Northern Care Alliance NHS Group Celebrates Inspirational & Innovative Women

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Northern Care Alliance NHS Group Celebrates Inspirational & Innovative Women
05 September 2019

Eleven pioneering women working across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group have been highlighted by the Northern Health Science Alliance for making their mark on the world of innovation – particularly in health science. Following a call on social media for nominations, more than 300 inspirational women’s profiles were submitted to Northern Health Science Alliance as part of its #NorthInnovationWomen campaign, which was also part of its work in connection with International Women’s Day.

The Northern Care Alliance (NCA) Group formed following the bringing together two NHS Trusts, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. NCA Group provide a range of healthcare services to more than 1million people across Greater Manchester including five hospitals - Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Rochdale Infirmary and North Manchester General Hospital – and the hospitals’ associated community services.

Tracy Walker,  Lead  Allied Health Professional, Rehab Services Manager at Manchester Local Care Organisation’s North Manchester Community Services (previously Pennine Acute NHS Trust) was recognised for her work as a pioneer in the field of stroke care, as part of the group of 11 women listed overall.

She said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised in this way for the work that I do. I’m fortunate enough to work in a culture which gives me freedom to lead and innovate. As a result I’ve overseen the successful delivery of projects focused on falls reduction in care homes, early supported discharge from hospital and I also led on the community stroke model which was recently rolled out across Greater Manchester and is now being put forward to become national standard practice. I’m incredibly proud of my 20 years in the NHS so far, and am keen to encourage and inspire the next generation to be part of an organisation which encourages innovation, improvement and real change for our patients.”  

June Roberts, Associate Director of Transformation at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, was also nominated for her work across the respiratory field, including the development of new models of care in pulmonary rehabilitation and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She explained: “I’m a consultant respiratory nurse by background, and whilst I hold a senior management position here at NCA I also see patients once a week which I feel passionate about. My work focuses in the main on integrated care, and after a number of years working across primary care, acute and community sectors, as well as stints in research and at the Department of Health, I’m thrilled to be acknowledged for the innovations I’ve delivered.” June has worked on transforming and developing respiratory services and pathways for patients, she adds: “I’m proud to work for such a forward thinking Trust, which champions doing things differently, leading where others follow.”

The full list of eleven women from across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group nominated for the #NorthernInnovationWomen campaign are:

  • Lis Cordingley (Psychologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust);
  • Rachel Dunscombe (Director of Digital, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust);
  • Clare Mason (Consultant Surgeon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust);
  • Dr Luisa Motta (Consultant Dermatopathologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust);
  • June Roberts (Associate Director of Transformation, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust);
  • Sophie Wallington (Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, (Manchester Local Care Organisation)
  • Tracey Watson (Chief Information Officer, Northern Care Alliance Group);
  • Tracy Walker (Rehabilitation Services Manager, Manchester Local Care Organisation);
  • Rebecca Fish (Trainee Colorectal Surgeon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust);
  • Lyndsay Pearce (Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust);
  • Dr Emma Vardy (Consultant Geriatrician, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust).

Chris Brookes, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of NCA NHS Group said: “We are firmly committed to gender equality and to promoting the people who work so hard to support us as one of the country’s leading authorities on healthcare development.

“We value every part of the large and varied workforce across five hospital Trusts that make up the Group, and we are very proud to be able to celebrate this talented group of women who are leading on progressing health science innovation in their specific fields as well as helping us to deliver operational excellence, high performance and continuous improvement to the communities we serve across Salford, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and North Manchester.

“As a Group we want to inspire young people to consider careers in health and health science, and the recognition of these women as key role models in the industry is great to see. Congratulations to them all.”

Pictured: June Roberts