Introducing the Team

Sanjay Patel (Project Lead)

Sanjay is a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases working at Southampton Children’s Hospital. He is keen to improve the way that care is delivered to children with infections and to improve the way that antibiotics are used (antibiotic stewardship). He has set up a Wessex-wide antibiotic service which allows children on intravenous antibiotics to be looked after at home rather than remaining in hospital. He runs educational courses across the country on diagnosing and managing serious infections in children. His passion for service improvement stems from the time he spent working in South Africa, where he graphically saw the impact of systems failures on childhood outcomes. These have been his main drivers in setting up the Healthier Together initiative.


Oliver Morris

Oliver is a General Practitioner living in Hampshire. He works as a locum doctor with practices and the Out of Hours Service in the Southampton and New Forest region. He works one day a week teaching GP trainees. His interest and enthusiasm for paediatrics began with an academic training post at Southampton General Hospital and was consolidated by a rotation in paediatrics during his GP training, when he gained the Diploma in Child Health.


Karen Kirkham

Karen qualified in 1988, trained in General Practice in Dorset and has been a partner at The Bridges Medical Centre in Weymouth since 1994. She is Chair of the Dorset CCG Clinical Commissioning Programme for Maternity, Family Services and Reproductive health. This clinically led programme brings together expertise at secondary and primary care level, midwifery services, public health, commissioning support teams and local authorities to commission family and maternity services for the population of Dorset. Improving the health of children, with a focus on prevention of ill health and accessibility to high quality sustainable and safe services through both core hours and in an emergency, with clear signposting and access to information is paramount to achieving this goal.


Rebecca Hepworth

Rebecca is a Community Children's Nurse Team Leader from the Isle of Wight, working within a very small team that offers a service to children mainly with chronic illness and not acute care needs. Rebecca has been interested in expanding the service to reflect the needs of the paediatric population and felt that getting involved with the Healthier Together initiative was a good way to increase her knowledge and to offer her enthusiasm for caring for children in the community rather than in hospital.


Jo Wall

Jo is a Quality Improvement Lead working with the Wessex Strategic Clinical Network and Senate and works across a number of different projects. Prior to this role she worked as an information analyst within the NHS, from both a provider and commissioner perspective, for seven years. Her analytical skills are invaluable to the project, in to ensuring that the wealth of data available around children’s and young people’s health care is used appropriately and effectively to improve access to and quality of services across the region.


Mary O’Brien

Mary is a Consultant in Healthcare Public Health working at Public Health England Wessex Centre. Mary’s role is to provide public health support and advice to drive improvements in population health outcomes and reduction in health inequalities across care pathways. She has worked on a range of projects related to children’s public health within the NHS and the voluntary sector. As a former Health Education Wessex Quality Improvement Fellow, Mary is an enthusiastic advocate of patient centred care.


Sally Stanley

Sally is a quality improvement lead for the Wessex Strategic Clinical Network and this project forms part of her current portfolio of work. For 16 years she worked as an audiologist in a community and tertiary paediatric service, testing the hearing of new born babies, children and young people. She has always believed that paediatric services should be offered in the community whenever possible. Being involved in this project has given her the opportunity to work with some likeminded professionals in developing a good quality, safe and innovative paediatric service for the children, young people and families of Wessex.


Paula Wiseman (Project Manager)

Paula brings to the team a wealth of experience in project management and aims to ensure that the project is managed and delivered on time. Her most recent role was with Simon Says, a charity supporting children and young people with bereavement, where she was responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies, management of public relations, and day-to-day operations. This experience has put her in the ideal position to harness the views of parents, carers and young people about the delivery of paediatric urgent care. Paula is excited to be a part of this initiative which aims to improve the quality of care for children and people living across Wessex.

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