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Introducing new faces at the SCN

22nd August 2018

It’s always good to put a face to a name and we’re pleased to introduce you to the new members who’ve recently joined our teams. These include our Diabetes, Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health, and Mental Health and Dementia teams, as well as a new Data Analyst.

Together they bring a wealth of experience to support our work improving quality and equity of care and health outcomes across the North West Coast.

Diabetes Network

Pauline_Whitby.jpgPauline Whitby, Quality Improvement Project Manager – National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP), Cheshire and Merseyside

Pauline’s role is to work closely with CCGs individually and collectively to ensure the NHS National Diabetes Prevention Programme works well across the STP.

She has worked in the NHS for almost 18 years. Most recently, she was involved in the Living with and Beyond Cancer Project, supporting the implementation and embedding of the recovery package into the routine work of Bolton health care professionals to improve outcomes for those living with and beyond cancer.

Prior to that, she worked with North West Boroughs Mental Health Team delivering a comprehensive annual health assessment to service users on the Mental Health Register. She was also a wellbeing practitioner in Knowsley for seven years, supporting people to make positive, sustainable lifestyle changes around weight, physical activity and other areas to improve their health and wellbeing and reduce their risk of developing long term conditions like Type 2 Diabetes.

Martyn_Buckley_sml.jpgMartyn Buckley, Quality Improvement Project Manager

Martyn is supporting the Diabetes Network workstream on Treatment and Care, NDPP and Digital projects across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

He was previously Quality and Performance Support Officer at Midlands and Lancashire CSU, where he managed the quality assurance of community commissioned contracts, such as the Audiology and Deep Vein Thrombosis services at Blackburn with Darwen CCG.

Maternity & Perinatal Mental Health Network

Melanie_Farman_sml.jpgMelanie Farman, Quality Improvement Lead

Melanie has joined us on secondment and is covering for Beth Luxmoore who is currently on maternity leave. She will be supporting our Perinatal Mental Health priorities, in particular implementing and embedding multi-professional perinatal mental health pathways and, through our perinatal mental health sub-groups, improving engagement across all our system partners.

Before joining us, Melanie was Specialist Health Visitor for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Many of you will know Melanie as she was already an active member of one of our perinatal mental health sub-groups, as well as part of the team delivering our specialist training: Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Awareness Training for midwives and Perinatal and Infant Mental Health training for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workers.

Alex_Severns_new.jpgAlex Severns, Quality Improvement Project Manager

Alex supports the network’s activities around maternity safety, reducing stillbirth and severe birth injuries. Given the link with Better Births, she is currently seconded three days a week to the Lancashire and South Cumbria Better Births Team. She is currently setting up review panels for each trust, including external representation, to review cases using the new Perinatal Mortality Review Tool, along with a process to share lessons learned from the reviews regionally and nationally.

Alex was previously Key Account and Service Delivery Manager at the National Childbirth Trust, where she set up and ran commissioned services around parenting support including antenatal education, breastfeeding and postnatal support. One service, commissioned by Lancashire County Council, ensures all women in East Lancashire are phoned and given useful information and support within 48 hours of discharge. They are also offered a home visit from a paid and accredited breastfeeding peer supporter within three days to six weeks post birth, while the postnatal ward has a team of trained volunteer peer supporters offering 7 day a week coverage.

Alex chaired the East Lancashire Maternity Service Liaison Committee for five years, is a qualified and licensed antenatal educator and has been volunteering with the NCT for 15 years.

Mental Health and Dementia Network

Laura_Fargher_sml.jpgLaura Fargher, Quality Improvement Lead

Laura’s role covers Lancashire and South Cumbria, one of the first areas to become an Integrated Care System (ICS). Her role is embedded in the ICS mental health team which supports delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. A key element of her role is working with CCGs and Local Authorities to support integration of commissioning and delivery of mental health services.

In her previous role, Laura was the Engagement Lead for the National Diabetes Audit, working with NHS providers, commissioners and clinicians to drive improvements in diabetes care. She has also previously worked in adult mental health as a counsellor in both the NHS and voluntary sector.

Karen_Maughan_sml.jpgKaren Maughan Quality Improvement Projects Manager

Karen is with us on a fixed term contract until 31st March 2019. A primary area of her work will be scoping out debt services and identifying gaps, along with recommendations, as part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria suicide prevention work. She will also be leading on Patient Public Involvement within the team, which she is highly passionate about.

Before joining us, Karen was commissioning manager for older people at Central Manchester CCG. She worked closely with clinicians and other commissioners to ensure commissioned services met the needs of the population, were value for money and founded in evidence-based practice. A key element of her work was ensuring patients’ and carers’ views were at the heart of commissioned services.

Data team

Lynda_Howard_new.jpgLyn Howard, Data Analyst

Lyn is working with Jason Gladwin to maintain and expand the Business Intelligence toolkits and as part of the Virtual Analytics team to innovate new solutions.

She was previously a small business owner which she ran while home educating her three children up to their GCSEs. Her business imported and distributed baby products including the Ergo Baby Carrier, which they introduced to the UK market. Running a small business,  she developed a wide range of skills from website development, sales forecasting and marketing to contributing to Janey Lee Grace’s book for new parents.

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