Team and Clinical Leads 

Miss Elizabeth Audsley

QIL

 

Clare Hillitt

CN Manager for Children & Young People's Mental Health and Maternity

Clare was appointed as the Network Manager in April 2013. Since April 2014 Clare has worked specifically to provide leadership and management to the Children & Young People's Mental Health and Maternity Network to drive improvements in the outcomes and experiences of women, children and their families.

Clare joined the NHS in 1981 and worked in Directorate Manager roles for 26 years in Trusts in Nuneaton, Birmingham and Sheffield.  This included seven years at Birmingham Children’s Hospital managing a range of medical and surgical specialties as well as critical care and radiology and laboratory services.  Clare’s work in Sheffield in Plastic Surgery and Burn services included managing the transfer of paediatric burn services to Sheffield Children’s NHSFT and supporting the establishment and development of the North of England Burn Network.

In 2009, Clare joined the North Trent Network of Cardiac Care as Network Director providing strategic leadership to the Cardiac Network and to the implementation of the National Stroke Strategy and development of North Trent Stroke Services. Clare is based at our Oak House office in Rotherham.

 

Children and Young People's Mental Health

Clare Hillitt

CN Manager for Children & Young People's Mental Health and Maternity

Clare was appointed as a Network Manager April 2013. Since April 2014 Clare has worked specifically to provide leadership and management to the Children’s & Young People's Mental Health and Maternity Clinical Network to drive improvements in the outcomes and experiences of women, children and their families.

Clare joined the NHS in 1981 and worked in Directorate Manager roles for 26 years in Trusts in Nuneaton, Birmingham and Sheffield.  This included seven years at Birmingham Children’s Hospital managing a range of medical and surgical specialties as well as critical care and radiology and laboratory services.  Clare’s work in Sheffield in Plastic Surgery and Burn services included managing the transfer of paediatric burn services to Sheffield Children’s NHSFT and supporting the establishment and development of the North of England Burn Network.

In 2009, Clare joined the North Trent Network of Cardiac Care as Network Director providing strategic leadership to the Cardiac Network and to the implementation of the National Stroke Strategy and development of North Trent Stroke Services. Clare is based at our Oak House office in Rotherham.

 

Laura Whixton

Quality Improvement Manager

Laura joined the Clinical Networks in February 2014 and is working with providers, commissioners, service users and 3rd party organisations to improve children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing across Yorkshire and the Humber. 

Laura’s NHS career started off in Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she gained a range of project management experience being involved in the implementation of Choose and Book as one of the first non-pilot Trusts nationally to make a booking through the new system before moving on to work in Children’s Services focussing on both the administration and medical workforce configuration along with out-patient performance monitoring. Laura is based at our Oak House office in Rotherham.

 

Anne Worrall-Davies

Clinical Advisor

Anne works as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in the CAMH Outreach, and Early Intervention in Psychosis services in Leeds. She has over 25 years' experience of working with young people in community, assertive outreach, early intervention and inpatient settings across Yorkshire and the Humber.  She has combined providing a service with implementing and evaluating innovative change to models of care, in both academic & clinical settings and has written and published in this field. She has written chapters in key textbooks on day services, outreach and inpatient CAMHS. Her previous academic post gave her the opportunity to teach and supervise research in lifespan mental health at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also conducted primary and secondary research in the area of evaluation of innovative CAMHS models with numerous funded projects.

Her recent post in a Tier 4 CAMH inpatient unit allowed her to develop relationships with providers, and local and specialised commissioners across the region, and at a national level, in her role as Senate Representative for Yorkshire and the Humber to the Tier 4 CAMHS Clinical reference Group.  She is a trained peer reviewer and accreditor for Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC) and sits on the QNIC Advisory Group and Accreditation Committee.  She has been involved in developing quality standards for intensive CAMHS, eating disorders, and inpatient CAMH units.

She has an interest in promoting physical health in CYP with mental health disorders, and led on adoption of Lester guidelines in the outreach and inpatient services to ensure young people taking antipsychotics have the best chance of good physical health. She also led with colleagues on incorporating Junior MARSIPAN guidance into local protocols and ensuring that young peoples and families also understand the guidance.

Anne is also parent to an adolescent with moderate learning disability and autism, and hopes that she can bring a measured but nuanced understanding of the lived experience to her professional role.

 

Dr Claire Pearson

Clinical Advisor

I am Dr Claire Pearson and I work as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in a Community CAMHS team in Sheffield. I have worked as the NE Collaborative Clinical Lead for Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological therapies for the last two years and joined as a Clinical Advisor for Yorkshire and Humber in July 2016.

I have worked with Children and Families since I qualified in 1999. I have worked in a range of settings including in- patient settings, paediatrics, sure start (under 5's), child protection and community CAMHS. I have a special interest in attachment theory, trauma work and developmental disorders, although most of my recent training has been around clinical leadership

 

Rob Mayall

CYP MH Local Authority Specialist Advisor

Rob has over 30 years’ experience of providing, managing, developing and improving services for children and young people at an operational, managerial and strategic level. For the past 25 years Rob has led organisational and system change and development, including establishing and developing organisations, designing and implementing systems and processes to secure continuous improvement and managing significant and often fluctuating budgets.

