, and project and programme management in healthcare related areas.
Sue joined us on secondment basis for one year as a Project Manager in the transforming systems and services team in March 2022. She will be focussing on the MedTech Funding Mandate.
As an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Sue has worked clinically in the surgical environment in North Bristol, Great Western Hospital and most recently as the Lead for Day Surgery Theatres at the RUH. Previous to this, Sue worked as a New Product Development Manager in the food industry.
Christabel is a Project Support Officer in the Service and System Transformation team, supporting various cardiovascular disease projects including blood pressure optimisation, rapid uptake products and lipid optimisation across the West of England.
Christabel joined the West of England AHSN in January, 2022. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and a Masters degree in Public Health. She has work experience as a pharmacist in Nigeria, a business development executive and most recently, a contact tracing practitioner for NHS Scotland.
Christabel is passionate about projects and programmes centred around health promotion, innovation and transformation for effective healthcare delivery.
Fondly called Mena – short for Aghogho Mena, she joined the West of England AHSN workforce in January 2022 as a Project Support Officer in the Service and System Transformation team. Mena will be working in the Medicine Optimisation Programme, also supporting the digital workstream and is looking forward to the variety of projects that she will be working on.
Mena has a background in agricultural finance and economics, healthcare and very recently in project management.
Mena is passionate about working with even the smallest projects that can make the biggest difference to people.
Ola (short for Aleksandra) is a Clinical Lead for the Pharmacy and has been working for the West of England AHSN since July 2021. She provides clinical leadership for quality improvement through medicines optimisation and safety across the West of England.
Her role includes creating the clinical vision for implementation of projects around medications, and providing clinical advice on priority setting, measurement and evaluation. Some of the projects and programmes that Ola is involved with are the QI for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, National Patient Safety Improvement Programme and Rapid Uptake Products.
Ola has extensive experience of working in tertiary, secondary, primary care and community pharmacy, and is currently leading on the integrated severe asthma care project in the South East of England in her other role. Her clinical areas of interest are frailty, respiratory and rheumatology.
Cheryl has an academic background in microbiology, immunology and pathogenicity and a varied career in the health technologies and life sciences sector, which started out in diagnostic sales. She set up and ran a pioneering business in sales and distribution of laboratory equipment, before moving into business innovation and developing a keen interest in disruptive technology. She has managed numerous projects and programmes, within both public and private sector roles, working alongside academia, NHS, pharmaceutical and government stakeholders, to support individuals and SMEs with their business development and funding. She also developed the first business plan for Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN and has, most recently, worked in local government, as Town Clerk.
On starting her role with us at the West of England AHSN, Cheryl says:
“This is the job I’ve always wanted. It’s the dream job because it’s the missing link in my career. I’ve done the whole innovation stage journey, from initial concept through to sales. But there’s always been this bit missing in the middle – to help health tech companies be able to sell into the NHS.
“As we know, the NHS is under huge pressure, and this pressure has only been increased further by Covid-19. Working to identify innovations with the potential to alleviate some of these pressures, by matching a healthcare need, is so exciting. My role here is about facilitating that.”
Bea has been a midwife and is excited to be seconded to the AHSN as a Senior Project Manager for the Maternity and Neonatal Service Improvement Project.
Having been a midwife for ten years Bea has held specialist roles in safeguarding and continues to work clinically as a labour ward coordinator during her secondment.
In the final months of her Masters in Advancing Midwifery Practice, Bea has focused on leadership and safety culture during her studies.
Shan is a former GP partner who has extensive experience in health technology and management. He works for West of England AHSN part time, providing them with strategic digital clinical advice since 2020. Shan provides support in areas of technology and their application to solving clinical problems. He is passionate about digital being an enabler for transformation.
Outside of the West of England AHSN, Shan works for Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group/ Integrated Care System as their Chief Clinical Information Officer. He also works as an independent consultant with a number of companies.
Genevieve joined us in May 2021 after spending three years with Public Health Wales as a Senior Researcher for Evaluation and Impact; most recently developing new insights as part of the Welsh response to COVID-19. An experienced researcher and evaluator; she has taken on a new role here to develop the evaluation and insight function at the West of England AHSN.
As Head of Research & Development in a mental health Trust in England, Genevieve has spent many years working across the traditional NHS boundaries to develop research portfolios in mental health and learning disabilities for the NIHR. She is an experienced trial manager, Principal Investigator for the NIHR portfolio, and holds two MScs, in Public Health and most recently from the NHS Leadership Academy. She is currently undertaking her Doctorate studies in Social and Public Policy at Cardiff University.
Research interests: COVID-19, health inequalities, ACEs, mental health and wellbeing, patient and public involvement, communities and voluntary sector.
Richard 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, he 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, Richard 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”.