The SCNs is led by a Clinical Director and is supported by an Associate Director, with strong involvement from patients, carers and members of the public. The SCNs contributes towards the delivery of the NHS England Mandate and NHS Outcomes Framework domains and cross cutting areas of work:

Strategic Clinical Networks work in partnership with commissioners (including local government), supporting their decision making and strategic planning, by working across the boundaries of commissioner, provider and voluntary organisations as a vehicle for improvement for patients, carers and the public. In this way, Strategic Clinical Networks will:

  • reduce unwarranted variation in health and well-being services
  • encourage innovation in how services are provided now and in the future
  • provide clinical advice and leadership to support their decision making and strategic planning.

SCNs focus on priority areas: Cancer, Cardiovascular (including Diabetes and Stroke), Maternity, Children & Young People, Mental health (including CAMHS and Perinatal Mental Health) and Dementia. Threaded through these areas are spreading good practice; advancing equality and tackling health inequalities; palliative and end of life care; patients, carers and public engagement.

Our team is led by a Clinical Director and is supported by an Associate Director, with strong involvement from patients, carers and members of the public.

Dr Peter Elton - Clinical Director

Peter, in addition to being Clinical Director of the Network, is Public Health Advisor to Stockport Local Authority and member of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).  Before becoming clinical director, Peter had been in public health for 36 years and Director of Public Health for 18 years. He was the lead for the North-west Regional Offender Health Team for 12 years. He has had a long-standing interest in smoking having set up a smoking cessation service in North Manchester in 1984 and was the Greater Manchester public health lead on smoking. He has had management experience having been director of community services in North Manchester for 7 years. He has chaired Outreach Community and Residential Services (for people with learning disability or chronic mental health) for the last 30 years. He has had about 40 papers published in peer reviewed journals.

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Dr Farzin Fath-Ordoubadi - Cardiac Clinical Lead

Faz is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, based at CMFT, who did his medical school training at St. Mary's Hospital, London and Cambridge university, qualifying in 1988 and his cardiology training at Hammersmith, St. Marys and Brompton Hospital. The SCNs Clinical Lead role adds to existing roles of Clinical Director of Manchester Heart Centre (CMFT) and British Cardiac Society/Royal College of Physicians Network advisor.

Dr Khalil Kawafi - Stroke Clinical Lead

Khalil has been working as Consultant Physician with an interest in care of the elderly and stroke, at Pennine Acute Hospital Trust.  He is the stroke lead at Pennine and has overseen the development of its centre (based at Fairfield site) which became one of the 3 Hyperacute Stroke centres, as part of Greater Manchester's innovative hub and spoke hyperacute stroke model (which commenced in April 2010).


Dr Naresh Kanumilli - Diabetes Clinical Lead 

A GP in Northenden Group Practice and Clinical Lead for Diabetes in the SCN.  Naresh is involved in a number of pieces of work that include a Diabetes Prevention Programme aiming to address prevention on three levels: onset; progression and complications. Specific outputs to achieve this ambition will be the formulation of Care Plans for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and also the development of a Patient Care Plan that can be adapted and personalised.


Dr Emma Vardy - Dementia Clinical Lead

Dr Emma Vardy is a Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Dementia and Delirium Lead at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.  She was appointed Strategic Clinical Network Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Dementia Lead in early 2017.  She qualified in medicine from Sheffield University in 1998 and completed her training in Yorkshire and the North West of England. She is dual trained in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine and has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and diagnosis of dementia. Having completed her specialist training in June 2011 she took up her first consultant position in Newcastle upon Tyne before returning to Salford. In her role as Clinical lead for dementia and delirium at Salford she chairs the dementia steering group and has also been involved from an early stage in the work of Dementia United. She is currently involved in Global digital exemplar work for delirium and dementia at Salford. Dr Vardy is external examiner for the MSc in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Salford. She is also a member of the Dementia and related disorders special interest group for the British Geriatrics Society. She has previously held academic positions and has research experience in the clinical, pathological, genetic and imaging aspects of dementia. This resulted in the award of a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2007 and has led to a number of publications and presentations in the areas of dementia and delirium. She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2016.


Professor Paul French - Mental Health Clinical Lead

Paul is currentrly the Clinical Lead for Early Intervention in Psycosis services across Greater Manchester, Mental Health Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire SCN, NHSE North Clinical Lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis for the North West and Honorary Professor at Liverpool University.


