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Meet the Network Team

Kathy_Collins.jpgKathy Collins, Senior Clinical Network Manager


Kathy has worked for the NHS for over 30 years with a clinical background in nursing and held a number of nurse manager roles in specialist palliative care, gastroenterology and infectious diseases, before moving into general hospital management.  Kathy originally joined the Cancer Clinical Network through the National Cancer Collaborative Service Improvement Programme in 2001 as a Service Improvement Lead and then joined the general management team specialising in palliative and end of life care.

Outside of work, Kathy is actively involved in the local community volunteering as a School Governor, Secretary to the local Parish St Vincent de Paul society conference, is a Eucharistic minister and is a member of her church bereavement support team. Other interests include cooking and home furnishings, singing in the church choir and she is currently studying part time training as a counsellor.

Mike_Headshot.jpgMike Mayers, Quality Improvement Programme Manager


Mike has worked in the NHS for the past seven years in a variety of transformation and redesign roles, improving quality and ways of working. Most recently he worked on the transformation of mental health services in West Lancashire. Before that he was a senior commissioning manager for the North West CSU where he worked on a broad range of improvement projects and reviews for CCGs and providers across Greater Manchester. He was also head of business processes at Stockport CCG where he was involved in redesigning and improving pathways and patient journeys.

Before working in the NHS, Mike worked in the private sector, including several years in business analysis and improvement at AstraZeneca and various operations and procurement roles for manufacturing and service organisations.

Anna_Bass.jpgAnna Bass, Quality Improvement Lead


Anna is a Quality Improvement Lead for Cancer within the Northwest Coast Strategic Clinical Network, having previously worked within Cardiac and Stroke during her 7 year career to date with the Network.  Anna has previously worked in the NHS within Medical Procurement and in the private sector managing health clubs including teaching fitness classes and training clients.  Anna is a graduate of Sports Science, Business management and I.T and has undertaken numerous training courses on Project Management and Service Improvement methodologies.

In her free time Anna enjoys live sport and music and spending time with her friends, daughters and exercising her dogs

Scott Alker, Quality Improvement Lead


Scott currently works as Quality Improvement Lead for Cancer within the Northwest Coast Strategic Clinical Network. Scott is currently assisting the cancer network to establish a Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Alliance along with supporting the implementation of the 96 recommendations outlined in the Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes Strategy 2015-2020. Scott continues to support Be Clear on Cancer campaigns with a drive to promote early awareness and diagnosis of cancer. Scott has previously worked in primary care and the third sector supporting unpaid Carers in a community setting for both the local authority, CCG and a national charity. Scott holds qualifications in Health & Social Care and Project Management. In his spare time Scott enjoys amateur dramatics often appearing on stage in his local area and holds an award for 'North West Best Actor in a Drama' for his part in Zack by Harold Brighouse.

Sarah_Griffiths.jpgSarah Griffiths, Quality Improvement Project Manager


Sarah supports the Cancer Network Site Specific Groups in co-ordinating meetings, education events and working on site specific projects for the 21 tumour sites and also the Lead Nurse and Cancer Managers Advisory Group, across the seven Trusts in the Cheshire and Merseyside Region.

Sarah has worked at the SCN for over 10 years, prior to joining the SCN she worked for a doctors surgery within the administration team.   When not in work Sarah can be found baking cakes or out and about walking with her husband and two children.

Vicki_Wagstaff.jpgVicki Wagstaff, Quality Improvement Project Manager


Vicki is the Network Quality Improvement Coordinator for Cancer and End of Life. Her work in Cancer sees her co-ordinating meetings and education events for 21 biological tumour sites across the four Trusts in the Lancashire & South Cumbria Region. She also supports the Masterclass Series of events that are run in collaboration with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Vicki also co-ordinates and supports the Hospital Transform Group improvement projects, in Palliative & End of Life Care for the Cheshire and Mersey footprint.

Prior to joining the SCN, she worked for the Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership as Project Officer, working on projects around Care Home Management, Dementia Care and CQC Inspection. She has also worked for the University of Manchester as Training & Development Programme Co-ordinator at the Centre for Educational Leadership which entailed designing and delivering leadership training for middle managers throughout educational establishments in the North West (Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Mersey, Lancashire and Cumbria).

Vicki is also a Trained Forensic Scientist, specialising in genetics, sings in a wedding band, is a dance teacher of a children's group, trumpet player and mother to an energetic pre-schooler!!