My career and experience:
After ten years of traveling around the world, I began my career as a nurse eventually specialising in mental health. My appetite for learning took me through a degree in Social Policy and then into the world of healthcare I.T.
I spent the next decade working on clinical systems for American giant Shared Medical Systems, progressing from project manager to Senior Strategic Services Consultant of the US arm of the company, working with leaders of clinical teams in the NHS.
I then returned to work for the NHS, successfully revamping the Information and Technology department at an NHS Trust prior to a trust merger.
A spell in consultancy for a large Cancer Network followed, by leading two multi-organisational projects to identify the most effective information and prescribing systems. These brought clinical teams together to manage a complicated buying system in a much more efficient and cost effective way.
More recently I have led a successful interdisciplinary, multi-organisational prescribing project and the development of a parent held medicines record for children with complex conditions. My Associates and I have also developed, and successfully piloted, ‘patient led clinical medicines reviews’.
All of these projects have received national recognition.
I am a NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre Associate, sharing related information /guidance & learning with a diverse group of NICE Affiliates, and documenting outcomes. I also continue to practice as a mental health clinician, focusing on several areas including mental capacity assessments and medicines management.
In 2015, after a difficult whistleblowing experience, I founded the Turn Up The Volume! movement and speak out for patient safety through transparency, values based leadership and a just culture. (www.tutv.org.uk). We have held two successful national events, bringing together people from all areas in an atmosphere of trust and learning.
Looking for someone who can engage people across boundaries? I’m available to speak at events and as a commentator.
Here’s Steve talking about one of our recent wellbeing projects:
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Revised blog published: 13/12/2018