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Who's who in the north west

HEE is part of the NHS, and we work with partners to plan, recruit, educate and train the health workforce. Our work is in partnership with NHS England & Improvement and the NHS North West Leadership Academy to deliver the North West People Programme. This work aligns to the commitment of the ‘We are the NHS: People Plan’ 

Here you can meet the senior team who drive this for the north west, supported by excellent colleagues. 

Chris provide overall leadership on HEE’s programmes in the north west and on the development of future strategies. He represents HEE at forums and groups that include NHSE/I’s Regional Leadership Group, the Regional People Leadership Group, the North West People Programme and the North West People Board. Chris operates as the HEE lead for executive teams within Integrated Care Systems and provides senior stakeholder liaison to higher education institutions, NHS Trusts, academic health science networks, staff partnership forums.

Chris is also part of the wider HEE senior team.

Jane leads on postgraduate medical, dental and physician associates’ education and training, and workforce planning in the north west. Alongside this she manages the regional education faculty including the governance and accountability for quality, including patient safety, learning environments and programmes. Jane is the main lead for liaising with regulators such as the Care Quality Commission and is the responsible officer for the General Medical Council’s with responsibility for around 7,000 doctors. Jane is the point of contact for undergraduate medical and dental education through the Regional Medical School Liaison Committee and she operates as HEE’s revalidation lead and medical appraiser for responsible officers.

Andrea leads on education and training programmes relating to nursing and midwifery, public health, allied health professions, physician associates and advanced practice. She represents HEE at forums and groups, including the Regional People Leadership Group and the North West People Board. Supported by her team Andrea has a  delivery targets to increasing the number of nurses in the north west. She is also the main HEE lead on maternity workforce transformation and the development of nursing associates in the region.

Alex leads on HEE’s commissioning programme in the north west, including establishing new professional roles and advising on the NHS Education Funding Guide. He also leads on education contracts with universities and medical schools, this includes education contract payments, and the development and growth of placements. Alex is the main contact with higher education institutes, including on the national commissioning function. Internally Alex provides senior leadership on HEE’s education and training programmes relating to mental health, healthcare science, cancer and diagnostics and leads on the initiative to increase the number of apprenticeships within the healthcare economy and widen participation on programmes.

Raquel leads on the Advancing HEE’s Equality And Diversity (AHEAD) programme in the north west. She is passionate about developing an internal focussed diversity and inclusion strategy and action plan. Raquel provides equality, diversity and inclusion education and evidence-based initiatives in the region and advises and coaches on diverse and inclusive practice throughout the employee cycle; including recruitment and selection, talent development and succession planning.

Katy provides overall leadership on HEE’s regional performance targets, KPIs and programmes. Katy is responsible for managing the regional director dashboard, including finance and performance and represents HEE on workforce transformation in the North West People Programme, and on workforce and training in the north west Covid vaccination programme. She provides overall leadership on system workforce planning and Primary Care Training Hubs. Katy leads and supports HEE’s Integrated Care Systems teams and oversees the HEE workforce development budget and investment programme.

Derek leads on key workforce planning, intelligence and supply issues across the north west and north east and Yorkshire regions. He is responsible for leading the intelligence team on analysing, modelling and reporting on data from a range of systems and data sets that include the Trainee Information System that holds data on all postgraduate medical and dental trainees, higher education institutes, and data from the Electronic Staff Record, NHS Digital and Skills for Care.

Michelle leads all HEE teams who support the Greater Manchester Integrated Care System (ICS) and provides strategic leadership to identify workforce priorities and implement workable solutions across supply, upskilling, new roles, ways of working and leadership. Michelle also provides strategic leadership across workforce transformation, education transformation and workforce planning for the Primary Care Training Hubs, Social Care and PIVO (Private Independent Voluntary Organisations) workforce development. As a transformation lead Michelle oversees the effective utilisation of the workforce development upskilling investment across the ICS including primary care workforce and is accountable for the continuing professional development (CPD) utilisation and spend in Primary Care.

Helen leads on embedding HEE’s National Education and Training Survey in the north west. She monitors clinical placements across the region and carries out quality interventions in areas of highest risk. Helen and her team work on the General Medical Council’s new self-assessment questionnaire as part of their reviewed quality assurance process and escalate highest areas of risk in HEE to regulators and other relevant bodies.

