Improvement Leader Fellowship 2018

Adeola Adeleke

Adeola is an Equalities and Engagement Lead for Harrow CCG. Her Master’s degree in Leadership in Health Service Management MSc and her expertise for delivering targeted health messages to patients/service users in seldom heard communities, while maintaining a sustainable partnership with key stakeholders to promote self-empowerment and management of long-term conditions such as Diabetes and Dementia etc. 

She specialises in equalities and engagement work with emerging seldom-heard communities and has led in several projects to reduce health inequalities for people from deprived communities, in Hounslow and Harrow boroughs. 

Her fellowship with CLAHRC is looking  at how to develop new innovative idea around co design and pathways to ensure  healthcare professionals to have the ‘right conversation through shared decision making tools, effective engagement and equalities training, while keeping patient choice at the forefront’.

Emma Balfe

Emma is the Head of Integrated Education Jameson Division and Project Manager for QI Risk Assessment Project at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. She is responsible for commissioning, designing, delivery and evaluation of all non-medical clinical education and mandatory and statutory education across the London based mental health division.
Emma has previously worked with Michele Draper to introduce several initiatives across the Trust including suicide awareness and response and risk assessment and care planning training.   Her project with the NIHR CLAHRC NWL is around predicting high bed occupancy rates and introducing an early escalation policy to expedite safe discharge.

Brent Bartholomew

Brent is a Consultant in the Acute Assessment Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is the Service Lead for Ambulatory Care at the Chelsea site. His project with the NIHR CLAHRC NWL is to improve patient experience and flow during ambulatory care.

Lauren Berry

Lauren is the Lead Nurse for Specialist Supportive and Palliative Care at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.  She has previously worked within community palliative care and hospice settings where she has developed a special interest in non-cancer palliative care. This resulted in the move to a tertiary cardio-thoracic setting in 2013, where Lauren has been working on integrating palliative care and service development.  
Her experience of working with patients that have advanced progress lung conditions, has resulted in a project with interstitial lung disease patients, supported by the fellowship. Lauren aims to work alongside patients, developing quality of life and information initiatives.

Jonathan Breeze

Jonathan is an anaesthetic registrar in the Imperial School of Anaesthesia who has just completed an advanced fellowship in paediatric anaesthesia at Great Ormond Street. Previous QI projects have included redesigning rotas to improve training opportunities for anaesthetic SHO’s and a referral pathway into secondary care to facilitate early senior clinical review for paediatric patients.
He will use his CLAHRC fellowship to focus on mitigating the psychological effects of elective hospital admission on children and parents using e-resources and experience based co-design principles.

Joelle Chalmer

Joelle is a physiotherapist and the Clinical Lead in hand therapy at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.  She trained in Australia, at Curtin University of Technology and moved to the UK in 2007. Since then she has worked at a number of hospitals across London.  During this time she has contributed to further the field of hand therapy as Chair of the British Association of Hand Therapists (2011-2015) and through her involvement in research and education. She has a particular interest in managing the hand and upper limb after trauma and has recently worked with CLAHRC-NWL on the implementation of a virtual fracture clinic and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. 
Joelle’s project is focused on the implementation of a 2-stop carpal tunnel clinic to reduce time to and variation in treatment for people living in North West London with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This will include a multi-disciplinary and patient / public approach to service design and delivery.

Michelle Draper

Michelle is an RMN and work as Clinical Safety Manager in the Safety Team, for CNWL NHS Foundation Trust.  She is passionate about improving patient safety and am involved in a range of work including suicide prevention. Being part of the CLAHRC NWL Improvement Leader Fellowship Programme is a great opportunity for further professional development, to build on QI and leadership skills and knowledge and to work with like-minded healthcare professionals who are committed to making changes to enhance patient care and experience.

Linda Freeman

Linda is a clinical practice educator and specialist nurse at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this role Linda has worked in variety of clinical and management roles across primary, secondary, tertiary and hospice settings; both in London and Berkshire East. Her specialist backgrounds are in surgery, oncology, district nursing and specialist palliative care. Linda is currently studying MSc Improvement Science at UWL.
For Linda, people (patients) have always been the focus and getting it right for them, by them; especially for those living with a life limiting condition. A key area for people is planning for their future care, to be given the opportunity to think about, talk about and write down their wishes, preferences and priorities for their care, including how they would like to be cared for towards the end of their life. Anything that is important to them can be included, no matter how insignificant it may appear. 

