North Manchester Care Organisation

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Simon Featherstone - Director of Nursing/Chief Officer

Simon joined the Trust in August 2016. Simon started his nurse training in 1988 at Charing Cross Hospital in London before going on to nurse at Guys & St Thomas Trust where he held posts as Lead Nurse for Critical Care and Head of Nursing for Surgery. He moved from there to a role as Assistant Director of Nursing at Lewisham Hospital before moving back north in 2009 to an Assistant Director of Nursing post at Salford Royal. 

After working as Divisional Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Nursing at Salford Royal, he gained his first Executive Nurse Director post at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Simon lives in South Manchester and is married with three children.

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Stephanie Gibson - Managing Director

Stephanie joined the Trust in January 2017. She was previously Director of Performance and Improvement at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and has also held the post of Deputy Director of Operations and Performance, and Divisional Managing Director for Clinical Support Services and Tertiary Medicine at Salford.

She qualified in 1982 as a registered nurse and for the next 18 years worked in the emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital undertaking a variety of roles including clinical nurse specialist and latterly clinical manager.

Stephanie’s general management experience began in 2000 within the surgical division at North Manchester and following the formation of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, she became the service manager for unscheduled care, working across four hospital sites. She completed a MSc in management studies in 2003.

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Professor Matt Makin - Medical Director

Matt has worked as Medical Director at two of the largest Health Organisations in England and Wales. Since March 2016 he has been Medical Director of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust supporting the improvement plan and initiatives allied to Devolved Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester.

Prior to this he has held National leadership roles in Neurology, Neurosciences and Cancer and had been involved in Health Policy in NHS Wales. Matt trained in Palliative Care Medicine in Liverpool and Birmingham and was appointed to his first Consultant Post in 2001.

Matt is an Honorary Professor of Health and Behavioural Sciences at Bangor University and has published on the causes and treatment of cancer pain, and the earlier diagnosis of cancer. He worked at the Pain Relief Foundation in the 1990s developing treatment protocols for the analgesic use of Methadone.

He is passionate about addressing inequalities in health and is determined to see a strong, vibrant future for North Manchester General Hospital.

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Damien Finn -  Finance Director/Group Chief Improvement Officer

Damien joined The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as the Executive Director of Finance in September 2015. 

He has twenty-five years’ experience in the NHS in a variety of finance positions, working at very high performing acute hospitals. He has worked within Divisional Finance to Medicine, Women & Children’s Services and Corporate Services at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Finance Management Trainee at West Midlands SHA/ Coventry Health Authority. 

He has also been divisional Financial Advisor for Adult Services at Central Manchester & Manchester Children’s Hospital NHS Trust and worked for St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as Deputy Director of Finance from 2004 – 2010 and as Director of Finance from 2010 - 2015.