C4CC Advisory Group

The Coalition for Collaborative Care’s (C4CC) Advisory Group represents the voice of the partnership and people with lived experience.  It advises and guides on key priorities for C4CC and helps steer its activities.

Find out more about C4CC’s Advisory Group members below…

Dr Brian Fisher, MBE

Chair, New NHS Alliance

Clenton Farquharson, MBE

Chair, Think Local Act Personal

Christiana Melam

CEO, National Association of Link Workers

Fiona Flowers

Specialist Advisor for Community Settings , Macmillan Cancer Support

Heidi Wright

Practice and Policy Lead, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Dr Jed Boardman

Lead for Social Inclusion, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Jude Stansfield

National Adviser: Public Mental Health, Public Health England

Katie Clarke-Day

Lived experience representative

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Kim Ryley

Lived experience representative

Sue Bott CBE

Head of Policy and Research, Disability Rights UK

Susie Finlayson

Development Manager, Power to Change

Sian Lockwood OBE

Chief Executive, Community Catalysts

David Warren

Operations Manager, Timebanking UK

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Shaun Webster

Lived experience representative

Vidhya Alakeson

Chief Executive, Power to Change

Laura Bimpson

Senior Manager (Partnerships), NHS England

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Dr Brian Fisher, MBE

Chair, New NHS Alliance

Dr Brian Fisher has been a GP in London for 42 years and interested in user involvement in the NHS for a long time. He was successful in getting Department of Health funding for the ground-breaking Health Empowerment Leverage Project (HELP) www.healthempowerment.co.uk which developed a business case for community development in health. He was awarded an MBE for community development in 2007. He is chair of The NHS Alliance www.nhsalliance.org which promotes Health Creation through community development and other approaches. NHS Alliance offers support to health and local authority organisations to move forward in health creating practices. Dr Fisher has also developed other models ensuring people’s and communities’ views are incorporated in the routine work of health services. He champions patient record access and is a director of a company called Evergreen Life which enables people in England to access their GP records, book GP appointments and order repeat prescriptions.

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Clenton Farquharson, MBE

Chair, Think Local Act Personal

Clenton is a disabled person with extensive experience of health, care and housing. As chair of the Think Local Act Personal partnership (TLAP), he is at the forefront of leading change from a citizen and community perspective. Clenton is particularly interested in championing personalisaton, health inequalities, health and care integration, mental health issues and workforce issues within the NHS.

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Christiana Melam

CEO, National Association of Link Workers

Christiana is chief executive of the National Association of Link Workers and is a social prescribing enthusiast. She has been ‘linking’ or ‘connecting’ in her community all her life, whether; in a paid capacity with a previous career in public health and health promotion; or volunteer capacity as a patient and public voice representative or health champion. It is her knowledge and experience of inequalities, that highlighted for her just how important the role of a link worker is but also that it needed help to maintain its professional integrity, in order to help reduce inequalities. She is an advocate for inclusion, coproduction, bottom up approaches, empowering people and reducing inequality. She has achieved particular success in community engagement, implementing targeted interventions for “hard to reach” and “at risk groups” to reduce health inequalities, and facilitating development and support for the often overlooked paid and volunteer workforce in health and social care. This success is the result of her approachable nature, ability to bridge points of view and varied subject matter expertise – all of which boosts engagement and morale.

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Fiona Flowers

Specialist Advisor for Community Settings , Macmillan Cancer Support

Fiona is Macmillan Cancer Support’s Specialist Advisor for Community Settings. Her role is to develop and understand how we best support people living with cancer in the community (taking a whole place based approach) and improve Macmillan’s impact within this area. Her role involves developing the organisation and learning from the external environment to build our service offer outside the medical sector. Fiona has been with Macmillan for just over six years, focusing on social care, local government and the integration agenda throughout this time. Her previous roles includes Social Care Lead and interim Commissioning Support Programme Lead, working strategically with local authorities and other system leaders to develop integrated models of care that are tailored to local needs and utilise community assets, striving to embed coproduction and working with communities. Fiona was previously working across social care and clinical psychology with children with cancer and their families. With a background in mental health she has also worked with offenders experiencing mental health issues and worked in HR with employee wellbeing.

