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Our Trustees

Mr Paul Vaughan, Regional Director, RCN West Midlands

Mr Paul Vaughan, Regional Director, RCN West Midlands

Paul is currently employed as a Regional Director with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Leading and managing the RCN services in the West Midlands, Paul works with key stakeholders to ensure the needs of RCN members within the region are met and the interests of nurses, HCAs and nursing are promoted and protected.
Engaging members in the work of the RCN is a key focus for Paul. Through his conception and delivery of the Local Learning Event Programme (branch engagement) and the Cultural Ambassadors Programme (addressing concerns of BME members with the disciplinary and grievance process) the region has gained a reputation for listening to members and working with them to deliver positive change.
Previously, Paul was the RCN’s HCA Adviser, offering advice to HCAs, Assistant Practitioners (AP) and employers on issues relating to the employment and development of these roles. He also made a significant contribution to the development of the HCA role in general practice through his role as the National Project Manager with the Working in Partnership Programmes (WiPP), Health Care Assistant Initiative.
Paul is currently studying for a Masters in Management with the University of Liverpool and intends to focus his dissertation on the role of the ward leader in raising concerns and whistle-blowing.

Mr Brian Toner, Retired Director of Transformation, Dementia and Older Peoples Services, Birmingham Mental Health Trust

Mr Brian Toner, Retired Director of Transformation, Dementia and Older Peoples Services, Birmingham Mental Health Trust

I retired in April 2013 from Birmingham Mental Health Trust, where latterly I was Director of Transformation (Dementia and Older Peoples Services). I worked in Birmingham since 1997 in a range of Director posts, all of which included older people services in one way or another, and prior to this I worked in Scotland, Wales and at the beginning of my career, in Cheshire.
In addition to my experience in operational management I have also been involved in service planning, redesign and monitoring, having worked alongside colleagues in the Welsh and Scottish Offices, the Scottish Hospitals Advisory Service and the NHS Confederation’s Older People’s Advisory Group. Immediately prior to moving to Birmingham I was the Community Care Director for Dumfries & Galloway Health Board, following 7 years as their Director of Nursing for Mental Health. Since retiring I have joined the Board of BCOP and of course the IAH.
I am very much a people person and over my career I gained a track record of successfully implementing change through stakeholder involvement, creating a sense of ‘ownership’ in staff and service users. I have a Masters in Human Resource Management and applied the theory to support my approach to change management. I also enjoy teaching and have presented on a range of subjects, to a range of audiences.
During the past three years directly up to my retirement, I worked in the area of service review and redesign, working alongside Commissioners and other provider organisations. I am very aware of the challenges facing our region over the next 15 years, as our elderly population numbers grow, bringing increasing demands on our statutory and 3rd sector care services, and calling for greater partnership in service delivery. I am a firm believer in; communities being supported to help themselves; greater flexibility in the service choices on offer and the potential brought about by changes in local commissioning, to encourage more innovative partnerships and service delivery. My intention is to continue to champion older people’s issues, albeit now from the ‘backbench’!

Ms Bernie Keenan, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University

Ms Bernie Keenan, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University

Ms Bernie Keenan, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University

Upon completion of my nurse training I gained clinical experience at The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases & the Kings College Hospitals group in London. During this period, I completed a first degree at The London School of Economics & Political Science.
I moved to Birmingham in 1985 to undertake a Sisters post at West Heath Hospital and subsequently Clinical Nurse Specialist posts at The Manor Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital. During this period, I completed an MSc at Birmingham University. From 1987-2006 I held a Lecturer/Practitioner post at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust & Birmingham City University and I am currently a full time Senior Lecturer at the University and Programme leader for the Postgraduate Case Management of Long Term Conditions course. I am a research peer reviewer for the Department of Health National Institute for Health Research: Research for patient benefit programme and represent Nursing and Public & Patient Involvement on the Birmingham & Black Country Comprehensive Local Research Network Executive. My own research and publications are focussed on the care of older people in the Acute General Hospital setting.

