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Introducing new team members at NWC SCN

13th October 2016

We are delighted to welcome and introduce you to three new members of the North West Coast SCN team: Mike Mayers our new senior quality improvement lead for Cancer, Diabetes, and Urgent and Emergency Care, Louise Thomas who joins on a 12 month secondment within the Mental Health work stream, and Beth Luxmoore who has recently joined our Maternity & Perinatal Mental Health team.

Congratulations also to two other team members following their recent marriages: Laura Strawson (was Jackson) in our children and young people’s Mental Health team and Melanie Saunders (was Fowler) in the Diabetes team.

Mike_Headshot.jpgMike Mayers -

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.

Mike said: “I’m delighted to join the SCN as a senior leader within the Cancer, Diabetes, and Urgent and Emergency Care networks. My immediate priority will be to develop the cancer and diabetes business plans into practical work programmes and ensure suitable PMO (Project Management Office) documentation. This will provide a sound mechanism for monitoring and reviewing our progress against targets and provide a clear audit trail through projects.”

Louise_Headshot.jpgLouise Thomas -

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. She is married and mother to three young boys.

Louise said: “I’m really pleased to come on board as a dedicated member of the mental health team. In my role I’ll be supporting the improvement framework for crisis care ensuring 24/7 community based mental health response using community resolution home treatment teams. My other immediate priorities include working to reduce out of area treatments for non-specialist inpatient mental health care and supporting local multi agency plans to reduce the number of suicides by 10% per year, ensuring that plans are in place by 2017.”

Beth_Luxmoore_headshot.jpgBeth Luxmore  

Beth joined the SCN as quality improvement lead with the Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health networks in September 2016. Her current priorities include the development of a regional guidance document around risk categorisation in pregnancy, mapping the provision of perinatal mental health services and implementing quality improvement strategies to reduce stillbirth. 

Beth has worked in project management roles across a variety of sectors including construction, academia and health and social care. In 2013 she completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering before joining Alzheimer’s Society where she worked on service development projects for three years, focusing on user involvement and non-pharmaceutical approaches to dementia care.

In her spare time Beth enjoys keeping active in the great outdoors and snowboarding and scuba diving when on holiday.

Laura Strawson - Quality Improvement Lead, CYP mental health


Melanie Saunders - Quality Improvement Lead, Diabetes


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