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Meet the Trust Innovation Leaders

With the addition of the graduates from the Summer 2013 course and the latest group of Trust Innovation Leaders (TILs) now mid-way through the Spring 2014 NISW TIL Diploma training programme, there are now nearly 50 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds acting as leaders for innovation in their organisations. As before, they are drawn from a range of roles and are part of an ongoing commitment by NHS Innovations South West to help build a comprehensive network of innovation champions across the South West region actively supported by our Business Development Managers.

The TILs act as catalysts for innovation and commercial activities within their respective organisations and they will seek out and help inventors to develop and commercialise new exciting innovations that will lead to a significant improvement in patient care / outcomes and can generate external revenue streams for their organisations in line with "Innovation, Health & Wealth". They will also help to support adoption of those service-based innovations that lead to an improvement in patient care, lower costs and / or increased efficiencies and help promote them within and across the regions 3 AHSNs.

Find Trust Innovation Leaders in your area

Avon & Wilts Mental Health Partnership

Rachel Clark

Rachel joined Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust as Head of Innovations and Sustainable Business Solutions in June 2010, having previously been the TIL at United Hospitals Bristol Trust.  In this new and unique post, Rachel supports colleagues involved in both product and service innovation and has been responsible for developing the Trust Innovation Strategy, which aims to create a supportive environment which enables widespread engagement with innovation through a problem solving approach.  Strategic development of innovation supports AWP's ambitions to provide services that are recovery-focused, high quality and leading edge.


Email rachel.clark@awp.nhs.uk   Telephone 0117 378 4236

Newlands Anning

Newlands is Head of Professions & Practice, Swindon locality and the Innovation Development Lead within AWP

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Tobit Emmens

Tobit has a strong research background  and is now the Managing Partner, Research & Innovation in the Business Innovation Service Transformation Team at Devon Partnership NHS Trust.  He is also an Honorary University Fellow at the Institute of Health Service Research at Exeter Medical School.

Contact: tobit.emmens@nhs.net  Tel: 01392 674112

Dorset Healthcare University NHS FT

Jodi Brown

I am the Head of Innovation for Dorset HealthCare. My background is in specialist health promotion, behavioural medicine and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I joined Dorset HealthCare in 2008 as a CBT Practitioner in the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, providing evidence-based talking therapies in primary care to people with depression and anxiety disorders. I took on a secondment opportunity in a leadership role to set-up the newly commissioned IAPT service in Southampton and then progressed to Clinical Lead and Service Manager of East Dorset IAPT service. I have always enjoyed getting involved in service development and transformation, so I was thrilled to be asked to get involved in Dorset HealthCare's new drive for innovation.  Our current focus is to nurture a culture for innovation through our Trust wide ideas and engagement platform: "i-matter". Dorset HealthCare is lucky to have a dedicated innovation team who are committed to developing the best ideas on i-matter into projects and tangible outcomes for the benefits of our patients strategy.

Contact: jodi.brown@dhuft.nhs.uk  Tel: 01305 361417

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT

Catherine Boyce

Catherine Boyce joined the NHS as a graduate trainee, having studied modern languages at University.  She worked in a number of service planning and strategy development roles in the South West, at hospital and countywide level. Her current role of Clinical Strategy Manager involves her in a wide variety of activities, including service reconfiguration projects, other projects and strategy development.   She works closely with public health colleagues in the NHS and partner agencies and with other external stakeholder in areas relating to health improvement and sustainable development.   She combines this role with that of Trust Innovation Leader.


Email catherine.boyce@glos.nhs.uk   Telephone 08454 222800

Edward Iles

Ed works in Learning & Development for the Trust and is based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.  He has extensive IT skills and has already developed a number of innovative new  e-learning materials and systems for the trust.

Contact: edward.iles@glos.nhs.uk  Tel: 0300 422 6093


Gemma Race

Gemma is currently the Commercial Trial Facilitator within R&D at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust and as well as ongoing liaison with commercial organisations running clinical trials she is now joining the Trust Innovation Lead team at the trust.

