Find out more about the members of QSAC3 by reading their biographies.

Dr Rebecca Payne


General Practitioner and NIHR in-practice fellow

About Rebecca

Rebecca is a GP who combines working clinically in the Orkney islands with an NIHR fellowship at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care, Oxford University, and teaching communication skills at Cardiff university.

Her areas of special interest are video consulting and urgent primary care. She was previously the National professional advisor in urgent primary care at the Care Quality Commission (2017 to 2022) and Chair of RCGP Wales (2018 to 2015).

She has worked as a primary care clinical director and clinic in out of hours in Wales, and was the primary care clinical lead for the roll out of video consulting in Wales during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She has a masters in public health and is a senior fellow of the faculty of medical management and leadership and a fellow of the royal college of general practitioners.

Dr Angela Beattie

General practitioner and GP clinical lead for cancer, NHS Somerset ICB

About Angela

Angela is a general practitioner with considerable experience and is the GP clinical lead for cancer for NHS Somerset ICB. She worked in business as a science graduate in research and development prior to studying medicine at Nottingham University. She is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and has a masters degree in palliative medicine from Cardiff University.

Angela really enjoys reviewing evidence and looking for patterns in the data and then providing clinical interpretation. She leads on cancer transformation work and on the PCN early cancer diagnosis DES in Somerset and loves facilitating discussions, providing education and engaging key stakeholders.

Angela is also a GP Clinical Advisor for South, Central and West clinical support unit nationally. Whilst working as a GP she has concurrently worked as a national telephone triager for an out-hours-provider across seven counties and as a speciality doctor in a local hospice. Angela always keeps the patient at the centre of her work which includes looking at ways of helping to address health inequalities.

Ms Deryn Bishop

Public health behaviour change specialist, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

About Deryn

Deryn has a background in Psychology and Public Health. Work experience includes Counsellor, Health Coach, Alcohol and Drugs Service Manager, and Regional Alcohol Manager for the West Midlands.

She was a member of the guideline development group for Ph29 Behaviour Change: Individual approaches and is currently a NICE Expert for the Centre for Guidelines. She has completed University Colleage London’s basic and advanced Summer School courses at the Centre for Behaviour Change.

Deryn is a qualified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) First Aider, Instructor and Workplace Associate and also delivers a range of Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) training courses.

She has authored a number of e-learning tools and resources for Making Every Contact Count (MECC). She has a particular interest in the implementation of behavioural science to health and social care.

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.

Ms Jane Dalton

Lay member

About Jane

Jane has over 10 years’ experience bringing forward public and patient views to help shape healthcare services locally and nationally. She also has a PhD and 20 years’ academic experience in health services research.

Jane has board-level expertise as a Charity Trustee and Non-Executive Director, together with qualifications in Business and Finance, and 11-years sales/marketing and strategic planning experience in UK manufacturing and business support.

In addition to serving on the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee, Jane currently holds Lay Membership positions in Specialised Services Commissioning at NHS England.

Dr Mark Devonald

Consultant nephrologist

About Mark

Mark is a consultant nephrologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. His NHS work includes most aspects of clinical nephrology. He has a particular interest in acute kidney injury, including service development and innovation, teaching and research. He has contributed to numerous NICE projects over the past 10 years including clinical guidelines, quality standards and diagnostics assessment.

Miss Shorai Dzirambe

Director – Health and Social Care Quality Consultant

About Shorai

Shorai has over 24 years’ experience in Health and Social care. In both the NHS and private care sectors. Shorai has experience of multi-site management and is successful in the development of bespoke quality assurance processes for different models of services and proactively implement KPIs that identify areas of good practice and areas of risk within a service. She believes that every person should receive excellent care and support regardless of where they live, their gender and background.

Shorai is a trustee of International Children’s Care (UK), a personalised accreditation assessor and a registrant member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Committee.

Saran Evans

Director of Clinical Transformation

About Saran

Saran is a nurse, and has worked in a number of senior leadership roles within the acute and integrated care sectors of the NHS (both in England and Wales). She currently works in a director role within Transformation at an NHS organisation in Cardiff.

Saran has extensive experience in the operational management of clinical services, Quality and Safety, Patient Experience & Engagement, and Risk & Governance.

Dr Mariana Fonseca

Paediatrics Speciality Trainee

About Mariana

Mariana is a Paediatrics Speciality Trainee in the north central and east London Deanery. After completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge she has developed a keen interest in evidence-based care throughout her clinical career. Alongside her training in London, she has had the opportunity to be involved in international efforts that highlight the critical impact of evidence-based care such as the Global Burden Disease Consortium and the Cochrane Collaboration.

Her clinical and academic goals are to work with like-minded individuals and organisations to help shape improvements in the quality and delivery of patient care.

Dr Kultar Singh Garcha

General practitioner

About Kultar

Kultar is a GP partner driven by his passion for enhancing healthcare outcomes through cutting-edge digital innovation. With a proven track record of successfully scaling digital primary care operations on an international level, he has played pivotal roles in the seamless integration of new technologies, optimisation of clinical workflows, and strategic expansion of clinical teams. These efforts have culminated in significant improvements in patient care, outcomes, and overall experiences.

As an advocate of continuous quality improvement, Kultar has established quality assurance and governance programs across multiple clinical services. By fostering close collaborations with epidemiologists, product teams, data analysts and the wider clinical team, he has made substantial contributions to the redesign of patient-centred mobile apps, the enhancement of point-of-care solutions for healthcare professionals and the development of insightful outcome dashboards, offering a comprehensive and data-driven approach to evaluating and refining healthcare processes.

Mr Keith Lowe

Independent consultant

About Keith

Keith has extensive experience in the development, management and delivery of social care. His career began in 1980 as a care assistant and he progressed into care management. He's achieved professional and management qualifications including a BA (Hons) in Regulation and Inspection.

Keith was North West Head of Regional Compliance at the Care Quality Commission until September 2014. He then joined Home Instead Senior Care. His responsibility is to maintain and improve the quality of care delivered across all 175 Home Instead offices. He's particularly interested in providing support to families and people living with dementia.

Mrs Linda Parton

Lay member

About Linda

Ms Jane Scattergood

Director of nursing and quality, NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group

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

Jane is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health.

Dr Kashif Siddiqui


About Kashif

Biography to follow.


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