Rochdale Care Organisation - Senior Leadership Team

Steve has successfully worked at clinical and managerial levels within the NHS for over 30 years. He trained in Rochdale as a registered general nurse in 1987 and went on to work in A&E departments in Oxford and Manchester. He is also a trained mental health nurse and has worked in several acute mental health settings in the Manchester area.

In 1998, Steve gained a degree in nursing and went on to obtain an MSc in strategic leadership in 2002. He has a long-standing interest in healthcare leadership and has lectured and presented on this topic in the UK, Europe and USA. More recently, he has led on the successful integration of health, social and voluntary services within North Manchester and Rochdale communities and believes strongly that working in partnership across health and care provides a better experience for patients and families.

Steve lives locally and has a strong connection with Rochdale, he currently holds the role of lead safeguarding governor for Hopwood Hall College.

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Dr McCallum trained at St.Thomas Hospital in London and qualified in 1993. She worked as a junior doctor in Blackburn and trained in respiratory and general medicine around the Liverpool area. She undertook an MD at the University of Liverpool in cystic fibrosis. 

Her first consultant post was in Warrington District General Hospital in 2002. Dr McCallum joined The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in 2004 as a respiratory consultant at Rochdale Infirmary. Prior to her role as medical director, she was the clinical lead for Rochdale. 

Dr McCallum has undertaken a diploma in palliative care at Cardiff University and is interested in the management of non-malignant chronic disease.

With an interest in the interface between community and hospital services she has enjoyed working with community providers to develop innovative services for the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) borough. In her role she will be able to develop further the community services offered to HMR residents.

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Tabitha joins us from NHS England where she worked as the deputy director of finance for direct commissioning in the north west, covering specialised commissioning, health and justice, medical, dental and pharmacy financial management.  Prior to that, Tabitha worked as the assistant director of finance in the Wirral NHS Foundation Trust and Chester NHS Foundation Trust. She has also worked in the private sector with KPMG.

Tabitha has two children and a dog.  She loves to walk and run in the countryside.

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Clare joined the NHS in 2003, initially working at Greater Manchester Workforce Development Confederation, before moving onto a HR graduate placement across the Tameside conurbation. In 2005 she joined Salford Royal where she worked for almost 15 years in a variety of HR positions.  Clare is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a first class honours degree in business studies, before achieving a Masters in human resource management from Manchester Business School.

Clare is committed to working in partnership with staff and trade union colleagues to deliver successful change and to help make improvements for staff and our patients/service users.

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Alison has over 30 years’ experience as a nurse, initially qualifying as an enrolled nurse in London in 1988, before moving back to the north west to successfully undertake the conversion course to registered nurse in Oldham. Since then, she has undertaken a number of clinical (surgery and intensive care) and corporate leadership roles in Trusts across the north west, including being deputy chief nurse at Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester for five years.

Prior to joining Rochdale Care Organisation, Alison was director of nursing and quality at the Countess of Chester Hospital for eight years, where she has led on a number of improvement programmes of work, more notably on implementing technological systems to support improved care for patients whilst supporting the nursing and allied health professionals (AHP) workforce.

During her career, she has gained a BA (Hons) in health studies and an MSc in nursing. She has a passion for education, leadership and developing others, previously, presenting at leadership conferences, being an honorary lecturer and more recently, holding the position of honorary professor at the University of Chester.

She is keen to explore the opportunities of further developing the workforce across professional boundaries and supporting system leadership in order to deliver effective care to the local population.

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