Contact: gemma.race@glos.nhs.uk  Tel:  0300 422 5464

NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Naomi Campbell

Naomi has been front-line nursing for 30 years, specialising in urgent care. She works  part time as a Minor Injury Unit Nurse at Falmouth Community Hospital and as part of that role developed the newly formed Paediatric Emergency Care Network which has been meeting reguarly for two years and includes representatives from Cornwall and Derriford A&E consultants, MIU nurses, acute and community paediatric nurses and paramedic and out of hours representatives.
Naomi has a long standing interest in and has championed the cause for proper hydration to be established as a key priority in all care settings.  She has been involved in national groups and a Parliamentary Commission into provison of hydration, has recently been given a newly created post as 'Hydration Lead' for a full time secondment to allow her to focus on developing the 'Cornwall Hydration Project' supported by her local organisation and Research department.


Email naomi.campbell@pch-cic.nhs.uk   Telephone 01326 567235

NHS Dorset

Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard has been working for NHS Dorset since September 2010 as Dementia Project Manager. She is responsible for shaping and developing dementia services across health and social care settings. Since 1991 Sarah has worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in a variety of in-patient and community settings. Her successes include developing an intermediate care service, integrating OT services within a mental health setting and leading OT teams for several years. She also has been involved in influencing the curriculum and lecturing on OT undergraduate courses in Dorset and Hampshire.


Email sarah.howard@dhuft.nhs.uk   Telephone 01305 762556

Robert Payne

Rob is an experienced NHS Commissioner with over 20 years experience. He has worked in clinical nursing, public health, research, education and service improvement. As an NHS leader he has successfully led a number of service improvement teams. Rob is interested in the development of community partnerships to improve public health. He has a number of innovation interests in the fields of self-care, personalisation, long term condition management, telehealth, risk profiling, community rehabilitation and leisure.


Email robert.payne@dorset-pct.nhs.uk   Telephone 01305 213516

Christopher Miller

Chris is the Trust Innovation Lead and the Research Manager at Dorset County Hospital.  He has considerable experience of intellectual property (IP) management and has previously led the IP management teams at the Natural Environment Research Council and also Bournemouth University. He has also led a number of national initiatives, such as the Research Council Business Plan Competition and the BBSRC Young Entrepreneurs Scheme which have been designed to train scientists in the commercialisation of scientific innovations.


Email christopher.miller@dchft.nhs.uk   Telephone 01305 255298

David Woodridge

David has come from a commercial, non NHS background and has recently joined the Innovation Team in Dorset and is based at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester

Contact: david.woodridge@dchft.nhs.uk  Tel: 01305 251150



North Bristol NHS Trust

Elizabeth Dymond

Elizabeth is the Innovation Manager at North Bristol NHS Trust which covers approximately 8000 staff working in acute and primary care settings.

Elizabeth is a medical engineer by background with many years' experience in the NHS as well as freelance consultancy work. She is responsible for product innovation and advising on IP issues including research submissions and contracts. Elizabeth has developed and is currently implementing the new innovation strategy for NBT.


Email elizabeth.dymond@nbt.nhs.uk   Telephone 0117 323 6468

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Kurt De Freitas

As a Health Technology Planner based in the Healthcare Science and Technology Directorate at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Kurt De Freitas is aiming to improve the way the hospital adopts new technology. Kurt is involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Plymouth. This project is aimed at improving the way services are delivered in the future by exploring the potential of emerging technologies in healthcare, and embedding systems that support technology adoption into the hospital.


Email kurt.defreitas@nhs.net   Telephone 01752 431347

Helen Neilens

Dr. Helen Neilens is a Research Advisor at the trust and is based on Tamar Science Park at Derriford and is now expanding her role to become more  involved in innovation activities at the Trust.

Contact: email. hneilens@nhs.net  Tel. 01752 (4)39991


Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Frazer Underwood

Judith Richards

Judith works in strategy and business development at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and will be adding innovation development to her role.

