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Sussex – The Place to Grow for Allied Health Professionals

Keynote speakers : Beverley Harden (National AHP Lead, Deputy CAHPO); Adam Doyle (CEO Sussex ICS); Siobhan Melia (CEO Sussex Community Foundation Trust); Anne Canby (Sussex AHP Council Chair) with closing remarks by Cally Beaton – British stand-up comedian, writer, executive coach

If you want to know more about:

The three ‘R’s of research; what education is available throughout our careers?; A day in the life of an AHP; what other roles to AHP’s do, how AHPs can progress to leadership roles; what organisations are in Sussex – then come and join us!

AHP Lead Health Education England / Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer / Visiting Professor University of Winchester Chief Executive Officer, Sussex CCGs and ICS Leader for the Sussex Health and Care Partnership
I am the Health Education England Lead for the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) and the Advanced Clinical Practice Programme. As a physiotherapist, I have worked extensively as a leader of large, cross sector multi-professional services. I have undertaken a variety of Allied Health Professional leadership roles at local, regional and national level and am skilled in workforce transformation and organisational development. Prior to joining HEE, I was the workforce lead in an acute trust in the South of England. I have also worked as a National Advisor to the New Care Models Team at NHS England. Adam Doyle is the Chief Executive Officer for the three Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, NHS East Sussex CCG and NHS West Sussex CCG.  Adam is also the ICS Leader for the Sussex Health and Care Partnership and has worked within the Sussex system for the last four years.  Adam has been credited with the significant turnaround of the CCGs in Sussex, having taken the seven CCGs in Sussex from an inadequate to good position and the reshaping of the Sussex ICS to be one of the most improved systems in the country.  Adam has also led the NHS response to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Adam started his NHS career as a physiotherapist and has held a number of senior healthcare roles over the past 15 years, which have involved advising government departments on key strategic public policy reforms.

Before working in Sussex, Adam was the Chief Executive Officer (Accountable Officer) at NHS Merton CCG in London, where he worked from its establishment in 2013.  Prior to this, Adam held a number of Director roles in provider and commissioning organisations in London.

Senior Policy and Evidence Lead – Equality and Inclusion Head of Allied Health Professions at NHS England and NHS Improvement
Shareen has over 15 years’ experience working in the NHS since graduating from University of Hertfordshire where she gained a degree in Therapy Radiography.  After working along the south coast in Poole Hospital for 5 years, Shareen returned to London to continue her Radiotherapy career at Imperial College, Charing Cross before moving to North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH).  Shareen eventually transitioned into the role of Cancer Services Manager and embedded her methods of effective management and leading team of over 50 staff.  Managing the national cancer standards locally and networking across North Central London (NCL) STP, Shareen quickly became an expert in her field where her clinical knowledge and skills gave a rare credibility for her role.

In 2019, Shareen decide to step away from clinical services and started a new role as Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as her passion grew for fairness for all staff and she began to recognise her own influence as the person that she needed to see representing her.  During her time in post Shareen successfully launched serval staff networks, completed collaborative EDS2 events with neighbouring organisations and worked closely with partners to coordinate STP-wide events to engage with stakeholders across all 5 CCGs in NCL.

During wave 1 of the Covid pandemic in 2020 Shareen took a bold and proud step into the role of Equality and Inclusion Senior Policy and Evidence Lead within NHSE/I People Directorate, where she continues to work closely with the national WRES team, Leadership and Lifelong Learning and is often asked to offer advice and guidance on improving EDI in clinical environments.  During her time here she has led programmes to support staff health and wellbeing, improve staff safety in managing supply of PPE and leading the delivery unit to achieve over 1 million risk assessments for our NHS people.

Shareen is driven to use her voice and platform to improve the experiences of under-represented groups and drawing experiences from her years within cancer networks she is driven to continue her own learning whilst actively sharing knowledge and building relationships across local and national forums.

Stuart is a physiotherapist by profession, graduating from the University of Hertfordshire.  Initially, he worked clinically across Sussex and has since worked in local, regional and national leadership roles, both within and outside of the NHS.

