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's 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's 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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Shona 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. Shona 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. 

Shona 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's enjoyed working with community providers to develop innovative services for the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) borough. In her role, she'll 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's 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 an 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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Trish is passionate about diversity and inclusion in addition to improving health outcomes for our diverse communities. She strongly believes in compassionate leadership as in her experience this is how you get the best out of your teams.


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