Since 2001 Rob has overseen the development of integrated approaches to the provision of services, initially as Chief Executive of the first Connexions Service in the East Midlands, subsequently as an Assistant Director of Children’s Services and latterly as a DfE Children’s and Learners Strategic Adviser (CLSA)

Since October 2010 Rob has been an independent provider of children’s improvement services, working on national policy activity and with local authorities and other providers of services for children as an independent consultant. Rob is an Associate of a range of organisations including the Local Government Association, the Virtual Staff College, SDSA (East Midlands), and the University of Hull. Rob has also been an Improvement Broker for the National Children’s Improvement Board. Much of his work is in Yorkshire and the Humber where he has worked for several years supporting the development of approaches to children’s services sector led improvement and, in particular, designing and leading regional leadership activity and business managing over 20 peer challenge activities. Rob is a registered Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Reviewer and a qualified Executive Coach and Chair of the North East Lincolnshire Children’s Safeguarding Board and North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

 

Maternity

Lesley White

Quality Improvement Lead - Maternity

 

Dr Sarah Winfield

SCN Clinical Lead for Maternity

Consultant Obstetrician with an interest in Maternal Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.

Sarah works as a Consultant Obstetrician and is based at Leeds General Infirmary. She has a special interest in maternal medicine and runs the Obstetric Cardiac and Renal Service in this tertiary referral centre. Sarah also works with the Diabetes team and is part of the twice weekly Diabetic Antenatal Clinic at St. James’s University Hospital. She sees high risk obstetric patients for pre-pregnancy counselling and participates in the consultant on-call rota at LTHT.

Sarah is the Yorkshire and Humber Senate lead for the NHS England ‘Complex Obstetrics’ Clinical Reference Group (a merger of the previous Fetal Medicine CRG and Specialised Maternity Services CRG), which has been chosen by NHSE as the vanguard for new ‘Collaborative Commissioning’. This will be an interesting challenge, and Sarah is keen to link this with her SCN role to optimise what can be achieved to improve maternity services for women and their families in Yorkshire and Humber.

Sarah comes from Newcastle upon Tyne and completed a degree in Physiology at Leeds University before going to Medical School at Newcastle University, from where she qualified in 1998. She then completed her Obstetric training in the Northern Deanery and was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in 2007, where she became the Maternal Medicine Lead in this Trust. When the opportunity arose to come back to Leeds to work, after having enjoyed living in Yorkshire while at University, Sarah was appointed as a Consultant at LGI and has been in post since January 2011.

When Sarah is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. 

 

Clare Hillitt

CN Manager for Children & Young People's Mental Health and Maternity

Clare was appointed as a Clinical Network Manager in April 2013. Since April 2014 Clare has worked specifically to provide leadership and management to the Children and Young People's Mental Health and Maternity Clinical Network to drive improvements in the outcomes and experiences of women, children and their families.


Clare joined the NHS in 1981 and worked in Directorate Manager roles for 26 years in Trusts in Nuneaton, Birmingham and Sheffield.  This included seven years at Birmingham Children’s Hospital managing a range of medical and surgical specialties as well as critical care and radiology and laboratory services.  Clare’s work in Sheffield in Plastic Surgery and Burn services included managing the transfer of paediatric burn services to Sheffield Children’s NHSFT and supporting the establishment and development of the North of England Burn Network.


In 2009, Clare joined the North Trent Network of Cardiac Care as Network Director providing strategic leadership to the Cardiac Network and to the implementation of the National Stroke Strategy and development of North Trent Stroke Services. Clare is based at our Oak House office in Rotherham.

 

Hilary Farrow

Quality Improvement Manager

Hilary’s role involves collaborative working with commissioners, providers and other stakeholders in the development of maternity services. Her aspiration is to support colleagues to commission and provide a high quality maternity service for the women and families of Yorkshire & the Humber.

Hilary has previously worked in maternity services at York Hospital as a midwife and has experience in all areas of midwifery practice.  Her previous role as a Maternity Risk Manager and Supervisor of Midwives, involved quality assurance, clinical governance and both clinical audit and peer reviews.  As part of this role Hilary chaired the Maternity Clinical Guidelines Group, had a lead part in Maternity CNST standards and linked with other Trusts across Yorkshire & the Humber, ensuring that quality assurance and evidence-based practice was included in policies and procedures.  She was involved in cultivating improvement activities such as developing a local Maternity Dashboard at York Trust, introducing an SBAR communication tool and user experience surveys. Hilary is based at our Quarry House office in Leeds.

 

Anna Downward-Fletcher

Quality Improvement Lead

Anna joined the SCN in September 2014 and will be working with providers, commissioners, service users and 3rd party organisations to improve maternity services across Yorkshire and the Humber.  Anna’s current work programme is focussing on perinatal mental health.

Anna joined the NHS in 2003 working initially on improvement projects and later as a Human Resources Practitioner.  Anna has undertaken a number of improvement projects and project management roles focusing on quality improvement, compliance and governance.  In Anna’s previous role as Quality Improvement Project Manager for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust she lead on achieving NHS Litigation Authority Standards.  Anna has lots of experience of policy development, developing and delivering training packages, developing audit tools and undertaking audits.  Anna also worked in maternity services at Rotherham for 2 years as a Project Manager working alongside obstetricians, midwives and managers to achieve the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) Maternity Clinical Risk Management Standards. Anna is based at our Oak House office in Rotherham.

 

 

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