Find out more about the members of QSAC1 by reading their biographies.

Dr Gita Bhutani


Associate Director for Psychological Professions, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

About Gita

Gita is a consultant clinical psychologist. She has specialised in working with older people and working age adults. She currently works in the Lancashire Traumatic Stress Service, specialising in complex post-traumatic stress.

Her current clinical and research interests include post-traumatic stress and health and well-being approaches, particularly for staff. Gita has developed and delivers a staff well-being training package called Looking After Me Looking After You (LAMLAY). This focuses on cognitive behavioural therapy and positive imagery. It's shown significant improvements in wellbeing in over 100 staff members.

Gita is chair of the Psychological Professions Network North West which supports and promotes psychological approaches and professions. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool University. Gita is a member of the Faculty of Leadership & Management, BPS Division of Clinical Psychology and has contributed to the staff well-being survey and charter.

Prof Umesh Chauhan

Professor in Primary Care Medicine, University of Central Lancashire

About Umesh

Umesh is a GP and Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular and Quality for East Lancashire CCG. He is also Professor in Primary Care at the University of Central Lancashire. Umesh has extensive personal experience of General Practice, and has practised as a GP since 1994 with a sustained commitment to high quality patient centred care in a deprived area of East Lancashire for over 20 years.

Umesh has in parallel developed a career as a researcher and leader that has enabled him to contribute both to the knowledge base of tackling health inequality in primary care and improving quality at a local, regional, national and international level.

Umesh has previous experience of developing National Guidelines for NICE as member of the Guideline Development Group for mental health problems in people with learning disability and Cerebral Palsy in Adults and acted as an Expert Adviser for the Quality Standards Advisory Committee.

Mr Tim Cooper

Director of the Quality Review Service

About Tim

Tim is Director of the Quality Review Service (QRS), part of the NHS available nationally, supporting organisations in improving quality. The QRS is UKAS accredited and is the only NHS organisation accredited as a health inspection body.

Previously he was Head of Hospital Inspection for the Care Quality Commission.

Tim was Director with the National Cancer Action Team and national lead for Radiotherapy.

Tim is a Fellow of the College of Radiographers and an honorary member of the Royal College of Radiologists.

Tim graduated from the University of York with a Masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change. Tim is a member of the Q Community.

Dr Jane Dale MB ChB, FRCP

Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

About Jane

Jane is a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham Medical School. Her special interests include diabetes in pregnancy, diabetes technology and patient safety. She has worked with the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH), the Perinatal Institute and the National Diabetes in Pregnancy Quality Improvement Project to improve standards of care for pregnant women with diabetes.

Jane is a member of the Royal College of Physicians MRCP Part 2 and Specialty Certificate Examination Boards. Her previous roles include Chief Clinical Information Officer for Dudley Group. She is a strong advocate of developing robust processes to support clinicians to deliver consistently high standards of care, and embracing the potential of new technology.

Mr Phillip Dick

Psychiatric Liaison Team Manager, West London Mental Health Trust

Biography to follow shortly

Dr Sunil Gupta

General Practitioner

About Sunil

Sunil is a General Practitioner and member of the Governing Body of Castle Point and Rochford CCG. He has a number of clinical, educational and commissioning roles. These include GP Trainer, Examiner for RCGP, Training Programme Director and a member of the Council of RCGP.

He is also Vice Chair of East of England Clinical Senate and a member of the Advisory Committee for Resource Allocation. He sits on the National Patient Safety Response Advisory Panel.

Sunil’s previous roles include Accountable Officer of a CCG, member of the Expert Advisory Group on the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and Clinical Advisor for Dementia and Mental Health for NHS England Midlands and East Region. He has written a book on clinical commissioning.

Mr John Jolly

Chief Executive Officer, Parentkind

About John

John Jolly was appointed as Chief Executive of Parentkind in June 2019. Parentkind is a charity bringing home and schools together for benefit of children’s education and wider needs. Prior to this he spent nearly 13 years as the Chief Executive of Blenheim CDP, a large London based charity working with both adults and young people dependent on alcohol and/or drugs.