Dr Adam Cleary, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University

Dr Adam Cleary, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University

Dr Adam Cleary Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust service for Older People and Raid Psychiatric Liaison Service, City Hospital. Honorary Lecturer, University of Birmingham doctoral programme in Clinical Psychology.
Adam has twenty years’ experience working in the NHS and other organisations in various mental health, health and social care settings. Since completing the Doctoral programme at the University of Birmingham in 2002 Adam has worked in community mental health and in-patient services for older people in the West Midlands and more recently in liaison psychiatry at City Hospital in Birmingham. He has a particular interest in working with complex and challenging mood and affective disorders in later life and application of psychological thinking to better understanding and working with people with dementia, neuro-cognitive impairment and long term health conditions. Adam is also a registered KUF (Knowledge and Understanding) trainer promoting better understanding and effective working with people with personality disorder in later life and across the lifespan.
Adam has published research in the fields of dementia, personality disorder and learning disability and has unpublished written articles on recovery and person-centred care, compassion and on understanding organisations and the importance of teamwork in services which support older people. Adam states ‘my aim is to improve the quality of older people’s experience of health and social care both directly through my clinical work and indirectly by challenging ageism and supporting and developing practitioner attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviours. I believe that by listening better to the experiences of older people and connecting their past and current experiences in their social context we can alleviate their distress and promote better outcomes both for them and for those helping them’.

Ms Sue Lillyman, Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester

Ms Sue Lillyman, Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester

I began my nursing career in Worcester and gained my midwifery qualification in Walsall. I worked in ITU and Gynaecology before specialising in the care of older people and in 1989 entered nurse education at the Selly Oak School of Nursing as a staff development offer.
Through the years, I have taught across a variety of programmes and at all academic levels. My specialist areas in teaching include nursing older people, reflective practice, clinical supervision, professional practice issues, mentoring and assessing and caring for people with long term conditions. I am currently a senior lecturer at the University of Worcester and an author and co-author, of numerous articles and books on health care practice.
I am also an experienced volunteer, having spent three years (2000 to 2003) doing voluntary work with Union Biblica in Peru where I worked with street boys in towns and provided medical care in the jungle. I am on the board of directors for Age Concern Gloucestershire and I am an affiliated consultant with Reflective learning-UK.

Dr Ruth Pearce, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Dr Ruth Pearce, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Dr Ruth Pearce, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Ruth is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. She nursed clinically for 11 years on intensive care units throughout Birmingham including general, trauma and burns, cardiac and liver specialties. Ruth has held lecturing and senior lecturing posts at the University of Birmingham and the University of Worcester.
In 2014 Ruth completed a Doctorate in Education (Leaders and Leadership) at the University of Birmingham. The thesis explored learning how to lead through engaging with enquiry based learning as a threshold process. An aspect of the thesis was disseminated at the Nurse Education Today conference in September 2014.
Ruth was Chair of the Association of Advanced Practice Educators - UK (AAPE) from 2014-2016 having previously and since been a committee member. As part of her work at AAPE-UK Ruth is on the Health Education England Steering Group which aims to develop a National Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice. This follows on from her work with Health Education England (West Midlands Branch) which developed a framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in 2015.
Further to this work, Ruth is on the Queen's Nursing Institute Committee to develop voluntary standards for General Practice Nursing in association with the NMC, RCGP, RCN and the Department of Health.
Ruth has published research on social isolation, creative arts in rural communities and the ethics of surveillance. She presented her findings at the RCN Ethics Seminar on the use of surveillance cameras in July 2016.

Mrs Linda Playford, Lead Nurse Older Adults, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation

Mrs Linda Playford, Lead Nurse Older Adults, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation

I am Clinical Director for Dementia and Frailty for the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Nurse Consultant in inpatient and community teams, leading clinically effective services for older people in Birmingham and Solihull.
I have worked for several mental health trusts across the wider West Midlands area and have been key to significant service change, particularly in older people's mental health service redesign and workforce transformation. Having significant clinical expertise, I have demonstrated commitment to improving mental health services for people living with dementia and frailty over the past 20 years.

Mrs Greta Alleyne, Lead Nurse Older Adults, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation

Mrs Greta Alleyne, Lead Nurse Older Adults, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation

Mrs Margaret Harries, Lead Nurse Older Adults, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation

Mrs Margaret Harries, Lead Nurse Older Adults, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation

Dr Peter Mayer, Retired Consultant Geriatrician

Dr Peter Mayer, Retired Consultant Geriatrician

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