Committee

Evelyn Prodger

Evelyn Prodger - Chair of the CHA (interim)

I am a member of the Community Hospitals Association (CHA) Committee with a focus on Quality Improvement and  Innovation and Best Practice. Community Hospitals fulfil a vital role within the NHS but are often not represented in mainstream work. I am passionate about the added value Community Hospitals and staff working in them bring to local populations.

I qualified as a nurse in 1991 and went on to complete a BSc (Hons) Professional Practice and a MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner. My clinical background began in medicine, specifically elderly medicine, dermatology and haematology. As a senior nurse I have worked in elderly medicine, Community Hospitals, Responsive Services and as a Nurse Specialist for Older People supporting Care Homes. I was a General Manager in the NHS managing Community Hospitals and Urgent Care. In 2017 I was awarded my Queens Nurse Award. I am a member of Q and have a keen interest in quality improvement and people and practice development. 

I am currently the Clinical Services Director at St Michael's Hospice Hastings and Rother.

 

 
Julian Kerr

Julian Kerr

Jules is a committee member of the CHA, and is very keen to support the promotion of community hospitals and to share good practice.  Jules is a Nurse Consultant who is responsible for Petersfield Hospital in Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. His specialist practice is Care of Older People and End of Life Care.  Jules has developed an Advanced Practice Team and has developed a Rapid Assessment Unit for people with frailty. Jules is supporting staff with education and continuous professional development, and wants his community hospital to be a centre of excellence. He is highly active on social media, and has developed extensive networks of support around his community hospital. He has developed a plan for the hospital with his staff around the concept of a community hospital without walls.  Jules previously won an international fellowship to study Community Hospitals in Vancouver. He has done a masters degree and is now starting his PhD on Community Hospitals and Frailty, with the University of Portsmouth.

Trish Jay

Trish Jay

I am a returning committee member, having been previously a Committee Member of the CHA for 7 years. I am delighted to be involved again. I am a registered nurse who worked in a community hospital shortly after qualifying and since have been committed to demonstrating and advocating their valuable contribution to the healthcare provision in local communities. I have held a number of director posts in the NHS (community, specialist, mental health and learning disability services) and worked nationally as with a housing and care charity. I am currently supporting various NHS organisations with specific project development work and am a Governor and volunteer for a local charity who support people with disabilities through grants and building community connections.
Trish Jay

Helen Rowe

I am a Senior Ward Sister working in a South Somerset Community Hospital specialising in stroke rehabilitation. I am passionate about community hospitals and the values that the CHA works within and towards, particularly in sharing the role, function and potential of community hospitals with all. I have been privileged to have attended previous innovation and best practice conference as well as having been awarded an innovation and best practice award in both 2015 and 2019. I am studying for a diploma in operational and departmental management. I really feel that there is no better place to work than in a community hospital and I could not be more proud of my team, or enjoy my role more than I do!

Contact Helen at sisterhelenrowe@gmail.com

Sue Greenwood

Sue Greenwood

Sue Greenwood is a Modern Matron and Clinical lead at Cornwall Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust. Sue has long been an active supporter of the CHA, and has contributed to our forum and discussions.

Sue has been key to successfully establishing CATU (Community Assessment and Treatment Units) in community hospitals for frail elderly patients. For their CATU initiative Sue and her team attracted a commendation in CHA Innovations and Best Practice programme.

Sue Greenwood is a Queen's Nurse and has received an MBE for her services.

 
 

National Leads

Dr Alastair Noble

Dr Alastair Noble

I am the CHA National Lead for Scotland, and an Associate Committee member of the CHA.

I have had an extensive career combining my clinical work as a GP working in a community hospital with local health initiatives and with strategic work at a national level. I have been involved with community hospitals in Scotland for over 40 years, and was Chair and Committee member of Scottish Association of Community Hospitals (SACH). I am now Chair of SACH Alumni, and continue to support and promote community hospital services. I am an independent advisor to Health Boards in Scotland. I have received an MBE for my work on the integration of Health and Social Care in Nairnshire and also for conservation work in Nairnshire. I have been a Community Councillor in Nairnshire for 12 years with a special interest in community empowerment and locality planning/capacity.

Tom Brooks

Tom Brooks

I am the CHA National Lead for Wales, and an Associate Committee member of the CHA National Lead for Wales.

I am a retired management consultant who worked in the NHS across the UK as well as internationally in places such as Norway and Hong Kong. As an advocate for improving healthcare particularly in rural areas, I have served 6 years on a Community Health Council and 18 months as a Committee advisor to a Health Board in Wales. I have given evidence to several Parliamentary Select Committees. I am a committee member of the North Wales Healthcare Alliance, a consortium of community healthcare campaigning organisations in North Wales. I am a patient representative on the "NHS Rural Health & Care Wales steering committee", which commissions activities to improve patient healthcare outcomes in rural areas of Mid & West Wales.

Contact Tom at tom@communityhospitals.net

Dr Shauna Fannin

Dr Shauna Fannin

I am the CHA National Lead for Northern Ireland and am an Associate Committee member of the CHA. I am a senior GP partner working in Ballymoney Co. Antrim. Since I became a GP in 1989 I have worked in our local Community Hospital, the Robinson Memorial Hospital, and I have been Clinical Lead in the Hospital for over 10 years. I am also a Macmillan GP Facilitator in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. I am passionate about the value of Community Hospitals to local communities and to our entire system of health care. I am a member of our hospital's charitable trust board who continue to invest heavily in the hospital and who harness the wholehearted engagement of the local community.

