After 16 years in mainstream NHS organisations, Tina Teague left NEW Devon CCG to take up the post of Chief Operating Officer for East Devon Health (EDH) in September 2016. EDH is a newly established federation in Devon with a membership of 13 practices, covering just over 120,000 patients. She is working closely with the Federation Chair to develop the federation into a well-established, viable organisation. Currently EDH’s main focus is to develop and deliver a range of projects on the use of technology to improve healthcare after a successful Estates and Technology Transformation Fund bid.
Tina’s experience includes senior commissioning in PCTs and CCGs. Tina has also worked in the acute sector, with previous operational roles in Cancer Services and Cardiology Services in local acute trusts. Before leaving the CCG, Tina led the transforming community services programme for the Eastern Locality in NEW Devon CCG.
A Pharmacist, Behaviour Change Specialist and National Public Health Trainer, Darush Attar-Zadeh has specialised in the field of smoking cessation for 20 years.
He has presented at various national and international conferences (including PCRS, Clinical Pharmacy Congress, HPE Live, and UKNSCC) and was asked to help review the National Training Standards for Smoking Cessation
Darush has published more than 15 clinical papers, including information on respiratory inhaler devices and smoking cessation treatments in peer-reviewed journals.
He enjoys running, and raising money for respiratory and cardiac charities. One of his missions is to reduce health inequalities caused by tobacco, and he spends a lot of his time teaching in deprived locations across the UK.
Carol Stonham qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1986 in Bristol and has worked in Primary Care in Gloucestershire since 1990. Following 26 years working as a Nurse Practitioner in General Practice, she now works at Gloucestershire CCG on the Respiratory Clinical Programme Group as Senior Nurse Practitioner (respiratory), as well as running a locality-based FeNO service. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring.
She is an active member of PCRS, and is Vice Chair of the organisation and of the Education Committee. She is the Primary Care Nurse Representative for the National COPD Audit, UK Inhaler Group and UK Lung Cancer Coalition. She has also been awarded the Queen’s Nurse title and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in 2016 for Services to Nursing and Healthcare.
Fin McCaul is currently the Long-Term Conditions Lead for Bury CCG. He works with GPs, primary care providers and secondary care providers to improve the pathways for clinicians and outcomes for patients. The focus is on collaboration and integration, ensuring the commissioner gets best value and the patients get the best care.
Graduated from the Liverpool School of Pharmacy in 1986, he has practiced pharmacy for most of his career and is also Managing Director of Prestwich Pharmacy in Manchester. Fin was a past founder and Chairman of the Independent Pharmacy Federation and now represents Pharmacists on PSNC.
Fin was awarded fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2016 for his service to pharmacy.
Kat Lewer is a Service Development Officer at Southampton City CCG. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and went on to complete the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson post-graduate diploma.
She is the commissioning lead for Respiratory provision in Southampton. Kat is proactively working with the Integrated COPD Service and other key stakeholders to review existing respiratory pathways. The CCG’s aim is to develop efficient and new ways of working; with particular emphasis on accurate diagnosis, self-management initiatives (including the use of care technology) and targeted management of frequent attenders.