Team & Clinical Advisors

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.



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