Associate Committee Members

Jan Marriott

Jan Marriott

I am an Associate Committee member of the CHA, having been involved for many years, holding positions such as a Director, Chair and Vice-Chair and committee member. I am a registered nurse who is passionate about community hospitals. I was Matron for Evesham hospital, and responsible for the development for many innovative services there. I have also managed a number of community hospitals. I have held a variety of director posts in the NHS, voluntary and private sector. Following my retirement from the NHS seven years ago I continue to work harder than ever. I am currently Independent Co-Chair of the Gloucestershire Learning Disability and Physical Disability/Sensory Impairment Partnership Boards and Independent Chair of the Gloucestershire Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board. I am a Non-Executive Director with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, which has seven community hospitals.

Chris Humphris
 

Chris Humphris

I am an Associate  committee member of the CHA. I have recently stepped down as Chair (2018- May 2022).   I have experience across a wide range of NHS, Social Care, and other services both as a provider and as a commissioner.  I have managed community hospitals and community services across the England including Northumberland, Cambridge, Norfolk and Warwickshire.  I have also worked in the private sector managing an organisation providing care homes. In the past I held the position of CEO of a PCT, and also held the position of Associate Director of Adult Social Care.  I have experience of strategic planning for community hospitals, and working with a wide range of stakeholders.   Contact Chris at chrishumphris@communityhospitals.net   

Liz Fenton

Liz Fenton

I am an Associate Committee member of the CHA and a Registered Nurse. I have been involved with the CHA for 15 years.

I am the Deputy Chief Nurse for Health Education England and have held a number of clinical and leadership roles including at board level. I am also a specialist advisor with the care quality commission and an accreditation surveyor for CHKS. I represent the CHA on CHKS. I have a masters degree in advancing healthcare practice. In 2017 I was awarded the title Queens Nurse.

I am a Senior Ward Sister working in a South Somerset Community Hospital specialising in stroke rehabilitation. I am passionate about community hospitals and their role in the local health and care system.

Dr Emma Gibbard

Dr Emma Gibbard

I am an Associate Committee member of the CHA. I am Research Impact Manager at the University of Bath - read more. I am member of Q, Health Foundation and lead the Special Interest Group on Evaluation. I have been a council member of the UK Evaluation Society.

Jennifer Prodger

Jennifer Prodger

I have worked for the past four years working at Evesham Community Hospital as the Doctor covering Stroke, Palliative Care and Elderly care patients. During this time I have taken my Diploma in geriatric medicine. I have also continued to locum Out of Hours in Hereford and for GP Practices. I have implemented a educational programme for GP trainees in palliative care, geriatrics and stroke rehabilitation. I believe that being part of the CHA will really help me as a GP have a wider perspective and a sounding board regarding issues that I encounter as a Clinical Director, particularly giving informed opinions/advice of strategy. There is a risk that being a GP in a community hospital it can be quite isolating unless you form networks and teams. I am pleased to be part of the CHA and its networks.
Dr Andrew Wheeler

Dr Andrew Wheeler

I am an Associate Committee member of the CHA. I am the Clinical Director of Community Hospitals in Gloucestershire. I supervise a mixed doctor/ANP model at a hospital in the Forest of Dean and also work as a sessional GP. I am interested in good governance, new ways of working, and ensuring people get the right care in the right place.

Katie Scott

Katie Scott

I am the CHA Lead for the "Community Voice" and an Associate Committee member of the CHA.

My background is in education having been a Head of English and an Education Consultant supporting schools. I am part of a community action group, making the case for the re-instatement of our beds in our community hospital. I play a lead role in the group, and provided evidence to the County Council Scrutiny Committee which resulted in a referral to the Secretary of State. The response from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to the Secretary of State was to instruct the local NHS to undertake a review, which was required to include the retention of the community beds as an option. Throughout our campaign for our local health services I have learnt a lot about the role of community hospitals, and the need for local hospitals especially in rural communities. I hope I can be of help to other communities who find themselves in similar positions and need assistance to voice their views with regard to their local health and social care services.

Dr Roy Sharma

Dr Roy Sharma

I am an Associate committee member of the CHA, and the official photographer for CHA events.

I was a GP in practice for 33 years in Gloucestershire, during which I worked at Lydney & District Hospital and I am now a sessional GP working in general practice and in acute units as a GPwSI. I was a team member of a group tasked to reduce paperwork in NHS General Practice. Patients not Paper – an efficiency scrutiny for the cabinet office. My first degree was the University of Cambridge, and I attained my medical degree at the Welsh National School of Medicine. I am currently the Medical Director for a Hospice.

Dr Roy Sharma

Eleanor Murphy

CHA Administrator

Eleanor is the new CHA Administrator offering support to the CHA team. She has a wide range of experience with over 16 years’ working with people with disabilities in supported employment, as well as project development and quality checking roles. She ran Boss Employment CIC for 6 years promoting employment for people with learning disabilities - delivering interactive workshops to encourage and inspire people to see paid work as a valid option. An experienced TSI trained Job Coach, Eleanor is passionate about equality of opportunity and supporting people with disabilities to reach their potential by identifying steps to success. Eleanor has a BMus and is currently completing a Dip in Health and Social Care. She is delighted to be involved with the association and looks forward to working with the team.  eleanor@communityhospitals.net