Quality Improvement Team

Gayle Bridgman, Quality Improvement Programme Manager
Gayle has worked in the NHS for 20 years, initially in performance management and commissioning across primary care and acute services before moving into service management. Gayle has been working in clinical networks since 2006 when she joined a large cancer network in London before moving to the South West in 2010 to take on a new challenge working as manager of the neonatal network. This experience has made Gayle a committed advocate of clinical networks having seen the benefits they can deliver to patient services. Gayle has been working in mental health service improvement since the inception of the clinical network in 2013 and is the network management lead for IAPT and dementia.

Julie Smee, Children and Young People Programme Manager
Julie Smee is the Programme Manager leading the Children and Young People’s Mental Health agenda across the South West Clinical Network. She has led and implemented transformation projects across Networks for over 15 years and in addition to her commissioning and provider experience in both adult and children’s services, she is a professionally qualified nurse. This experience is underpinned by her academic achievements, having gained an MSc in Healthcare Policy and Management, PG Diploma in Public Health and BA (Hons) in Nursing Studies.
Julie has an energetic, can-do approach and cares passionately about developing excellence across the NHS.

Amy Warren, Quality Improvement Lead
Before joining the NHS in 2010 Amy taught English in South Korea and Chile, worked for a private healthcare provider and the charity Refugee and Migrant Justice. Amy has gained invaluable experience of cross-organisational working in networks during the last 4 years. Amy now works as the Quality Improvement Lead for the maternity network.

Ruth Hall, Quality Improvement Programme Manager (out on secondment)
Ruth began her 20-year career in healthcare working in acute care in East London. Since then she has worked in primary and secondary care and has also managed a Hospice in the South West. This work incorporated service development in Long Term Conditions and Mental Health, working with the Primary Care Collaborative, performance management and project management. Latterly Ruth set up and managed the South West Paediatric Surgery Network as part of the specialised commissioning portfolio.