His research interests are on the development of novel interventions for people with psychosis and preventative interventions for young people with emerging mental health conditions. He continues to look for ways to embed research into practice and ensure that services deliver evidence based interventions.


Paul is currently contributing to a number of National Institute of Health Research funded clinical trials, (HTA) Prodigy, Stepwise,   EmpowerFOCUS, MAPS, (RfP) IFCBTCompareBART. Additionally, he is working on other projects such as Hoax which is evaluating a trilogy of artworks and its impact on stigma with collaborator Ravi Thornton at psys Wish and funded by Arts Council England, the further modelling of the Psymapticpopulation prediction tool with James Kirkbride funded by The Welcome Trust, and also Lab In A Bag a project with Martin Myers from The Chief Scientific Office to deliver point of care physical health testing for people with psychosis.


Paul sits on the National Adult Mental Health Delivery Group and is a panel member of the NIHR HTA MPOH panel and was a member of the National Expert Reference Group for the Access and Waiting Times Standards for Psychosis.

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Miss Karen Bancroft - Maternity Clinical Lead

Karen is the Clinical Champion for the maternity and gynaecology work streams in the Healthier Together programme. Karen has been a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Royal Bolton Hospital for fourteen years. She has undertaken leadership roles within the Trust, which have included Clinical Lead for Maternity and Gynaecology and Associate Medical Director for the Women's and Children's Division. She is currently Associate Medical Director and Head of Division for the Family Care Division of Bolton Foundation Trust.


Dr Mark Robinson - Children's Clinical Lead

Mark hails from County Down, in Northern Ireland. He attended Queens University Belfast and obtained MB Bch BaO in 1988. He gained distinctions in physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. House jobs were in The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast; followed by three years of posts in adult medicine where he obtained the MRCP (UK) in 1991. He followed this with a year in pathology before moving into paediatrics. His initial paediatric posts were in Belfast followed by SpR training in Manchester. He obtained the DCH in 1994.

Mark was appointed Consultant Paediatrician at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) in 2001. His interests include diabetes, endocrinology, obesity, growth disorders and emergency paediatrics. He is a qualified Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) instructor. He publishes and presents regularly at local and international conferences. Since June 2008 he has been the Clinical Director for Child Health at WWL.


Dr Joanne Leigh - Primary Care Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care

Joanne qualified from Sheffield University in 1995. After she completed GP training in 1999 she took a post at St Ann's Hospice as one of their first SHO's in Palliative Medicine. She is GP partner at Park Green Surgery Macclesfield and has been a GP Trainer for the past six years.


Alongside her primary care role she retained as interest in Palliative and End of Life Care working as a clinical assistant at St Ann's from 2000 to 2016 and obtaining the Diploma of Palliative Medicine from Cardiff in 2006.


Dr Sandeep Ranote - CAMHS Clinical Lead

Sandeep is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist leading young people's eating disorder services, Associate Medical Director and Director of Clinical Networks at 5BP NHSFT. She developed the award winning medical skin camouflage service for mental health in partnership with Changing Faces charity and is now collaborating with The University of Manchester on a Research for Patient Benefit Grant to study this intervention further. She has been Clinical Advisor to The National Children's Museum 'Eureka' and currently sits on the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Eating Disorder Faculty, is a professional media contributor for the charity BEAT and regular contributor to mental health and arts charity magazine 'reflections' and 'medical woman'. She mentors and coaches doctors and supports the women in leadership agenda nationally through her role within the Royal College Leadership and Management Committee. She was appointed Strategic Clinical Network Lead for CAMHS (NHS England) and part of the ministerial taskforce (Future in Mind, 2015). Sandeep was a clinical expert for the national eating disorder commissioning guidance (NHSE 2014), QNCC standards (NHSE 2015) and the national eating disorder workforce curriculum (NHSE 2016). She is a contributing author to the forthcoming Royal College of Psychiatrists' book 'The Female Mind ' and was awarded a fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014.


Dr Paul Wallis - CAMHS Clinical Lead

Paul is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Director of Psychological Services – CAMHS, CMUH NHS FT.  He qualified from University College London as a Clinical Psychologist in 1997, working in London and then Manchester in a range of community and specialist CAMHS settings.  For the past 6 years he has been Director of Psychological Services for CAMHS at Central Manchester Foundation NHS Trust, with professional, clinical and strategic leadership for all Child Clinical Psychology, Child Psychotherapy and Family Therapy provision across the cities of Manchester and Salford.  More recently Paul has also been working as a Clinical Advisor with the North West Strategic Clinical Network, with an interest and focus around workforce.

