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 ensure that antibiotics are used correctly (antibiotic stewardship). He runs educational courses across the country on diagnosing and managing serious infections in children. He is also involved in delivering integrated children's services across Hampshire. His passion for service improvement stems from the time he spent working in South Africa, where he experienced first hand the impact of systems failures on child health. These have been his main drivers in setting up the Healthier Together programme.

Holly Benton (Project support officer)

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Holly is the Project Officer for the Wessex Healthier Together Initiative. She is passionate about getting the correct information out to the right people and using quality improvement to develop and improve best practice for treating Child and Young People across the region.  She believes that improving healthcare for children relates to ensuring that the parents and carers feel empowered and understand what is going on around them.  In her spare time is a keen Lacrosse player and actively involvement with the local American Football Team.


Samantha Belfrage

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Samantha Belfrage is a current PhD student at the University of Winchester, UK. Her research interests include parental health literacy, including the voices of those seldom heard in research and patient and public involvement. Samantha has a MSc in Public Health from the University of Southampton, UK and is a registered Public Health Practitioner. She has ten years’ experience of working in a local authority public health team where most of her work focused on improving the health of children and young people. Samantha is also a qualified secondary science teacher, having taught in both mainstream state schools and alternative provisions.


Ahmad Chughtai

Ahmad is a Managing Partner at Cenigma Ltd which specialises in developing online digital solutions for the NHS and acts a technology partner to the Healthier Together initiative. He is actively engaged within the Digital HealthTech sector and works closely with a variety of emerging technology start-ups to help develop the next generation of clinical and business solutions.




Holly Green

Holly is a specialist midwife working within public health in Southampton. Holly has worked across the midwifery service in the community and hospital setting. She spent many years working on the maternity day assessment unit and now works as a specialist midwife in optimal weight for pregnancy and public health. She is passionate about providing pregnant women with the resources to promote health during pregnancy. She sees Healthier Together as the perfect platform to empower pregnant women and new parents. She aims to provide helpful, practical information to mothers to alleviate anxiety and signpost appropriately to other health services.


James Edelman

James is a consultant paediatrician in Southampton, with a special interest in acute paediatrics. James is the education lead for the Paediatric Innovation, Education and Research Network (PIER) within the Wessex region and is very interested in increasing the experience of non-paediatric teams in working with paediatric patients. James has worked on number of GP paediatric education programmes within Wessex during his roles as Quality Improvement Fellow and within PIER and is keen to continue to explore the use of novel methods to improve the confidence of non-paediatricians in managing acutely unwell children.width: 


David James

David is a senior doctor working in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. He is passionate about innovation and education and sees his new role within Healthier Together as the perfect opportunity to improve practice and reduce variability in the treatment of common acute paediatric conditions in Emergency Departments across Wessex. He has previously spent time as a Fellow in Medical Education and chaired the Royal College of Paediatrics Trainee Committee. Outside of work he is a keen cyclist, runner and swimmer.



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.

Natalie Roberts

IMG_6716.jpgNatalie is a clinical psychologist and has worked in CAMHS in Hampshire for 23 years. She is based in the Winchester and Test Valley team and has a county-wide leadership role. Protecting the emotional health of children and young people has never been more important and she is really proud to be part of a team whose passion is to help parents, carers and young people have easy access to preventative and early intervention resources and helpful information



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