Belinda Hacking - Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Head of Service
QI Coach and Lead for Applied Psychology for Older Adults, Neuropsychology, Health, Learning Disability and Forensic Services Dr Belinda Hacking works as a consultant clinical psychologist, with a specialisation in oncology. Belinda Hacking has a management role as the Head of Psychology Services for Forensic, Older Adults, Learning Disabilities, Health and Neuropsychology. Belinda was part of the first cohort for the Quality Academy, which she thoroughly enjoyed. This has stimulated a range of QI projects across psychology services. As a member of the Core team for QI, we are all looking forward to working with staff to develop a culture where QI is embedded throughout all our work.
Cathy Richards - Head of CAMHS
QI Coach and Lead for CAMHS
Cathy has worked in Scotland as a clinical psychologist with children and young people for over 20 years. For the past 15 years she has been Lead Clinician and Head of Applied Psychology in the Lothian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Cathy was delighted to attend the 1st Leadership cohort of the NHS Lothian QIAcademy and is keen to see QI capacity grow in CAMHS and to build on successful projects which have already been scaled up.
Dawn Carmichael - Head of Service CAMHS/Service Manager REAS
I initially became involved in quality improvement projects while on secondment to NHS Borders and am delighted to be involved In the Quality Improvement Programme being developed within REAS. I have been very fortunate to be accepted onto the national Scottish Improvement Leader Programme (ScIL) which commences in March 2017, which will develop my skills further. I am keen to support the use of the Quality Improvement methodology approach in everything we do.
Eileen Clark - QI Senior Nurse
I have been a nurse in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for over 20 years. Prior to taking this post I have been a Charge Nurse for around 10 years including Senior Charge Nurse in IPCU and Meadows Female ward. Whilst working on the wards I gained a BSc from Napier University in Mental Health Practice. I have always had a keen interest in improving patient care and in improving the systems in which nurses work. I continue to be actively involved in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and through this managed to introduce some new initiatives in my clinical area of work. The position of Quality Improvement Nurse is a new role for me and will cover the inpatient adult mental health services. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and working with others to promote quality improvement and ultimately improve patient care.
Dr Jane Cheeseman - QI Clinical Lead
I am a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry. I worked for 3 years for NHS Fife and for the last 8 years at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Throughout my career I have had an interest in improving safety and quality of care for patients with mental health problems. I have been involved in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Mental Health since it's inception in 2012. Over the past year I have been part of cohort 8 of the Scottish Quality and Safety Fellowship programme which has allowed me to develop the skills needed to develop local projects and begin to build a strong quality improvement ethos in the teams in which I work. Having now been appointed as QI lead for the Royal Edinburgh and Associated Services I am looking forward to working with others to develop a Quality Improvement Programme for the service as a whole.
Katie Steel - Senior Information Analyst - Quality Improvement
I started in May 2017 as the new Senior Information Analyst within Mental Health and Psychology Quality Improvement. I have a BSc in Mathematics from Heriot Watt University, and have worked as an analyst within Information Services Division (ISD) for over 3 years. I am keen to supporting the Quality Improvement methodology with useful and accurate data analysis.
Patricia Graham - Consultant Clinical Psychologist
QI Coach and Lead for Adult Mental Health Services NHS Lothian Patricia has worked in NHS Lothian since 1997 in a number of different roles: as a Research Psychologist in the Cullen Centre and Rivers; as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist and as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in ANITT (Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Home Treatment Team) and as a General Consultant Clinical Psychologist in East Lothian AMH. She has specialised in Severe Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and General Adult Mental Health. Patricia now has a leadership and management role as the Head of Psychology Services for Adult Mental Health which includes all NHS Lothian’s general and specialist adult mental health services including our two regional units for Eating Disorders and Perinatal Services. Patricia attended the first Leadership Training for the Quality Academy and has continued to encourage use of the methodology in all AMH Psychology services and is particularly keen to encourage and foster multidisciplinary QI training and MD projects.
Peter Lefevre - Associate Divisional Medical Director
Peter has been an NHS consultant general adult psychiatrist working in Edinburgh for the past 17 years. He has also held senior medical management positions within Lothian mental Health Services since 2008. Peter currently undertakes clinical work within the acute inpatient service of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital along with his management role as Associate Medical Director for Royal Edinburgh and Associated Services. Throughout his time as a consultant, Peter has been involved in all aspects of quality improvement work and has led many service redesign projects and initiatives. Peter is committed to supporting quality improvement activity at all levels within wider mental health services. He is currently the chair of the NHS Lothian Quality Improvement in Mental Health Steering Group.
Paul Smith - Quality Improvement & Safety Manager
Paul began his career in mental health with NHS Lothian in 1999. He has had extensive experience as a nurse and senior charge nurse across acquired brain injury services, and adult mental health services including acute and rehabilitation. In his most recent role, he worked with Healthcare Improvement Scotland as an improvement advisor supporting teams in acute hospitals across Scotland to improve processes for coordinating care for people living with frailty.