Steering Group Members

Dr Karen P Cleaver, Head of Department, Family Care & Mental Health, Faculty of Education & Health, University of Greenwich
Karen is Head of Department Family Care & Mental Health, a post she has held since 2002. Karen has extensive experience in curriculum design and development and is widely involved across the university in curriculum reviews and approvals. Karen has been a QAA subject reviewer and is the NMC official correspondent for the faculty. Karen’s teaching, research and publications are primarily focused on health and well-being of children and young people. She has expertise in workforce planning and development and has been working with and advising three South London CEPNs since their inception in 2014.    Karen has received two innovation awards from HEESL, for the development of a multi-agency training tool, ‘Maritime City, which, using low fidelity simulation, has been developed for dementia awareness training; the 2nd award was for a project which scoped best practice in multi-agency working and domestic abuse. Karen has recently been awarded a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing; the project, a collaboration on behalf of the Institute’s stakeholders, will be focussing on retaining experienced nurses near to retirement, seeking solutions for retention to avoid the loss of expertise from this cadre of experienced nurses.

Jane Wells, Director of Nursing, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust 
Jane started her career in the NHS as a nurse in 1987 and developed a passion for working in the community worked as a district nurse and health visitor. She held various senior clinical, management, leadership and programme management roles in South East. Jane became Director of Greenwich Community Health Services, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, in 2011 and Director Adult Community Services in 2012 managing adult community services in Bexley and Greenwich and Director of Nursing in 2015. Jane is passionate about empowering clinicians and supporting staff to work together creatively and supportively, to continuously improve and deliver innovative services responsive to the needs of patients and help reduce the health inequalities.   She has a strong commitment to coordinated person centred, patient driven personalised care delivered through integrated working. Jane has co-created the successful integrated care models in Greenwich and Bexley.

Sarah Birch, Head of Primary Care Development, NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group
Sarah has worked in this role for over three years leading the primary care transformation agenda in Bexley. She works with all 27 member practices on quality improvement, service transformation initiatives, and overseeing various workforce development and estates related projects. Her work aims to make primary care more accessible, proactive and coordinated ultimately improving health outcomes for Bexley residents. Prior to this role Sarah worked for 6 years as a project manager for a healthcare construction consultancy where she worked for a range of NHS clients preparing service strategies, business cases, providing healthcare planning advice and undertaking post project evaluations.

Kate Heaps, Chief Executive at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice
Kate has nearly 30 years experience in the NHS and voluntary sectors, as a Nurse and in a number of Service Improvement roles prior to becoming Hospice Chief Executive in 2010.
Kate is passionate about nursing and is particularly interested in community nursing, the care of older people and marginalised groups and palliative care. She is interested in providing flexible, integrated services to support people wherever they need care; developing roles to enable more people to access quality care and support in a resource constrained environment.

Kate is a board member of the Health Innovation Network, the Academic Health Science Network for South London and is London representative for Hospice UK, she also holds an honorary contract at King’s College London, where she lectures on a number of management topics on the MSc in Palliative Care.

Simon Pearce, Director, Adults & Older People Services, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Simon has worked in Adult Social Care for 27 years and is currently the Director of Adults and Older Peoples’ Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. He has worked in a number of Local Councils across London and outside including the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Berkshire, Croydon and Camden. Simon has managed the full range of Adult Social functions and has also undertaken NHS commissioning for Mental Health and some other areas. He has a Masters in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

Simon helped to develop the London wide Peer Challenge process and has been involved in three Peer Challenges. He has also been involved in work on End of Life Care helping to develop the London ADASS End of Life Care Charter. Simon has been involved in the Local Government Association efficiency programme and currently Greenwich is part of another LGA project to look at efficiencies arising from integration.

Annabel Beasley, Project / Communications Manager, Institute of Integrated Care
Annabel is an experienced project manager with strong stakeholder engagement and communications skills. She has significant experience in the NHS setting up and delivering of complex transformation initiatives including the largest public sector transition programme in UK history and the development of collaborative networks to deliver population health outcomes.