Rachel joined Wessex AHSN in 2014 leading the Respiratory Quality Improvement Programme to national recognition by winning several nationally recognised HSJ and Patient Safety Awards. In 2016 she joined the Wealth & Enterprise Team as the Associate Director to set-up the Wessex International Healthcare Consortium with Healthcare UK and in 2018 she took up the role of Associate Director for Primary Care Innovation; creating the Wessex Primary Care Demonstrator Site Programme to enhance collaboration between NHS clinicians and private sector innovators, with a focus on digital health innovation.
Rachel started her career as a Podiatrist, gaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatric Medicine and specialising in biomechanics, becoming the Clinical Lead for the Isle of Wight and Extended Scope Podiatrist for the Orthopaedic multi-professional triage team. She has a mixture of an NHS and private international clinical career and in 2008 decided to change direction and pursue a career in strategic management working in a variety of roles across the public sector. Headhunted twice for her trouble shooting skills, Rachel has successfully programme managed high profiled transformation programmes, working directly with central government departments such as Department of Health and Department for Education. She has developed and implemented multi-agency improvement plans, led innovative service redesign projects and written organisational strategies to drive quality improvement and partnership working across agencies.
Rachel has a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Strategic Commissioning, an MSc in Leadership in Health & Wellbeing and is close to completing her Professional Doctorate in Health Science at the University of Portsmouth.
Rachel is regularly invited to judge for national awards including HSJ Value in Healthcare, Nursing Times Awards and the HSJ Awards. In 2015, Rachel was a finalist for the prestigious HSJ Rising Star award.
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