Jill supports the operations of the regional director’s office and corporate affairs. She provides operational management of administrative services to the HEE regional senior management team and oversees the Best Place to Work programme which is aimed at improving team culture. Jill is the link for regional work with other enabling functions such as HR, comms, governance, IT and estates.

Jean is deputy to Andrea Boland.

Naomi McVey is the strategic lead for allied health professions (support workers, students, and qualified practitioners), physician associates (post qualification) and anaesthesia associates (pre and post qualification) in the north west, leading a multiprofessional team of clinical leads and overseeing targeted support and investment on workforce supply and transformation across these professions; working collaboratively with NHS England and Improvement, HEE colleagues, integrated care systems, education providers and employers. She chairs the North West AHP Supply and Transformation Board. Naomi is also national lead for the allied health professions support workforce programme, which aims to reform and transform the way we recruit, train, and retain AHP support workers.   

Annabella leads on HEE’s Advanced Practice programme and responsibility for the strategic and operational development of the Faculty for Advancing Practice in the north west. She provides strategic leadership related to advanced practitioners as part of workforce transformation, workforce planning and the development of advanced practitioners in the region and represents the region at national forums and groups involving advanced practice. She is also the conduit between the Centre for Advancing Practice and national teams to coordinate all advanced practice activity. 

Julie leads all HEE teams who support the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System (ICS) and provides strategic leadership to identify workforce priorities and implement workable solutions across supply, upskilling, new roles, ways of working and leadership. Julie also provides strategic leadership across workforce transformation, education transformation and workforce planning for the Primary Care Training Hubs, Social Care and PIVO (Private Independent Voluntary Organisations) workforce development. As a transformation lead Julie oversees the effective utilisation of the workforce development upskilling investment across the ICS including primary care workforce and is accountable for the continuing professional development (CPD) utilisation and spend in Primary Care. 

Helen leads on the implementation of the endoscopy and imaging academies in the north west for the national cancer and diagnostics team here at HEE.  She is the genomics workforce lead for the region, working to implement the new genomic medicine service in collaboration with the genomic medicine service alliance team and the national NHSE/I Genomics Unit and HEE Genomics Education Programme.  Also in Helen's remit is to support the national Cancer and Diagnostics Programme for Endoscopy and Imaging and wider Diagnostics workforce. 

Clare is our Psychological Professions Clinical Workforce Lead. She leads the north west Psychological Professions Network (PPN NW) and provides clinical workforce intelligence and expertise to the mental health programme. She enables expansion of psychological professions workforce in support of the NHS LPT objectives and promotes multi-professional collaboration to develop psychological approaches across health & care. 

Paul is the Deputy Postgraduate Dean for the North West School of Foundation Training and Physician Associates. He is the lead for the combined School of Medical Foundation training and Physician Associates, the only such combined School of its kind. The team are responsible for a large foundation school, numerous mental health trusts and two hundred general practices. The team liaise with five, soon to be six medical Schools in the region and work closely with HEE workforce team around physician associate initiative and five universities focusing on physician associates courses. 

Paul is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Academy of Medical Educators, where he is a council member.  He is also vice chair and academic lead for the national School Directors committee of UKFPO. 

Mohan's remit includes:

Provides Clinical Leadership and support the HEE ICS facing team on Workforce and Education  

Provides Strategic Clinical Leadership in Workforce planning, Workforce Transformation and Educational Transformation 

Provide Leadership and support in Training Hub Governance, Networks and enable PCN workforce development 

Provides Strategic Leadership in HEE multi-professional Quality Framework 

Portfolios include Learning Environment standards, Primary Care Workforce Strategy, Digital Competency Strategy and Faculty development  

Jane has strategic responsibility and accountability for the North West Medical Speciality Recruitment Team.  She is a member of the Training Programme Management (TPM) Senior Leadership Team. Jane also has national and regional ownership and responsibility for the delivery of postgraduate medical and dental speciality training recruitment. 

Jacqui leads, manages and supports the operations of the North West School of Foundation Training and Physician Associates to deliver high quality foundation training programmes and qualified physician associates.  This includes supporting the transition of final year medical students through the national recruitment process into their postgraduate training pathways, overseeing the annual ARCP process and recommendation to the GMC of Full Registration at the end of F1. Acting as a role model through compassionate leadership to enable the team to take ownership of their operational workstreams and reach their potential.  

