A consultant ophthalmologist, Carrie is a specialty adviser to the Chief Medical Officer & Scottish Government and the clinical co-lead for ophthalmology for Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), the national quality improvement project to reduce unwarranted variation to improve patient care and costs of delivering care.
Carrie is the immediate past Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and a Past President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. She is also an existing trustee of Moorfields Eye Charity and a member of the Council of the University of Exeter. She has published and contributed to several books and over 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals on ophthalmology, system changes in clinical systems and leadership.
Alistair Henderson - vice chair
Alastair Henderson (Vice Chair) has been Chief Executive of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) since January 2010. The Academy is the umbrella organisation for Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in the UK and seeks to support and co-ordinate their work, where applicable, on issues relating to medical education and training, quality of care and wider health service policy.
From 2004 Alastair was Deputy Director/Director of Operations and Joint Director at NHS Employers where he was responsible for a range of workforce issues including, at different times, NHS pay, pensions and employment issues.
Alastair was previously Policy Manager at the NHS Confederation where he had responsibility for workforce and quality issues. He has also worked as a national trade union official for UNISON and in local government.
Phil Baker, now retired, was Commissioned Services Director at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. He has previously held posts at Arthritis Care, including Acting CEO in 2013. His professional history includes 10 years of marketing and promotions in the music industry, 16 years with Oxfam in various roles including Head of Campaigns and Senior Policy Advisor, and then CEO of Voluntary Action Swindon.Phil has been a trustee of 10 different charities, helping to found two of them.
He has been a Foundation Governor of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath; a member of a number of `expert groups’ including two Department of Health QIPP working groups for Long Term Conditions and Enhanced Discharge (Year of Care) Pilot.
He is currently Chair of the Quality Institute for Self-Management Education & Training.
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown OBE
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown is a London GP and has an interest in musculoskeletal conditions, GP education and health policy. She is also the RCGP`s joint Honorary Secretary with responsibility for governance and leading on College consultations, endorsements and representation. She was the former Chair of RCGP London.
Victoria Tzortziou Brown is a board member of the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) where she leads on Integrated Care for adults with complex needs as well as on workforce and research.
In her academic role at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Victoria undertakes research on the design and evaluation of healthcare interventions and their impact on professional behaviour and health inequalities. She is the vice-chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Prioritisation Committee A and sits on the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) Prioritisation Committee. She is a member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has a clinical and research interest in musculoskeletal medicine and education.
Victoria has been one of the founding members of the Health Foundation Q initiative which connects people with improvement expertise across the UK. She is a Senior Founding Fellow and Council member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), a board member of the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) advisory board and a member of the NHS England Allocations Steering Group.
Sarah Dunnett (Treasurer)
Sarah is a chartered accountant, and also holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the ICAEW. She has worked in the public sector for over 25 years, both in the UK and overseas, including as Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Southwark, and more recently as a local authority Corporate Director in South Lincolnshire. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust, where she chairs both the Quality Assurance and Charitable Funds sub-committees of the Board. She is also a Trustee of the Miscarriage Association, a charity with which she has a close personal affiliation. Sarah completed her Masters in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School in 2015.
Michael Chapman - Co-opted expert
Director of Health Informatics, Health Data Research UK Cambridge
Michael is responsible for the health informatics strategy for the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) Cambridge site. HDR UK is the UK’s national institute for health data research and the Cambridge site is a partnership between the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. HDR UK Cambridge is focused on integrating electronic health records with bio-molecular data in large patient and population cohorts.
Michael has over a decade’s experience of using electronic health records for research and quality improvement. Previously, he was Director of Information and Patient Involvement for Cancer Research UK, a role that included leadership of the charity’s intramural research using electronic health records and other datasets. Previously he has held national roles leading work to give patients access to their own health records and to improve access to cancer data and biosamples for researchers and has been a member of a range of health service and government advisory groups.
Susan Masters is the Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice for the Royal College of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 29 years. Susan trained as a Registered General Nurse at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, qualifying in 1991, staying there post-graduation to work on acute wards and the coronary care unit.
Susan later moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital, to become dual trained as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse. Returning to the South West region, Susan studied health visiting at the University of the West of England and, after qualifying, worked as a health visitor for many years in Somerset.
She had many years’ experience in senior leadership roles, including regional roles and as an associate director of nursing and quality in a South West clinical commissioning group before joining the RCN in February 2018 taking up the role of regional director for the South West region. She is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy, gaining an MSc in Senior Leadership.
Gill is the UK Professional Lead for Education (Quality Assurance) at the Royal College of Nursing and is highly passionate about nursing and the delivery of high-quality patient centred care. She is also determined that nurse education and CPD is recognised as vital to safe and effective care and is equally available to the whole of the nursing workforce.
Her role at the RCN is to work with stakeholders to direct the development of professional education standards for nursing that reflect the changing requirements of healthcare provision; and lead and manage the RCN’s framework for professional education, training and career development. This requires taking account of the four country political, policy and regulatory context.
Gill is currently leading on a transformation programme and strengthening the RCN processes around quality assurance and quality improvement. Gill is also an RCN Coach.
Peter is Head of Policy and Research at Future Care Capital (FCC), where he works on health and care data, technology and innovation. His work focuses on how technology can transform care and how technology can be adopted to transform the system for a high quality outcome focused future. He advises government, industry and academia on health and care technology, with a focus on data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Before FCC Peter worked with AI start-ups through acceleration programmes to help them scale their technical and commercial capabilities. He has advised the UK and foreign governments on AI policy, strategy, and ecosystem development. Previously, Peter was a neuroscientist and was awarded his PhD from Imperial College London in 2016. His work focused on neuroimaging, investigating nervous system changes associated with neurological and psychiatric illnesses. He has also built human computer interface technology for clinical research and gaming applications.
Janice Gabriel has over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the National Health Service (NHS) and the last two years have been spent in the independent sector. Her knowledge and skills have been mainly focussed on cancer care, where she has held a number of roles including clinical, managerial, research and teaching. She prides herself in continual professional development to provide optimal care. She has written over 50 published papers/book chapters (mainly related to central venous access for individuals affected by cancer), and also edited three cancer nursing text books. In addition to these publications she has presented papers at conferences, both nationally and internationally, relating to her research interest in vascular access.
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