LiA sponsors

We’ve just announced our latest Listening into Acton (LiA) sponsors. Why not find out more about them here:

They are:

Julie Lodge, Associate Nurse Director, Children’s Care Group

Julie is a registered Learning Disability Nurse qualifying in 1987. She began her career as a staff nurse in a community home for six people who, as part of the community care revolution, had been discharged from various intuitions in West Yorkshire. Within a year she was appointed as a ward manager at Stansfield View Learning Disability Hospital in Todmorden but her long term plan was always to practice as a community nurse. Two years later she started working in Dewsbury as a community learning disability nurse working with a full multi-disciplinary team to support people and their families with a learning disability to live in the community achieving good health outcomes and enjoy positive life experiences.

While in Dewsbury and North Kirklees she was given the opportunity to develop a specialist children nursing team including specialist school nurses to support children with complex disabilities and health needs at home and at school. The team went on to be recognised nationally for its innovative ways of working with often reluctant communities addressing issues such as access to genetic counselling, delivering home nursing packages in a culturally sensitive way and developing peer support and resilience networks.

Latterly her career has focused on safeguarding and child welfare cumulating with being appointed as Nurse Consultant safeguarding children in RDaSH and most recently Associate Nurse Director for the Children’s Care Group. Julie is passionate about her LIA work having worked with a team over the last six months to improve care pathways for children who transition to adult services in RDASH, she is looking forward to being able to support more innovations through her role as a sponsor over the coming year.

Rebecca Pease, Clinical Pathways Lead Children’s Care Group


Rebecca is currently employed as Transformation and Integration Clinical Lead for the Children’s Care Group, within RDASH and her role aims to support the delivery of seamless, accessible, high quality care and support for Doncaster children and their families. Rebecca is a qualified Nurse and Health Visitor with 24 years NHS experience. She qualified as a health visitor in 2000 and is passionate about improving outcomes for children through early intervention and prevention.

She was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting in 2014 and her nursing background includes acute medicine and community care. She gained experience of Public Health commissioning during a secondment in 1999. Throughout her career she has maintained an interest in change management, innovative practice and community development. She believes the LiA approach supports and facilitates these approaches and ensures all staff members have a channel to ensure their voice is heard.

Karen Smith, Clinical Pathways Lead Children’s Care Group

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Graeme Tosh, Associate Medical Director, Rotherham Care Group

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Vicky Clare, Clinical Pathways Lead Rotherham Care Group

Vicky is currently the Clinical Pathway Lead in Rotherham Care Group. As part of her role she is responsible for co-ordinating the review of clinical pathways delivery to ensure that we build on existing good practise as Rotherham heads towards a new integrated service model.

She is a registered mental nurse and has spent most of her clinical practise within adult mental health services including inpatient services, clinic services, day unit and the Community Mental Health Team, where she worked as a community mental health nurse and then was the team deputy manager. She has some experience in older people’s settings too.

Her first role in RDaSH was managing the North Early Intervention in Psychosis team in Manchester. She then made the move to the Rotherham Community Therapies team.

She is passionate about the kind of change which creates opportunity for RDaSH to deliver clear, well thought out and evidenced based pathways to people who need our services. She believes that everyone can deliver good quality care if they get the right support and training and are allowed to plan for their best ever day at work.

Vicky is based at Swallownest Court but visits most of the bases in Rotherham. Feel free to email her at or tweet @vcclare.

Julie Napolitano, Clinical Pathways Lead

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Alison Lancaster, Doncaster Care Group, Head of All Aged Integrated Services

Alison qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1989 and initially worked in Hull and East Riding on an Adult Acute admission ward.  She then spent time as a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) in Holderness & East Coast and inner city Hull.  Alison also completed a PGDip in Psychosocial Interventions at York University.

She transferred to Scunthorpe Mental Health Team in 2004 as a CPN before having the opportunity to set up the Early Intervention in Psychosis service in North Lincolnshire, this was followed by a year as a clinical lead for adult and older peoples Community Mental Health Services.  In 2010 Alison was appointed as the Service Manager for Manchester Early Intervention Services, where she stayed for three and half years before moving on to Rotherham Adult Mental Health Services as the Locality Manager.

In her current post as Head of Services Alison is thoroughly enjoying getting to know her teams, developing and sharing knowledge and developing integrated ways of working in physical and mental health for the benefit of the patients in our services. She is passionate about empowering staff to be the best they can be and believe that this contributes to high level care for our patients. She was a sponsor for the first year of the LiA way of working and has enjoyed a lead role in this and will continue through the second year as an LiA Coach and sponsor. Last year Alison completed the Certificate in Coaching to be an accredited Performance Coach within the Trust and will be going on to do the Diploma later this year.

Kay Kharvat, Clinical Pathways Lead Doncaster Care Group

I worked as a dental nurse, phlebotomist and laboratory assistant before I started my nursing career, I nervously registered at the local college to do a 2 year night class, after a colleague advised “you would make a good nurse.” I really enjoyed studying and successfully gained a place at Sheffield University in 2002. As a qualified mental health nurse I began my career working in high secure specialist deaf services. During this time I completed level 1 and 2 British Sign Language to enable me to communicate better with the patients I worked with. In 2007 I completed my health & social care degree.

In 2009 I gained a sister post on a psychiatric intensive care unit in adult mental health. During this time I also worked on the male adult mental health inpatient as a sister where we implemented the AIMS accreditation.

In 2013 an opportunity arose for a ward manager in the then Forensic division on the low secure unit (Amber Lodge) at RDaSH. Within my role I have worked with staff and patients looking at how we successfully support patients with complex needs, dual diagnosis and offending behaviour.  We work closely with our commissioners NHS England (NHS E)  and the staff and patients attend workshops and forums so they can directly influence the proposed changes from NHSE. The LiA approach is one that has worked well in driving forward changes.

I am currently seconded to the post of Mental Health Pathway lead for Doncaster services and have chosen to become a year 2 LiA sponsor. I’m also getting involved in Local Implementation Group (LiG) meetings to discuss Systmone and the changes taking place to the electronic patient record.

Julie Hall, Clinical Pathways Lead Doncaster Care Group

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Executive Sponsors:

 Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive

 Rosie Johnson, Director of Workforce & Organisational Development

 Debbie Smith, Chief Operating Officer

 Steve Hackett, Finance Director