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Meet the Care City Team

Ever wondered what the faces behind the Care City team look like? Meet our strong and dedicated team below. With many, many years' experience in all aspects of health and social care, you can rest assured that Care City is in good hands!

John Craig

Care City Chief Executive

John joined as Chief Executive in October 2016 and his responsibilities include delivering on Care City’s two priority programmes; the NHS Innovation Test Bed and NHS Healthy New Town at Barking Riverside. Coupled to this his focus is to secure future investments for the business, with a particular focus on social regeneration and continue to raise the profile of Care City through generating a positive image of the contribution the work makes to the community it serves.

John spent a year consulting to public service organisations, helping them with strategy and innovation. He is a Senior Associate of Innovation Unit, and has also been working with FutureGov, the Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab, Shelter and Stonewall. John spent five years leading Innovation Unit, an independent non-profit that develops radically better, lower-cost public services. He helped the organisation to grow to thirty staff and into new service areas and countries.
 
Before his time at Innovation Unit, John worked at the Cabinet Office as a policy advisor, and at the think-tank, Demos, as a senior researcher. He holds degrees from the University of London and the University of Oxford.

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Jenny Shand

Care City Executive Lead

Jenny has been with Care City since April 2015, working with stakeholders to develop the strategy and programme of work for the organisation, and securing grants to fund our activities. Jenny also works and UCLPartners, our local Academic Health Science Partnership, where she supports partners to deliver integrated care, with a particular focus on frailty, services for older people and support for carers. Jenny has a wide experience of healthcare in different contexts - as a researcher, a hospital manager and as a consultant at McKinsey. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is currently completing a PhD at University College London.

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Dr Sonya Crowe

Improvement Scientist in Residence

Sonya is an Operational Researcher from UCL who joined the Care City team in January to help develop and embed robust approaches to service improvement and to evaluate its Health and Social Care Innovation Test Bed. She will be working with stakeholders across organisational boundaries to identify where in a system improvements are needed and using metrics and analysis to support this.

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Prof Martin Utley

Care City Researcher in Residence

Professor Martin Utley is Director of the UCL Clinical Operational Research Unit and Researcher in Residence at Care City. His role at Care City is to help strengthen academic presence in the boroughs it serves. This includes embedding evidence based interventions, deploying robust but pragmatic evaluation methods and developing Care City's portfolio of research work. Martin is leading the evaluation of the Care City NHS England Innovation Test Bed.

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Dean Rigg

Care City Quality Improvement Lead

Dean Joined the team in August 2016, developing and implementing a strategy for Quality Improvement across our local health and social care system. Dean is a paramedic by background who has worked in quality and education roles both locally and nationally, in acute, unscheduled and digital healthcare. Most recently, Dean completed the prestigious Darzi Fellowship in Clinical Leadership programme, with the London Leadership Academy.

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Lily Barnett

Care City Analyst

Lily joined the Care City team in August 2016 to support the NHS England Test Bed. Lily is a Public Health graduate. She has previously worked at The Health Foundation, assisting with the launch of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme in 2015, with ULPartners and NHS England. More recently, Lily worked at the Department of Health on NHS efficiency savings.

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Beth Ward

On Purpose Associate 

Beth joins Care City as an On Purpose Associate to support the NHS England Test Bed and Barking Riverside Healthy New Town. On Purpose is a social enterprise programme training professionals to work in the social enterprise sector. As an Industrial Designer Beth previously designed products for outdoor sports brands before moving to work for an Innovation Consultancy, solving problems for third sector organisations.

 

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Claire Stidston

Test Bed Programme Manager

Claire joined the team in August 2016 to lead on the NHS England Test Bed. Claire has extensive experience working with CCGs and their partner local authorities to plan and implement joint health and social care across the system. She has strong experience working in primary care, with previous roles supporting to development of primary care localities, and designing a new model of care across 8 North West London CCGs. More recently Claire has developed a focus on children's services, having led the establishment of the joint children's comissioning function in Hounslow, and the delivery of an exploratory research project into innovative preventive approaches supporting toung people's mental health for Guy's and St Thomas' Charity. Claire is also supporting the delivery of the Community Base Care in South East London. Along with the desire to catalyse change in the public sector, Claire has an interest in establishing how we can effectively balance the need for prevention and intervention to achieve the best outcomes for our society. Claire is currently studying for an MSc in Health and Medical Sciences at University College London.

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Lindsey Carter

Senior Administrator 

Lindsey joined the team in January 2015 and is responsible for supporting all areas of Care City administration, including all operational areas and managemetnt of the day to day room hire bookings. Lindsey has previously worked for KPMG, Hammonds Law Firm and Relate and has now moved to support the development of Care City due to her interest in Health, Social Care and community development.

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Rachel Fuller

Marketing and Comms Lead

Rachel joined the team on a part time basis in June 2016 to manage the Care City marketing and brand strategy and further develop community engagement plans and initiatives. Rachel met Care City when commissioned to manage the Care City Launch Event in January 2016. Rachel has a diverse career history having previously worked for Bupa International, AXA PPP International, Brighton University and East Sussex Fire & Rescure Service.

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Care City is also supported by Dr Mike Jones, our Primary Care QI Consultant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
We are looking forward to welcoming our Community and Stakeholder Lead in the coming weeks.