Contact: judith.richards@rcht.cornwall.nhs.uk  Tel: 01872 250000


Royal Devon & Exeter NHS FT

Christopher Gardner

Chris Gardner is the Research Manager and lead for technology innovation and intellectual property at the Trust. 
He began his career in the NHS in Finance and Contracting and in 1999 was appointed as R&D Business Manager at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.  He was a member of the project team for the creation of the Peninsula Medical School in 2000/01.  Chris gained his Masters in Clinical Research in 2006, whilst working full-time as R&D Manager for the RD&E.  In 2007 he completed the 18 month training programme in Innovation and Change Management run by NHS Innovations South West, PERA and the Chartered Management Institute which generated the first group of TILs. 


Email chris.gardner@rdeft.nhs.uk   Telephone 01392 403017

Salisbury NHS FT

Carol Read

Carol is the newest member of the TIL network, taking up the post of Trust Innovation Lead for Salisbury NHS FT in September 2011.  Prior to this, in her role of Widening Participation Lead within the Education Team at Salisbury, she led a successful application for a training excellence award, managed an e-learning centre, and set up innovative education programmes for clinical and non-clinical staff. She joined the NHS in 1993, working first as a clinical nurse in surgery, radiology, adult and neonatal intensive care and joined the education department in 2003. Before joining the NHS Carol worked in the financial services industry for 12 years.

Contact: carol.read@salisbury.nhs.uk Tel: 01722 336262



Email carol.read@salisbury.nhs.uk   Telephone 01722 336262 x 2345

Robert Drag

Rob is Contracts Manager within Procurement at Salisbury Hospital and is working with Carol Read to develop new innovation practices and processes within the Trust.

Contact: robert.drag@salisbury.nhs.uk  Tel: 01722 429322


South Devon Healthcare Trust

Darren Woodall

Darren currently works for South Devon Healthcare Trust as an Innovation Practitioner, having started his healthcare career some 20 years ago as a Theatre Practitioner. He has worked clinically in many areas from Operating Theatres to Intensive Care units and seven years ago was employed as a Clinical Skills Facilitator under the Centre for Innovation and Training in short-stay Elective Care (CITEC) Programme. This included creating a "hub" of best practice for day surgery and short-stay hospital care.  He then undertook the NHS Institute of Innovation & Improvements innovation practitioners training course, and has been practicing ever since.

Darren was fortunate to be part of the project group which helped the development of the state of the art Horizon Centre based at Torbay Hospital which now holds some of the most advanced training arenas in the country. His key interests are in all that is Innovation ; be it new products, developing new processes or improving present services for the healthcare community.


Email darren.woodall@nhs.net   Telephone 01803 656655

South West Ambulance Service Trust

David Partlow

I am a Paramedic and Emergency Care Practitioner and have been in the ambulance service for 17 1/2 years. 
I have a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies from Plymouth University, a BSc. (Hons) in Emergency and Urgent care Practice from Bournemouth University and a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University.

As Clinical Development Manager with South Western Ambulance Service, I am part of a small team who are responsible for the clinical delivery of pre-hospital urgent and emergency care.  The role includes developing clinical pathways and guidance for operational staff to ensure patients receive the appropriate care, in the right place at the right time and by the clinician best placed to deliver it.  We work to ensure that the ambulance service is engaged with other partners in health and social care to integrate services, reduce duplication and ensure that pathways are available for ambulance staff to reduce any inappropriate admissions. I am also responsible for the management of Infection Prevention and Control within the Trust.


Torbay Care Trust

Ann Redmayne

Ann has worked continuously in the NHS since 1974 in a variety of roles, including clinical, managerial and more recently as the commissioner and service development manager of mental health services for Torbay Care Trust.
Ann has worked within mental health services for the last six years and has developed healthy working relationships with primary, secondary care and social care colleagues, third sector providers and users and carers. This has enabled her to be instrumental in making innovative changes to improve mental health services and improve the experience and recovery outcomes for people who use services and their carers.


Email ann.redmayne@nhs.net   Telephone 07825 027562

University Hospitals Bristol Trust (UHBT)

Elizabeth Dymond

As well as being the Innovation Manager at North Bristol NHS Trust, Elizabeth is also now fulfilling the same role at UHBT and works part time at each location.

Elizabeth is a medical engineer by background with many years' experience in the NHS and is responsible for product innovation, advising on IP issues, and implementation of trust innovation strategy.


Email elizabeth.dymond@nbt.nhs.uk   Telephone 0117 323 6468