Over the past decade Paul has been involved in a range of regional and national CAMHS innovations in research and service development.  He is a past-chair of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology National Faculty for Child Clinical Psychologists, and continues to contribute to national publications most recently the Faculty document on ‘What Good Looks like in Psychological Service for Children and Young People’.

Paul has been closely involved with CYP-IAPT contributing to the development of the national curriculum and taking clinical leadership for implementation in Manchester and Salford.  Paul is also a clinical lead for the North West Psychological Professions Network (NWPPN), a multi-professional network created to represent all psychological practitioners in the North West of England, and recently represented the NWPPN at a House of Commons celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Division of Clinical Psychology.


Dr Paul Campbell - Adult IAPT Clinical Lead

Paul was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland during "The Troubles". In his early career he worked as a researcher carrying out research into the psychological trauma caused by The Troubles. He also published many studies on the effects of physical exercise and mental health and was a reviewer for the Cochrane Library in this field.

Before leaving Northern Ireland he worked in a therapeutic community for people with severe and enduring mental illness which used psychodynamic psychotherapy principles and carried out research into the effectiveness of this approach. He also worked as a lecturer in research methods and statistics at Queens University, Belfast.

He moved to England in 2003 to train as a Clinical Psychologist and since qualifying has been working for the 5 Boroughs Partnership (now NorthWest Boroughs Healthcare) NHS Foundation Trust in Primary Care Mental Health Services. He is currently the Clinical Lead for all Adult IAPT Services provided by this Trust.

He  runs a private clinical psychology business providing assessments and treatment for mental health problems as well as consulting for various organisations. He has, in the past, worked as a Clinical Lead for Liaison Mental Health for the Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Network and now works as a Clinical Lead for Adult IAPT for the Greater Manchester & Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks.


Dr Angelika Wieck - Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Lead

Angelika trained in psychiatry in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and worked for several years as a Lecturer in the Institute of Psychiatry researching into the biological and psychosocial causes of postpartum psychosis.  She has been a consultant in psychiatry for many years, initially working in general adult as well as perinatal psychiatry.  She was the consultant for the mother and baby unit in Manchester until 2014 when a second consultant post in perinatal psychiatry was established.  She now works with perinatal mental health patients in antenatal clinics in Manchester.  She is a member of the Clinical Reference Group, the Academic Secretary for the Perinatal Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Chair of the Women, Gender and Mental Health Section of the European Psychiatric Association.  As a member of the Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services of the Royal College of Psychiatrists she participated in the evaluation of other mother and baby units in the country.

Eileen Stringer - Midwifery Clinical Lead

Eileen is an experienced registered nurse and midwife with 35 years’ experience working in the Health Service and has held a variety of senior clinical and managerial midwifery roles. Eileen has been a Consultant midwife at Pennine Acute hospitals Trust since 2003, leading on all aspects of public health within the maternity service.

Eileen’s work has focused on changing community midwifery services to a social model of care that addresses the wider determinants of health for all women and their families, but particularly for those women who are vulnerable or affected by social exclusion. Her aim is to improve outcomes in many aspects of maternity care including access to care, antenatal care and screening, perinatal mental health, smoking cessation, infant feeding, care of younger parents and the implementation of the NHSE Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle. Eileen holds a weekly clinic to inform women of their birth options and support those women with complex needs or with birth plans outside of routine guidance. She is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester and has published nationally and internationally about the challenges midwives face in improving health and outcomes for vulnerable families.

Eileen has been a member of the Strategic Clinical Network Maternity Steering group for a number of years and has contributed to a number of work streams during that time. She is looking forward to taking this work forward in her role as Clinical lead midwife for GMEC.


Dr Carol Ewing, Children's Health and Wellbing Clinical Lead

Carol has worked as a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (previously on the Booth Hall site) for 23 years and has a special interest in paediatric allergy and atopic eczema.

From 2004 – 2012, Carol led on strategic workforce development for Making it Better, a large scale reconfiguration of children's and maternity services in Greater Manchester. From 2013 - 2104, Carol was the clinical lead for children's services for the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) and Senate, NHS England, and continues to work with  us at the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire SCN as a clinical adviser.

