Meet the members of the Quality Team here:
Debbie Simmons, Nurse Director
Debbie has over 30 years experience working in the NHS. Her career spans across roles in nursing, midwifery and health visiting and for many years she has specialised in the field of safeguarding children. Debbie has previously worked as Assistant Director for Quality and Clinical Excellence in Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
Debbie is the Berkshire West CCG Federation Nurse Director, where she is the Executive lead for Quality and safeguarding.
Jane Thomson, Assistant Director of Quality and Nursing
Jane has nearly 15 years experience in the NHS. She studied and gained her BSc (Hons) Nursing in 2003 and worked at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital in acute medicine before relocating to North East England. She gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Independent and Supplementary Nurse prescribing whilst working with the area of Substance Misuse. She then relocated to Surrey to join Surrey Primary Care Trust as part of Primary Care Education team. Following the cessation of the service, she them moved into clinical pathway project management. During 2013 she was part of assuring the handover of the Quality agenda from PCT to Clinical Commissioning Groups. Jane joined Berkshire West CCG in 2016 as Assistant Director of Quality and Nursing and brings with it a wealth of experience and a passion for ensuring a high standard of patient care.
Simon Hawkins, Quality Improvement Lead
Simon has over 12 years of experience in the NHS, before working in Quality he worked in Probity at Thames Valley Primary Care Agency focusing on Primary Care Optometry. In 2013 he joined Central Southern CSU working in Quality for Berkshire East CCGs where the team was then brought in house and Simon developed to become the Quality Lead for Mental Health, Community and Urgent Care. Simon has joined Berkshire West CCGs as Quality Improvement Lead with a lead on Urgent Care. Over his years in the NHS, Simon has created a number of database systems to streamline and automate processes to support the work of the team.
Saima Hussain-Sheikh, Quality Improvement Support Officer
Saima has nearly ten years of experience in the NHS. With a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Criminology Saima began her career in the private sector providing nursing staff to the healthcare sector. It was here where she developed a passion for the NHS and decided to work for an acute trust in incident management. Saima has a wealth of experience in clinical audit, risk management, clinical governance and quality improvement. Saima joined Berkshire West CCGs in February 2017 and is committed to supporting the providers in delivering the quality agenda.
Michaela Hooper, Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for East and West Berkshire CCGs
Michaela has 33 years of experience in the NHS and is a registered general nurse (RGN) with significant experience in ENT and Ophthalmology in-patient care, and infection prevention and control nursing. She completed a MSc in Patient Safety at Thames Valley University (the course was led by the authors of the EPIC guidelines) when commencing her infection prevention and control role in a local hospital back in 2007. She started in the CCG infection control role in February 2016 and works closely with infection control colleagues, microbiologists and all practice staff in this role.
Veebha Desai, Quality Administrator
Veebha has more than ten years working experience in the NHS. She was born and brought up in Malaysia and gained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, with a minor in Advertising from California State University.
Her work experience within the PR field includes working with a 4 star hotel, a Telecommunication company and as a PR Exec for an Incineration Firm. She moved to the UK in 2006 and embarked on her journey of working with the NHS. She worked with the Contract Performance Team at Thames Valley Primary Care Agency and managed the Berkshire Wide administration of the GP Appraisal process. She also assisted in the administration process of the Quality Outcomes Framework for GP Practices and the Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework which involved analysing, monitoring submissions and undertaking monitoring visits. Veebha also worked at NHS England (Regional team) with the Medical Directorate and the Quality Team at the South Central & West Commissioning Support Unit (CSU). Her role with the CSU was then in-housed by the Berkshire West CCGs. She is very passionate about working for the NHS and contributing to the health and wellbeing of thousands of people.
Amy Gore-Cooke, Quality Administrator
Amy has over 15 years experience working for the NHS. She first started working on the ‘bank’ in 1998 during the summer holidays, whilst she wasn’t at college. She covered an array of departments including Paediatrics, X-Ray and Medical Records. In 2002 she became a permanent member of staff in the Day Surgery Unit at Ashford Hospital, working as a Receptionist where she stayed for over six years. In 2008, having gained a wealth of experience, Amy climbed the career ladder and joined the very demanding and busy department of Cancer Services at St Peter’s Hospital, as an MDT Coordinator. In this time Amy covered all tumour groups and for this reason, was in charge of the departments training for new members of staff, however she specialised in Breast and Urology. Amy has now joined Berkshire West CCGs as a Quality Administrator, providing support to the Quality team on a daily basis.