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Dr Cook will provide clinical leadership for NHS Kernow at a critical time in its history, as it moves into the new integrated care system (ICS) by next April, bringing together health and care services to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Paul is passionate about good mental health, and for the past 10 years has been a driving force behind plans to ensure people can access high quality and safe services when needed. Under his leadership, he has embedded Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s integrated mental health strategy across the health and care system, and made sure people remember the person being supported, rather than organisational boundaries.
He moved to Cornwall in 2001 and had a combination of roles over time as a locum, salaried GP for 6 years in north Cornwall and a police surgeon. Paul used to be a gig rower but recently, more of this time is spent with his family.
Kate became NHS Kernow’s accountable officer on 16 August 2021.
Kate is a mother of 3 and ‘borrows’ 2 others as part of a blended family. She has 2 grandchildren and a grand-dog and enjoys nothing better than lots of noise, lots of laugher and people around the table.
Chief finance officer and senior information risk officer (SIRO)
Clare Bryan does not deny that a chance to live in Cornwall – a beautiful area and a great place to bring up a young family – was a significant factor in applying to become our chief finance officer.
Clare was previously in the NHS England Wessex office as head of finance and is well-versed in commissioning, having worked in primary care trusts and CCGs, It is also an area of finance she enjoys.
Secondary care doctor member
Matt read medicine at Edinburgh and Oxford completing a PhD in neurophysiology during that time.
In Somerset, Matt has held a number of leadership roles within acute and community trusts and is currently deputy chief medical officer of an alliance of acute, primary care, mental health and community foundation trusts with a merger planned for April 2020.
Chief nursing officer, NHS Kernow
Natalie has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, having a background in adult nursing and midwifery.
Throughout her career Natalie has been a passionate advocate for patient engagement to improve the quality of services, and is committed to supporting people to achieve their highest potential.
Educated to Masters degree level, Natalie currently holds a portfolio of responsibilities that includes quality and safety, infection control and safeguarding adults and children.
Deputy chair and governance lay member
Chris spent over 30 years as an officer in the Armed Forces and retired as a Senior Brigadier in 2010.
Chris has embedded himself within the Bude community and continues to restore his family’s Cornish longhouse, which is an ongoing labour of love. He is a qualified and experienced Canoe England level 2 paddle sports coach.
Married with 3 children, he currently acts as a volunteer coach and mentor to former service personnel.
Patient and public involvement lay member
Nikki has previously worked alongside the public sector to support people with long term conditions both within acute care settings and in their community.
Primary care and prevention lay member
Melissa is a passionate health campaigner and works relentlessly for the Sepsis Trust, raising awareness of the condition among the public and health professionals to improve early recognition and help.
Fiscal management lay member
John is a qualified accountant, with extensive experience and knowledge in both banking and the NHS.
He was employed as deputy director of finance in Plymouth Health Authority in 1986 and appointed as acting director of resources 2 years’ later. John continued in that role until the NHS Trust became established, when he became the first director of finance for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
He undertook a 2-year secondment to the Department of Health as project director for the shared business services initiative, before returning to Plymouth as to support performance and governance and finally finance director, where he helped return the trust to surplus after 3 years’ in deficit. John retired from the NHS in 2011, but his passion and interest has not waned and he has continued to provide advice and support to a number of trusts across the country.
Judy studied medicine at Sheffield University and has been working in Cornwall since 1994.
Judy enjoys sailing, hill-walking, skiing and painting. She is committed to high-quality, safe and accessible healthcare which is responsive to the needs of local communities.
Dr John Garman is a well-known and respected face for people living in and around Helston, where he has been a partner at Helston Medical Centre for the past 12 years. He was also the Isles of Scilly lead GP for 5 years.
He said: “I have a passion for person-centred care and my experience on Scilly has given me great insight into the complexities of commissioning and instilled in me a sense that anything can be achieved, with the right will.
“I’ve seen first-hand how things can develop when people work together, and I’m excited about supporting NHS Kernow to achieve its vision.”
Francis attended Leeds University where he studied 2 degrees in medicine and medical physiology.
Francis left the practice in August 2017 and now works in urgent and emergency care as a locum GP. He has a special interest in championing access to health care for the population of the Scilly Islands, a community he got to know when he was a fisherman. Francis is the Governing Body lead for primary care, urgent care and prescribing.
Dr Deryth Stevens is passionate about making sure people can access the same high quality care, no matter where they live. Dr Stevens is a salaried GP at Tamar Valley Health.
She said: “At north Warwickshire, I feel I have shaped the culture of our CCG to be open, transparent, collegial, and supportive. This is something I’m looking forward to continuing in Cornwall.”
Rob is a GP and a partner at St Agnes surgery and is also NHS Kernow’s clinical lead for elective care.
When he’s not working with Serco’s out of hours’ service as an acute GP or a GP sifter at the referral management service, Rob can be found either restoring his 1968 Morris Minor or relaxing with his wife and 4 children.
Interim managing director
Kate will be responsible for leading NHS Kernow on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the accountable officer.
Kate has worked in healthcare for over 25 years, and has been a chief executive officer, chair and non-executive across the NHS, largely leading recovery and transformation works.
Initially qualifying in forensics, Kate has added biomedical subjects and recently facial reconstruction to her qualifications. She has led NHS England’s resilience programme and produced the adopted manual on efficiencies and clinical improvement in 2018.
Her work has included the review of large collaborations and systems particularly where there were deficits or unplanned elective waiting lists, and has led successful negotiations where arbitration was previously imminent.
She is also a keen gardener who cannot get sweet peas to grow, mother to a large Doberman and chief coach to 11 grandchildren.
Public health interim director
Rachel is the public health interim director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Rachel started in her role in March 2020.