Carol is the Vice President for Health Policy, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and took up her post in 2014. From 2009 to 2013, she was the RCPCH Honorary Workforce Planning Officer for the College. She has also contributed to College policy, particularly on medical and surgical service standards, models of care including clinical network development, and on patient and family participation.

From 2012 - 16 she was a member of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum, co–leading the acutely ill work stream, and strategic workforce planning, education and training. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Child Health Alliance which is taking forward the work of the Forum.


Julie Flaherty MBE, Children's unscheduled care

Julie started her career in 1973 at the Children’s Hospitals in Manchester. During the first ten years she worked at the children’s regional burns unit with children who had thermal injuries requiring intensive burn care.  She took a change in direction in 1988 and went into emergency medicine clinically caring for sick ill and injured children presenting to emergency departments in GM.

Having gained a consultant post in 2000 she is currently the Clinical lead for children’s unscheduled care at Salford Royal Foundation Trust within the Northern Alliance Group. Julie works clinically in the children’s emergency department and observation & assessment unit collocated to the main ED treating sick and injured children.

Julie has pursued both clinical and leadership elements of her roles throughout her career in quest to improve Children’s services care provision. Over the past 30 years Julie has held senior and top management and leadership positions within acute children’s provider units.

Over the years since 1998 she has been immersed in significant work within  the Greater Manchester Children’s Network and the major reconfiguration of children’s services ‘Making it Better’ 2003-2012. The work was instrumental in reducing the existing 14 children’s inpatient services to eight children’s inpatient units and most importantly the shift toward children’s acute care services into primary care children’s community teams.

More recently since 2013 Julie has worked for both the Strategic Clinical network and as the ‘Nursing Champion’ for GM with the Healthier Together project (Transformation Unit GM). She has undertaken work with the ‘Out of Hospital’, ‘Emergency & Urgent Care’ and Children’s Emergency Surgery teams as well as the ‘Clinical Advisory Board’ developing single services for some of the major acute specialties and integration of specialist services across Greater Manchester.

Previous pieces of strategic work undertaken during this role are;

  • Quality Improvement Strategy for Children’s Community Services in GM
  • Peer review of Emergency Services and Children’s Short Stay Assessment units against the Intercollegiate Standards for Children’s Emergency services GM
  • Provision of Children’s High Dependency care across GM with recommendations
  • Children’s Emergency Surgery Audit with recommendations across GM
  • Children’s Secondary care Bed Services GM

All of these reports and recommendation have been accepted by the NHSE SCN Board and have been published by 2015.

Julie is involved in humanitarian health work in both natural and manmade disasters and has travelled to Sierra Leone working during the ‘Ebola HVD’ epidemic. She has also clinically worked in Mumbai in the slum resettlements and in Mullago Hospital children’s assessment unit Uganda.

Julie was awarded an MBE for her services to Paediatrics within Greater Manchester by Her majesty the Queen in the new year’s honours 2016.


Dr Dave Waterman - Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Lead

Dr Dave Waterman is the SCN Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire. He is a Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine working within Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport Community and St Ann's Hospice since 2005. He graduated at Newcastle University in 1995 and undertook specialist training in Palliative Medicine in the North West Deanery.

His clinical role allows the delivery of specialist palliative care to patients and their families in their own homes, as well as within an out-patient environment or an in-patients setting, either within Stockport NHS Foundation Trust or St. Ann's Hospice.

Dr Waterman is the clinical lead for the ongoing development of Palliative and End of Life Care service across the Stockport Health Economy and co-chair of the SCN Greater Manchester Palliative and End of Life Care Advisory Group.

Dr Jeffrey Schryer -  Clinical Lead

Jeff Schryer has been a GP for over 25 years and is a partner at Whittaker Lane Medical Centre in Prestwich, near Heaton Park. He qualified from Manchester university in 1986. He has had a long history of an interest in medical education including undergraduate training, GP training and primary care and team development. In the past he has run the North Manchester GP Vocational Training Scheme and was associate dean at Manchester Medical School. Jeff has also worked in a prison providing primary care services. Jeff has had various roles in developing primary care including medical audit development, GP education and mental health lead. Currently Jeff is a Clinical Director for NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group; taking a lead role on mental health, dementia and primary care on the CCG's Governing Body (Board). Jeff is also a trustee for a Children's Centre in Salford. He is married with seven children and five grandchildren, so doesn't have a lot of spare time! He loves walking, and sometimes running.