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Heidi Wright

Practice and Policy Lead, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Heidi Wright is a registered pharmacist and has worked across different sectors of pharmacy. Heidi joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2005 as Head of Quality Improvement moving to Head of Practice and is now Practice and Policy lead for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. In this role Heidi has developed guidance supporting better transfer of medicines information when patients move between different care settings. Heidi co-authored the guidance on ‘Medicines Optimisation: Helping patients to make the most of medicines’ which is being used nationally to support patients to get the most from their medicines. Heidi is responsible for developing the policy for the RPS campaigns which promote the role of pharmacists in supporting and improving patient care. Heidi is very interested in ensuring healthcare professionals understand personalised care and deliver this when interacting with the people they see.

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Dr Jed Boardman

Lead for Social Inclusion, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Jed Boardman is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Centre for Mental Health and Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry. Throughout his career, he has worked mainly in social and community psychiatry and was Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley Trust until 2016. He is the lead for Social Inclusion at the Royal College of Psychiatrists where he advises on employment, poverty, welfare reform, personalisation and recovery. He co-chaired the RCPsych Person-Centred Training and Curriculum (PCTC) Scoping Group with Dr Subodh Dave and was an author of their 2018 report on person-centred care and training. He led the Recovery projects at the Centre for Mental Health and, with other colleagues, set up the ImROC (Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change) project.

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Jude Stansfield

National Adviser: Public Mental Health, Public Health England

Jude is National Adviser in public mental health to Public Health England. Over the last 25+ years she has worked locally, regionally and nationally to progress effective and innovative public health policy, leadership and practice. Her focus and passion is on addressing mental health and wellbeing as a key determinant of healthy, equitable and thriving communities and organisations. Jude authored the PHE leadership & workforce development framework to build staff competence in improving the public’s mental health and wellbeing. She also leads on developing community-centred and asset approaches within the public health system and in embedding and addressing psychosocial approaches to health throughout the organisation. She chaired the mental wellbeing expert reference group of the National Mental Health Intelligence Network and works to improve data in mental health, wellbeing and healthy communities. Jude is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a member of their Mental Health Committee. She is a co-chair of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Council of Public Health Leadership.

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Katie Clarke-Day

Lived experience representative

Katie lives with multiple long term health conditions. Katie holds multiple relevant degrees and has had roles in both health psychology and social work. Katie’s main interest has always been the enhancement of quality of life for people living with long term conditions. Katie has worked alongside NHS England, the Health Foundation, local NHS trusts and the third sector on projects that promote the needs and wants of those living with long term conditions. Duing her time with C4CC's co-production team, Katie developed a relationship with the Reading Agency after being commissioned to support the development of a reading list for people living with long term conditions. She continues to work with them and support their enthusiastic dedication to co-production across their organisation. Katie believes that her combination of lived experience and professional experience gives her a great platform from which to talk about the delivery of personalised care in the NHS.

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Kim Ryley

Lived experience representative

Kim is a 66 -year -old cancer survivor with a complex history of multiple long term conditions. His experiences of treatment for these conditions over almost 20 years have given him an insight and lived expertise into how health and care services can be reconfigured to provide a better quality of life for the growing number of people like Kim. As a retired local authority chief executive, Kim has worked closely with a wide range of local voluntary organisations and national charities,and is a representative for Macmillan Cancer Support. In this capacity, he contributes currently to the work of the Expert Advisory Group on Multiple Long Term Conditions. Kim is a strong advocate of integrated, community-based, personalised health and care services which empower people to manage their own health care more effectively.

