Dr Frances Healey

Role:Non-executive Director and Chair of the Quality Committee

What I do

My role on the Board is to hold the Chief Executive and her Executive Team to account for the delivery of the organisation’s strategic aims and objectives. I chair the Quality Committee, and I am a member of the Audit Committee.

How I contribute to improving the experience of service users and carers

By holding the executive directors to account, I ensure that services are provided in the most effective and efficient way. I want to make sure that we make the best use of quality improvement approaches, patient safety science, research and evidence-based practice in our work. This is so we can improve quality for everyone, including people who are affected by inequalities and those whose mental health has been affected by the Covid pandemic.

My experience

I am a registered general nurse and mental health nurse with over 40 years of clinical, research, leadership, patient safety and quality improvement experience. After a clinical career spent developing services for people with both physical and mental health needs, I held nursing leadership, general management and patient safety roles in NHS trusts, regionally, and nationally. Alongside these roles, I led research in pressure ulcer prevention, falls prevention and learning from deaths, studied medical statistics, led quality improvement projects and gained my PhD.

I am a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and act as expert advisor to several patient-safety related research studies.

Get in touch

You can contact me by emailing frances.healey@nhs.net