The Health Foundation has selected 18 senior leaders from across the UK to join GenerationQ, a leadership programme designed to develop their skills and knowledge, and enable them to successfully lead quality improvement in health care.

This is the ninth and final cohort of GenerationQ Fellows, and they come from a diverse range of organisations, including acute NHS trusts, mental health trusts, local councils, charities and social enterprises, and national organisations such as Sport England and NHS England.

The GenerationQ programme will equip the Fellows – who range from pharmacists and surgeons, to medical directors and strategy leads – with the skills needed to drive forward and lead improvements across health care pathways.

GenerationQ provides an innovative learning experience to develop Fellows’ personal, relational and technical skills in leading improvement, and develop strategies for resilience. It supports Fellows to confront the substantial challenges facing health and health care leaders today, and to put into practice a significant improvement project in their organisation.

The fellowship has a track record of developing senior leaders who understand how complex health systems work and who inspire others to transform health care quality and bring about sustainable, system-wide change.

The Fellows will spend 18 months on the fully-funded part-time programme to complete a postgraduate certificate in Leadership (Quality Improvement), with the option of completing an MSc. The fellowship is delivered in partnership with Ashridge Executive Education.

We’re delighted to announce the 18 new Fellows:

  • Andrew Graham, Public Health Consultant, Gateshead Council
  • Ann O’Leary, Assistant Director, Donor and Transplantation Services, Anthony Nolan
  • Caroline Johnson, Assistant Director of Quality Governance and Patient Safety, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  • Claire Hogg, Director of Service Improvement and Transformation, North Middlesex Hospital
  • Clara Day, Consultant Nephrologist and Associate Medical Director for Finance, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Helen Wensley, Programme Director – Strategy, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Isabel Smith, Clinical Director and Consultant Anaesthetist, The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jennifer Rusby, Consultant Surgeon, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Justin Earl, Associate Medical Director for Quality Improvement and Innovation, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Kheelna Bavalia, Associate Medical Director, London Region, NHS England
  • Olatokunbo Ogunbanjo, Chief Pharmacist, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Paula Scullin, Chair of Division/Consultant Medical Oncologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Rhian Slattery, Executive Lead for Improvement Practice, Livewell Southwest
  • Ruth O’Dowd, Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical Director Patient Safety, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Ryan Watkins, Chief of Service, Children and Women’s Division, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sarah Jenkins, Consultant Nephrologist/Renal Clinical Director, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah Phillips, Medical Director, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah Ruane, National Strategy Lead for Health, Sport England

Further reading


Changing leadership culture, one conversation at a time

3 December 2018

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