Andrew joined the NHS as part of the National Graduate Management Scheme in 2006 and has since worked across senior operational, strategic and financial roles in a number of NHS organisations. Andrew has a particular passion for instigating and leading meaningful transformation and improvement, which puts the needs of staff and patients at its core.
One of the key projects of his career was to provide leadership to full Business Case for the Major Trauma / High Acuity Centre at the Salford Royal site, which successfully secured the national funding required for the building.
Andrew graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc(Econ)(Hons) in economics and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants.
He was appointed into the role of diagnostics and pharmacy managing director of operations in June 2020 and believes that there is a huge amount of exciting opportunities ahead for diagnostics and pharmacy, both within the NCA and outside of it.
Alistair grew up in Manchester but left to study biology at the University of Leeds. On completing his degree, he returned to his hometown to work as a health care assistant before studying medicine as a second degree. During training he worked as a junior doctor throughout the north west, including at Salford Royal and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
He completed specialised training in clinical radiology in 2009 and was appointed as a consultant with an interest in interventional radiology at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. His clinical practice has included vascular and non-vascular interventional radiology as well as post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) and other aspects of diagnostic radiology.
He has held several senior leadership and educational roles, including clinical director of imaging and associate divisional medical director. He was head of school for north west radiology from 2016 to 2021, during which time he oversaw the integration of two radiology schools, training expansion and the establishment of the North West Imaging Academy based at Edge Hill University. He was also appointed clinical lead for diagnostics in 2018 for Healthier Lancashire, which delivered a transformation programme for radiology across Lancashire and South Cumbria’s 1.7M population.
Alistair was appointed as the NCA’s diagnostics and pharmacy medical director in April 2021.
Lindsay Harper is the NCA Group director of pharmacy and has been in post since 1 July 2020. Before that, Lindsay was the director of pharmacy at Salford Royal for seven years. She leads the integrated team of clinical pharmacists working across Salford and has been instrumental in the development of the team. This included pharmacist and pharmacy technicians working across the hospital, community, care homes and GP practices.
Previously Lindsay led the clinical pharmacy team at Salford Royal for 10 years while being the lead intestinal failure specialist pharmacist on the national intestinal failure unit at Salford. During this time she worked one day at week at the University of Manchester as a module leader on the postgraduate clinical pharmacy diploma.
She has published articles on medicines’ use within intestinal failure in several journals and has written book chapters on the subject. She has presented on the subject at local, national, and international conferences in her role as an expert intestinal failure pharmacist.
Lindsay is an active member of the Greater Manchester Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Collaborative. She leads on the digital medicines and automation workstream for the Greater Manchester Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Collaborative. Through this group Lindsay is developing the Greater Manchester Central Pharmacy Store and introducing a secure electronic e-referral system across Greater Manchester for pharmacy staff to share medication information as patients move between different locations and services. As this system includes GP practice pharmacists, it is novel and the first of its kind.
Lindsay has been the clinical lead for the medicines management schemes within the Salford Global Digital Exemplar project (digital transformation), introducing a number of innovative systems, such as the PillTime robot and the electronic adverse drug reporting with the electronic patient record.
Graduating in pharmacy from the University of London, Philippa has spent the majority of her career as a clinical pharmacist in acute hospital practice. Having gained a Master’s degree at the University of Bradford, she specialised in medicines information and critical care pharmacy before moving into a clinical management post at North Manchester General Hospital in 2002. She was subsequntly appointed as chief pharmacist for Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in 2005.
Throughout her 35 year NHS career, Philippa has developed a keen interest in risk management and governance. She was appointed as director of integrated governance, quality and safety for diagnostics and pharmacy at the NCA in January 2020.
Mina Patel joined the Trust, as finance director for diagnostics and pharmacy in September 2021. Prior to joining the NCA she held a variety of finance roles across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, accumulating 20 years’ experience within the NHS. Her experience is predominately within the acute environment but also includes the mental health sector.
She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, holds a Msc in management and is an alumni of the Nye Bevan leadership programme, graduating in December 2019.
Mina is passionate about improving patient services alongside finance staff development.
Liz joined Salford Royal in 2003 and has gained a great deal of operational and strategic experience as a HR professional throughout this time. She has led on a number of major change initiatives and provides professional advice and support on employment matters.
Liz is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and graduated from Liverpool University with a BA (Hons) in English, before achieving a Masters in human resource management from Manchester Metropolitan University.
She is committed to improving staff experience and ensuring the Care Organisation receives a high quality HR service in order to support the delivery of patient care.