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.

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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. 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 was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2016.


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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.

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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. 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 publishes and presents regularly at local and international conferences.


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 was appointed Strategic Clinical Network Lead for CAMHS (NHS England) and part of the ministerial taskforce (Future in Mind, 2015). She was awarded a fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014.


Dr Paul Wallis - THRIVE 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. For the past six 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. Over the past decade Paul has been involved in a range of regional and national CAMHS innovations in research and service development.  


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 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. 


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.  

Eileen Stringer - Midwifery Clinical Lead

Eileen is a registered nurse and midwife with 35 years’ experience working in the NHS 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 improving outcomes in many aspects of maternity care for all families, 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. 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.


Dr Carol Ewing, Children's Health and Wellbeing 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 2013-2014, 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.


Julie Flaherty MBE, Children's Unscheduled Care 

Julie started her career in 1973 at the Children's Hospitals in Manchester and during the first 10 years she worked at the children's regional burns unit. In 1988, she went into emergency medicine, clinically caring for children in emergency departments. Having gained a consultant post in 2000, she is currently the clinical lead for children's unscheduled care at Salford Royal Foundation Trust. More recently she has worked for both the Strategic Clinical Network and as the 'Nursing Champion' for GM. Julie was awarded the MBD for her services to paediatrics within Greater Manchester by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year's Honours list in 2016.

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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 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. 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).