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Sue Bott CBE

Head of Policy and Research, Disability Rights UK

Sue Bott, a disabled person with visual impairment from birth, has been active in the disability movement in the UK for many years. Currently she is Head of Policy and Research at Disability Rights UK, a merger of the National Centre for Independent Living (of which she was Chief Executive), Disability Alliance and Radar. Previous to that she spent fifteen years working for a Centre for Independent Living (Shropshire Disability Consortium) initially as its development worker and latterly as its Chief Officer. She has a first degree in political theory and institutions and a masters degree in public service management. She was made a CBE in the new Year Honours 2014 for services to disabled people and their families. She lives on the Kent coast and has two grown up children.

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Susie Finlayson

Development Manager, Power to Change

Susie is currently a Development Manager at Power to Change, the national body support community businesses. She leads on their health and social care work, supporting community owned and led businesses delivering health or social care services and working with partners to explore the role of community businesses in the future of the sector. She has previously worked at The Young Foundation, leading a range of projects across sectors including place-based development, health, youth services and providing capacity building support to charities and social enterprises. Prior to this Susie worked in physical disability, learning disability and mental health care having completed a BSc and MRes in Psychology.

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Sian Lockwood OBE

Chief Executive, Community Catalysts

Sian Lockwood worked in a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations in the UK and Africa before becoming the Chief Executive of a charity delivering Shared Lives and other small-scale community-based services across Yorkshire and Teesside. Her experiences with that charity led her to become a passionate advocate for very small-scale community-led solutions that help people with health or social care needs to live the life they want, working to remove the bureaucratic and legislative barriers that prevent them from thriving. As CEO of Shared Lives Plus she lobbied successfully for a regulatory approach which placed the burden of regulation on an agency rather than the families. In her current role as CEO of Community Catalysts she continues the fight for a legal, regulatory and bureaucratic environment within which local people can use their gifts, talents and imagination to promote the health and wellbeing of other local people. Sian was awarded an OBE for services to social care in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and of the Salzburg Global Forum.

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David Warren

Operations Manager, Timebanking UK

David is Timebanking UK’s Operations Manager leading on programmes and communications. With many years spent working in the education sector as a headteacher and in the NHS as an information analyst and in operations, David is a strong leader with a broad range of skills and considerable experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders. David has a particular interest in helping to galvanise social action and in strengthening communities and is looking forward to using his experience to benefit C4CC’s Advisory Group and to positively influence the delivery of personalised care in the NHS.

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Shaun Webster

Lived experience representative

Shaun Webster is a project co-ordinator, at CHANGE. Shaun has worked both nationally and internationally to tackle the barriers that people with learning disabilities experience. Shaun’s had an exceptional career history and has received an MBE for his work on improving the human rights of people with learning disabilities, supporting people with learning disabilities to have a strong voice and work with professionals, encouraging inclusion for all. As a professional, a person with lived experience and having a learning disability, Shaun, has thorough knowledge of the health services. He has huge expertise in accessibility and communication between health professionals and people with learning disabilities, health inequalities and improving services for all. Shaun also has a long term health condition, which furthers his understanding and experience. He truly understands the importance of personalised care and how it can benefit patient’s when it is done right.

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Vidhya Alakeson

Chief Executive, Power to Change

Vidhya was appointed the Chief Executive of Power to Change in January 2015. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive at independent think tank the Resolution Foundation, and was also the mental health lead for the personal health budgets delivery programme at NHS England. Vidhya worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. from 2006-2010 and previously worked at the UK Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

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Laura Bimpson

Senior Manager (Partnerships), NHS England

Laura is a Senior Manager for NHS England working in the partnerships team and she brings more than 17 years’ experience working in the public, private and third sectors. Laura has held a variety of positions spanning strategic and crisis communications, programme management, business development and stakeholder and partnership engagement. During the past nine years, Laura has worked in roles supporting the delivery of personalised care across social care and health, an area that she is particularly passionate about. Laura also has a keen interest in digital and in ensuring people have access to quality information and advice so they can make informed decisions about their care – and have the knowledge and confidence to challenge the system when things aren’t working well for them. On a personal level, Laura currently assists both her grandparents with direct payments and has been a carer for her parents through terminal illness. She is keen to use these experiences to help champion personalised care for others.

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