Jacqui is also responsible for the budget management, financial planning and forecasting for both foundation training and physician associates. Liaising closely with the north west network of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) PA Faculty Leads and Foundation Programme Directors/Administrators to support the local delivery of training programmes and educator development. 

Gemma has strategic and operational management of General Practice (GP) School Team supporting 2000 trainees and over 1000 educators, across 22 programmes. It is in Gemma's remit to deliver targets in relation to increasing the number of GP trainees in the north west and reform of GP training.  She also works with stakeholders across the north west to develop initiatives to improve retention of GP trainees and supports the delivery of a multi-professional School of Primary Care to develop the future primary care workforce. 

Sarah provides contract management for the North West Lead Employer Service contract, with the service covering over 7,000 trainees, with an overall annual budget of circa £2.5m. Sarah and her team ensure and maintain high level engagement with key stakeholders across the north west. They lead on process and policy development/implementation on issues relating to the trainee employment and work closely with training programme management to lead the delivery of the new arrangements, working towards sustainable best practice across a number of work streams. 

Sarah also works with internal colleagues and stakeholders across the NHS in the region, including medical staffing managers  and medical education managers, to manage and provide analysis, ensuring the effective monitoring of the Lead Employer Service contract. 

Jane leads the North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation and oversees development and delivery of the school’s annual operational plan.  She is responsible for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician and foundation trainee pharmacist training across the north west and north east and Yorkshire regions.  Jane also oversees the implementation of the new initial education and training standards for pharmacists across the north. 

Jane leads post-registration education and development for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider workforce in areas where medicines are prescribed or administered. Jane acts as our lead for regional and ICS pharmacy workforce and leadership groups. 

Libby and her team commission programmes with HEIs ensuring the correct contracts are in place and that we receive the right information to fund the education providers. The team manages and pays placement tariff which supports clinical pre-registration learners in practice, and negotiate intake numbers to meet system need, and also salary support where applicable. We also put in place and manage the contracts that cover our work area with placement, salary supported learners, trusts and education providers.

Dan leads on all matters relating to finance in both the north west and north east and Yorkshire regions. He is responsible for financial planning and budgeting, control systems, financial reporting and forecasting, and financial strategy. Dan is the lead on the national workforce development programme team that supports financial management business partner teams in all HEE regions and is the key link with all national teams to review and promote standardisations. 

Steve provides strategic leadership to the delivery of rrganisational development in the north west.  He is also responsible for managing estates and facilities processes in the north west ensuring offices are appropriate and prepared for use.  Steve is the lead for the colleague health and wellbeing programme and steering group and leads the Regional Business Management Team who provide support to senior leaders and teams across the region.

Jules leads, manages and supports the regional Training Programme Management team to deliver HEE’s Training Programme Management function. This includes delivering postgraduate medical and dental education and training, and overseeing the delivery of assessments (Annual Review of Competence Progression), appeals, rotations, revalidation and recruitment. Jules and her team carry out risk assessments, investment planning and budgetary management for the function. They support around 7,500 doctors, dentists and physician associates in training. They develop trainers, educational supervisors and educational leaders, and deliver our achievements to meet the General Medical Council standards for training and oversee the regional Lead Employer contract. Jules and her team liaise with key stakeholders, including lead employers, heads of schools, medical education managers and medical staffing managers. 

Michael has strategic oversight and leadership of the operational management of dental, GP & primary care and learner faculty support and development functions. This includes the development and management of the performance and quality assurance processes aligned to educational training which are required to ensure an effective strategy for all postgraduate medical and dental education. 

Michael is also operational lead for enhancing generalist skills and training programme management education Covid recovery.  He supports Jules Woodcock in delivering of region wide or national programmes where the north west is the designated lead and has responsibility to support the director, postgraduate dean, head of function, and senior educator team to achieve regional and mandate requirements. 

Ismaeel is responsible for everything relating to communications and stakeholder engagement throughout the north west and the north east and Yorkshire regions. He leads on developing our external communication channels and improving relationships with partner health and care organisations, learners, trainees and patients. He also leads on setting the strategic direction for communications and engagement, as well as influencing, liaising with and advising senior colleagues on the regional SMT, programme colleagues and the wider organisation to achieve this.