New Chair and Co-chair E-P-A section England

As of this year, the E-P-A section for England will be chaired by John Salter, and co-chaired by Karen Green. John and Karen introduce themselves and the plans for the future.

John Salter, DipN (MH) RN (Mental Health) is the Clinical Lead for Payment and Pricing in Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust. He has worked as a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS since 1998. He has been responsible for the implementation of the payment and pricing methodology for Mental Health (The Mental Health Clustering Tool) in the organisation. John has collaborated with Karen Green and Gill Pope in developing the Intelligence Framework which helps services understand pathways and their relationship to outcomes and value. He has a keen interest in IT utilising skills as a programmer to develop technical solutions for communicating and delivering pathways including collaboration with NHS Digital Code4Health.

Karen Green BA, BSc, RN (Mental Health) is the Pathways and Outcomes Lead for Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust. Karen provides guidance and facilitates the development of both mental and physical care pathways in the organisation as well as providing advice regarding the use of appropriate outcome measures. She is involved in national work  led by NHS Improvement on the use of outcomes measures aligned to care pathways.  Karen has been a Mental Health Nurse in the UK in the NHS since 1991 in a variety of roles in both inpatient and community settings in provider organisations, as well as 7 years commissioning sexual health and children’s services.


Plans for the future

As there has been a vast amount of excellent work undertaken over the past few years in England we plan to contact the existing 200 members and ask them to complete a survey via survey monkey on what they would like from the English section and describe the work they are currently engaged with on care pathways and outcomes. From this survey we will map the work already taking place across the country and communicate this via a newly established website. We plan to hold an initial event in Autumn 2017  which will provide a learning opportunity to promote good practice on care pathways. We will link in with national programmes of work, local academic institutions and other E-P-A national sections in the UK.