Currently, Stuart is Head of Allied Health Professions at NHS England and NHS Improvement, leading and working across a number of different portfolios and projects, including, professional leadership, systems reform and legislation, primary are and diversity and inclusion.

Stuart has led the development of several key pieces of AHP policy publications, including: Investing in chief AHPs (2019), Developing AHP leaders (2019), Chief AHPs handbook (TBC) and AHPs in integrated care systems (tbc).  A key part of his role is the operationalisation of policy and strategy, working with Trusts and Systems to fully utilise the transformative potential of the AHP workforce.

Outside of the NHS, Stuart is a Board Trustee at St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House Hospice Group and a Non-Executive Director at Sport for Confidence, a CIC striving to improve inclusivity and accessibility in sport. He is also a visiting lecturer at several Universities across the UK.

In 2019 Stuart qualified as an Executive and Senior Leadership Coach and Mentor, and enjoys seeing those he works with progress into new and exciting opportunities.  He is also shortly about to graduate from the Nye Bevan Executive Leadership Programme.

Outside of work, Stuart enjoys juggling a one year old, a crazy spaniel and finding some time to exercise and relax…!

Chief executive Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust – journey starting a career as an AHP to becoming a Chief Executive in Sussex Strategic Workforce Lead for AHPs for Sussex Health and Care Partnership / Assistant Director
Siobhan Melia was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in September 2016. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Partnerships and Commercial Development at the organisation. She joined Sussex Community in October 2013 from Telefonica UK, where she headed up their UK Telehealth division.

Siobhan has worked in the NHS for more than 23 years and has fulfilled a number of different clinical leadership, operational and senior management roles throughout her career. She has a clinical background obtaining both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in podiatry from the University of Brighton. Siobhan has always been committed to continuous learning and in 2012 received her MBA (Health Executive) from Keele University.

As a former podiatrist, Siobhan is committed to ensuring the many different clinical and non-clinical professions that make up the NHS all have a platform to help shape, influence and improve the services that patients and communities need now and in the future.

Siobhan is passionate about improving patient outcomes and encouraging and enabling others to thrive.

Anne qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1993 and worked clinically in Neurological Rehabilitation for many years, starting her career in Bristol and moving to East Sussex in 2000. She completed a Masters in Clinical Research in 2014 and a Clinical Academic Internship in 2015 alongside her clinical role.

In 2016, Anne moved into a Programme transformation manager post for 2 years from 2016 before being appointed into her current role as Assistant Director for the AHPs at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. For the last year Anne has also been working 3 days a week, alongside her other role as Strategic Workforce lead for AHPs for Sussex Health and Care partnership.

Motivational speaker, podcaster and business mentor
Cally is a comedian, writer, speaker and business mentor from London.

Cally is a natural storyteller full of intelligent, distinctive and punchline-rich material and one of the UK’s most sought-after acts in the worlds of both comedy and corporate. She has held senior management positions at some of the biggest media companies in the world including MTV, UKTV and Viacom. Early in her career she headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV’s Carlton Television (where a certain David Cameron was on the board). She left to set up a successful creative consultancy company, and went on to do a 10 year stint as Senior Vice President at the US studio giant Viacom. There, Cally oversaw a multi-million dollar budget for channels including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount; if you want someone to blame for bringing South Park and SpongeBob SquarePants to the world, you need look no further. She has a Masters in Neuro Linguistic Programming and has worked for many years, alongside her not inconsiderable day jobs, as an in-demand Executive Coach to the great and the good in industry, public life and politics.

It was while working for Comedy Central, on the road with the late, great Joan Rivers, that Cally was nudged into the sphere of performance. Acting as an unofficial business event warm-up for Ms. Rivers, it was she (then 81) who told Cally she had what it took to be a stand-up; and so, as a 45 year old single parent, Cally first took to the stage. She has since become one of the UK’s most-booked professional comedians, with her unflinching, acerbic and intelligent brand of comedy. Cally’s TV and radio appearances include being a regular panellist on BBC’s QI as well as The Apprentice You’re Fired, Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity, The Unbelievable Truth and Saturday Live. She is a frequent guest and commentator on BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio London and Times Radio.


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