Occupation: Director of Pathway Integration (non-voting attendee)
Helen joined the NHS in 1988 as a general management trainee. She has a wide range of experience within the NHS. She started work in London, where she worked in acute, community, and mental health posts; across a mixture of corporate and operational roles. Helen moved to Leeds in 1994 and worked at the Nuffield Institute for Health; working on a series of research and development projects. She then worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for many years, both on emergency services redesign and on planned care improvements.
Since moving to commissioning, Helen has had a couple of different roles. She was formerly NHS Leeds West CCG’s lead for acute commissioning for the city. After which, she became head of commissioning for planned care and long term conditions for the newly formed NHS Leeds CCG. Her particular interest is in ensuring improved care for patients where their pathways cross between multiple providers.
Helen has served as a school governor and is currently vice-chair of a local welfare charity. As a Leeds resident, who is also an informal carer and a parent, she has direct experience of the NHS in Leeds and is committed to working to create ongoing improvement.