John has 30 years' experience of working in operational and strategic leadership roles with the NHS, public sector, charity, and partnership development roles in health and social care. He has extensive experience of criminal justice and mental health services. John chaired the Skills for Health committee which reviewed and revised the national occupational standards for working with children in relation to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). He has been involved in both the development and advocating for services for those with hepatitis C since 2014.

Ms Teresa Middleton

Deputy Director of Quality/Chief Pharmacist, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

About Teresa

Teresa has worked within the NHS since 2000, when she changed career direction. Prior to 2000, Teresa worked as a Community Pharmacist for a large multiple.

In 2000, Teresa joined the local NHS working as a prescribing adviser for a Primary Care Group in Gloucestershire. Since that time, there have been many changes within the NHS, and Teresa has worked for a number of NHS organisations, always with a focus on Quality, Primary Care and Medicines Optimisation.

Teresa has an interest in infection prevention and control and increasingly governance. Teresa has been a member of Quality Standards Advisory Committee 1, for three years, and enjoys the mixed agenda that is discussed within each meeting.

Mrs Linda Parton

Lay member

About Linda

After twenty years in the UK education system as a teacher and Headteacher, Linda worked for fourteen years overseas in international development.

Before retirement she worked as a Country Director for various organisations in S.E. Asia and Africa.

Since retirement and returning to the UK, Linda has become involved in a number of health organisations as a lay member.

Linda has been a member of two NICE Guidance Committees and two committees linked to Keele University.

She is a volunteer with Action on Hearing Loss and provides voluntary monitoring and evaluation support to a small charity working with Cerebral Palsy children in Africa.

Mr Ian Reekie

Lay member

About Ian

Before retirement Ian was Director of Leisure in a local authority. He's currently a lay member on the Governing Body of North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group. He has responsibility for promoting patient and public engagement.

Ian has been a lay member on 2 NICE public health guideline development groups. He was also part of the NICE Local Government Reference Group.

Ms Jane Scattergood

Queen's Nurse, Public Health England

About Jane

Jane qualified as a registered nurse in 1990, a midwife in 1992 and a specialist community public health nurse (health visitor) in 2002. Jane is a community practice teacher for post-registration students and an independent non-medical prescriber.

Graduating from the NHS Management Training Scheme in 1996, Jane is currently serving as registrant panel member with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for fitness to practise hearings. She has a special interest in maximising the contribution of nursing, nurses as leaders, public health nursing and professional regulation and discipline.

Jane brings expertise in public health interventions for the population, particularly in the fields of maternity, early years and population screening programmes. She also has a special interest in quality assurance, quality improvement and demonstrating the impact of strategies and interventions.

Jane is technical advisor to the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery at Public Health England.

Jane volunteers as an Independent Custody Visitor in Cumbria.

Ms Hazel Trender

Senior Vascular Nurse Specialist, Sheffield Vascular Institute

About Hazel

Hazel trained and has worked as a nurse in Sheffield since 1980. She has experience in both surgical and medical nursing and also qualified as a midwife. Her first sisters post was on a vascular surgical ward in 1986. She's remained working in this specialty, as a vascular research nurse and a vascular specialist nurse.

Hazel's expertise lies in wound care, particularly leg ulceration. She runs a leg ulcer service for the management of complex leg ulcers. She also has a vast experience in caring for patients with vascular disease.

She was involved in the development of NICE guidance in peripheral arterial disease and the management of varicose veins. Hazel mainly works in clinical settings and can contribute from a nursing perspective.

Ms Liz Wigley

Commissioning Manager, NHS Leeds CCG

About Liz

For more than 10 years, Liz has held a variety of posts relating to healthcare, in both NHS and voluntary sector organisations.

Her main interests are around reducing health inequalities, quality improvement, and how to work better together across organisations and sectors to improve people’s experiences of health and social care.

Liz currently works in a clinical commissioning group, progressing the Leeds Maternity Strategy, and works collaboratively to progress innovative ways of working together to improve services for children and families through Child and Family Health Hubs.


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