Linda is part of the duo NIHR CLAHRC improvement leader fellowship with Lauren Berry. The project seeks to improve the experience of patients with advance respiratory conditions and through collaboration will explore their needs and what is important to them.

Ciara Hankins

Ciara’s background is in Optometry, graduating from Cardiff University in 2014. Ciara first became involved in patient safety when she moved to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, which she has been a part of since its inception in 2017. Ciara’s work identifies safety risks in NHS care, aiming to support investigations that develop system-wide learning and improvements. Her Fellowship project will focus on improving healthcare safety investigations by involving patients and families, allowing their knowledge of safety incidents to aid understanding and to improve patient and family experiences of investigations.

Sophia Kotzamanis

Sophia is a patient advocate and is currentl;y working with the BUDS (Better Use of Data to improve parent Satisfaction) team, which is a NIHR CLAHRC NWL supported improvement project. The aim of her fellowship project is to measure and demonstrate the benefits of having a parent with personal experience of neonatal care in a permanent (full or part time) “parent support role” on the neonatal unit.
Prior to her involvement with the BUDS team, Sophia volunteered as a parent supporter in conjunction with Bliss (charity supporting parents who have babies that are born early or sick). Her role involved supporting families with babies being cared for in Chelsea and Westminster and West Middlesex hospital’s neonatal units.

Jenny Platt

In my role I support the Trust to improve patient flow in our two hospitals by leading a number of initiatives to reduce patients’ length of stay and enable their timely discharge home.  My project with CLAHRC is focused on the expanded ambulatory care service that the Trust is launching this winter to avoid unnecessary admissions for patients with a range of conditions who can been seen and treated on the same day and return home. The project, working with Brent Bartholomew, will look at optimising the patient experience of this service.
Prior to joining CW, I worked across many areas in the public sector including NHS commissioning, adult social care, and children’s services both at a central government and local authority level.  I am currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Kingston where I support the Masters programme in health management with a particular interest in integrated care and commissioning.

Tara Potier

Tara is an Extended Scope Physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal medicine at the Homerton University Hospital and Physiotherapy Lecturer at Brunel University. She has been qualified for 20 years and has worked in a range of secondary and primary care musculoskeletal settings. Qualified in musculoskeletal Injection Therapy, Independent Prescribing, and a member of the Higher Education Academy.
Tara plans to use her fellowship project to evaluate the value of diagnostic ultrasonography in a community MSK setting, develop clinical guidance for its use and then evaluate the developed guidance, with the aim to improve the use of diagnostic ultrasonography in a MSK setting.

Louisa Shovel

Louisa is an anaesthetist at the Royal Marsden Hospital, in her eighth year of training. She regularly looks after older and frail patients undergoing major surgery and sees the impact it can have, with often slow, complicated recoveries, extended hospital stays, and failure to return to functional baseline. In response, Louisa has developed an interest in frailty and “prehabilitation” – exercise before an operation to improve resilience to the surgery. She previously helped to write the protocol for a prehabilitation study for patients undergoing major vascular surgery, and she initiated the research and planning for a frailty liaison service at the preoperative assessment clinic of a major teaching hospital.   
Louisa will work with Jessica Whibley to create the Marsden ‘MILE’: the Marsden Integrated Lifestyle and Exercise programme. This will be a comprehensive prehabiliation service for patients due to undergo major gynaecological cancer surgery after intensive chemotherapy. The program will consist of exercise, nutrition, mental well-being and help with continence issues. Planning will be collaborative between health professionals and patients. It is hoped that introducing this prehabilitation program will make these patients’ journey through their rigorous cancer treatment pathway more straightforward, both physically and emotionally. 

Jessica Whibley

Jess is a critical care physiotherapist working at the Royal Marsden Hospital. In addition to her work on critical care, she has developed a keen interest in prehabilitation and pre-operative assessment. As a duo, Jess and Louisa aim to improve the prehabilitation service across the preoperative pathway for frail gynaecological cancer patients.