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I work with the Sussex Mental Health Collaborative, currently focused on mental health and wellbeing support for health and social care staff in response to the pandemic, but also supporting the expansion of IAPT services in response to the NHS Long Term Plan.

Previously, I worked within Sussex Local Maternity System responding to the National Maternity Review of 2016 and focusing on service user engagement/ Maternity Voice Partnerships, Perinatal Mental Health and Personalised Care and Support Planning.

Prior to that I lived in the West Midlands and worked as Project Manager in the Transformation Team at Birmingham Women & Children's NHS Foundation Trust working on a range of projects, including maximising the effective use of available capacity across the whole 'system' through the development of integrated clinical networks and addressing complex health and care needs more efficiently in partnership with other organisations, e.g. housing adaptations/ new housing and provision of neuro-rehabilitation services. I also worked with my colleagues to deliver training in quality improvement and support staff with delivering smaller scale improvement projects that they have identified in their immediate working environments.

Prior to that, I worked at the West Midlands Clinical Network (NHS England) for almost four years and at the Birmingham, Sandwell & Solihull Cardiac & Stroke Network prior to that, having joined the NHS in September 2008. I worked in the areas of Atrial Fibrillation (Stroke prevention) at the Clinical Network, as well as working on projects around increasing kidney transplantation and detecting Chronic Kidney Disease. During this time I completed a MSc in Healthcare Leadership with the NHS Leadership Academy (the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme) and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP). At the Cardiac & Stroke Network, I helped design, deliver and evaluate training programmes in Stroke and Heart Failure and completed training in Prince2.

I came to the NHS having worked in the Church of England (Children's Worker) and in the private sector (Human Resources - I am a CIPD Member) so my experience is very varied!

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