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Meet the network team

Bernadette_Hurst_cropped.jpgBernadette Hurst, Senior Clinical Network Manager


Bernadette has worked in the NHS for nearly five years. Initially, she joined the North West Strategic Health Authority to lead the development and delivery of a large scale change programme across the North West region, supporting the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care reforms and the transition of Public Health into Local Government.

In her current role, Bernadette is a member of the senior management team for the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks and Senate. Here she deputises for the Associate Director, as well as leading on ... read more

Abdul_Hamied2.jpgAbdul Hamied, Quality Improvement Programme Manager - Mental Health, Dementia & CAMHS


Abdul joined the SCN from NHS England’s Integrated Care Pioneers Support team where he was supporting health & care transformation in Cornwall, Kent, South Devon & Torbay and Staffordshire & Stoke Pioneers, as well as supporting Workforce Re-design.

Over the past 20 years Abdul has worked in social, economic and area-based transformation roles in Local Government and the voluntary sector. For the last eight years, whilst at Rochdale MBC, he led various multi-agency partnership and area-based transformation programmes focused on step-change in local social and economic conditions, improving mainstream services and reducing inequalities, as well as leading on the work of the Local Strategic Partnership. He was also a Local Improvement Advisor, part of a CLG improvement programme, supporting improvement in a range of service areas (community empowerment, equalities, performance management and economic development) working closely with local authorities and LSP’s.

Abdul has also served as a Non-Executive Director on a local PCT Board, and various Housing Association Boards and Learning & Skills Councils.

Louise_Headshot.jpgLouise Thomas, Quality Improvement Lead: Mental Health & Dementia


Louise has worked for local authorities across the North East and North West over the past 14 years. During the past seven years she was a senior manager at Knowsley Council in the community safety service, with strategic responsibility for reducing reoffending and managing the drug intervention programme. There she designed strategies, policies and processes to reduce reoffending and ensure a quality service.

Louise has led various multi-agency partnerships and area-based transformation programmes to improve local communities and people’s lives by making them feel safer, preventing the cycle of reoffending, improving mainstream services and reducing inequalities, as well as leading on the work of the community safety partnership. She has designed service specifications, commissioned and monitored new services in Knowsley.

Louise has strong project and programme management skills and is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner project manager. She is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives and committed to achieving the best results for clinicians, patients and the public, ensuring that a high quality and responsive service is delivered.

Laura_Strawson_headshot.jpgLaura Strawson, Quality Improvement Lead: CAMHS


Before joining the SCN as quality improvement lead with the Children, Young People’s and Maternity Network team in Dec 2013, Laura had worked across a number of NHS organisations for over 12 years. Her experience has ranged from clinical audit, quality assurance, complaints management and NICE assurance for both a community health and acute mental health trust.

Laura’s current priority within the network is leading the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services work programme working on a number of projects addressing eating disorder services, implementation of the Thrive model, data, health and justice and mental health in schools.

Jayne Price, Quality Improvement Lead: Adult Mental Health


Jayne has worked for the NHS since 2009 in Performance, Analytical and Project Management positions, initially with Halton and St Helens PCT, prior to this organisation being merged with other local PCTs to form NHS Merseyside. Following PCTs being dis-established, Jayne worked for NHS England (Cheshire and Merseyside Area Team) for nine months, before joining the SCN in January 2014 as a Quality Improvement Lead – Data.

Jayne has recently been seconded to Project Management roles within the SCN (within both the Maternity Network and Mental Health Network).  She gained a BA(Hons) in Business Administration and Management in 2012, and has recently commenced an MSC in Health Informatics (Part Time Distance Learning) at Sheffield University.