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.


Rebecca Winterborn

Rebecca is a Consultant Vascular surgeon and is proud to have been involved in the development of the Bristol Bath and Weston Vascular Network. The success of the service transformation was recognised by being shortlisted in 2017 for the BMJ Award for the Best Surgical Team.

Since 2018 she has been clinical lead for the NBT Perform Academy. The Perform approach coaches simple tools, supporting individuals and teams to identify, develop and   implement their change ideas. In 2018-2020, the approach was instrumental in improving patient flow. In 2019, we were awarded the HSJ Partnership Awards for Best Clinical Service and Treatment Pathway Transformation Project and were ‘highly commended’ in the HSJ Top Partnership award.

Rebecca is Clinical Lead for the NBT Hospital at Home service. Developing the service to deliver the Covid Virtual Ward across BNSSG and expanding to care for patients on elective pathways.

At the West if England AHSN she will be working on wellbeing in care homes and the evidence repository amongst other projects.

By listening, engaging, sharing knowledge, embracing innovation and technology, showing vulnerability and courage, she aspires to deliver and sustain patient and staff focused transformation leading to safer patient care across our networks.

Rebecca is a wife and mother and embraces her creative side as a singer/songwriter/musician and keen dancer.

Rachael Bunnett

I am a GP in Gloucestershire. I worked as a partner in a practice for over 15 years, before moving to a portfolio career. I have worked in roles for the Royal College of GPs, Clinical Commissioning Group, Training Hub & have sat on the LMC. Working as a locum GP has given me a good knowledge & understanding of the differences that exist between practices.

I am particularly interested in Cardiovascular health & Prevention, also Mental Health.

Febin Basheer

Febin is a GP and a Primary Care clinical lead at West of England AHSN.

She is passionate about creating positive, impactful outcomes, streamlining pathways for safer patient-centred care through collaborative working and sustainable innovative approaches.

She has a broad range of experience in working with numerous service and system transformation programmes and digital platforms.  She is currently involved in AHSN projects such as care homes programme, electronic repeat dispensing project and LD steering group. Her areas of special interest are mental health, learning disability, clinical genomics, digital sustainability and innovation.


I love working at AHSN as it allows me to be part of an unique blend of people and projects, bringing their own amazing perspectives and experiences to a single platform!

Danielle Eddy

Dani is currently a paediatric registrar at the Royal Gloucester Hospital, Gloucester. Alongside paediatrics, she is passionate about quality improvement, medical leadership and empowering the junior doctor workforce. She has previously worked as a quality improvement fellow in the Severn Deanery and most recently worked as a National Medical Directors Clinical Fellow at Public Health England, London during the outbreak of the COVID—19 pandemic. 


She is absolutely delighted to be joining the AHSN team and is looking forward to working with the Network in the roll-out of a standardised observation chart for paediatrics as well as looking to see how we can involve our junior doctor colleagues further in improving patient safety. 


She is the proud owner of a beautiful cocker spaniel puppy and enjoys everything outdoors from walking and running to climbing. 

Saffron Reavley

Saffron joined the West of England AHSN in January 2021 as a Primary Care Clinical Lead.

She has been a GP in Bristol for 20 years and has a wide variety of interests, in particular dermatology, mental health and the care of older people. Her other roles include Clinical Triager for BNSSG CCG Referral Service, N&W Bristol Locality Frailty Lead and Section 12 approved doctor (assisting in assessments under the Mental Health Act).

During the pandemic, Saffron has also worked for the Coronavirus Clinical Assessment Service (NHS 111) providing telephone support to patients with Covid19.

Charlotte Hallett

Charlotte works as a Project Support Officer on RUPs and ITPs, the Academy, Long Term Conditions and Cardiovascular Disease/Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

Charlotte has a background in education and had a career as a primary school teacher for nine years before joining the West of England AHSN.  She is passionate about lifelong learning and the opportunities for development and growth this brings people.

Professor Peter Brindle

Peter is a practicing General Practitioner and Medical Director at BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group where he has particular responsibility for the BNSSG Value Based Care programme, urgent care, medicines optimisation, musculo-skeletal services, commissioning policies, research, cancer services and population health management.  Peter has previously held roles with the NIHR Clinical Research Network, CLAHRC West and the West of England AHSN and been a member of the NIHR Advisory Board. He also Chairs the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research programme prioritisation committee and sits on the programme’s Funding Committee.

John Macleod

John Macleod is Professor in Clinical Epidemiology and Primary Care and a practising GP. He leads research on the causes of health inequality, particularly amongst younger people. Since 2017 he has been co-lead of CAPC and for Bristol in the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. He is director of NIHR ARCWest, lead for Health Informatics in Bristol NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), and national lead for Applied Health Informatics across all the NIHR ARCs.