Marie is Regional Director for Vocare in the North region, with more than 18 years' experience in senior management roles and an extensive background in training and development.
Marie has worked for the organisation since 2007, joining as Operational Training Lead and was previously Head of Region and Operations Manager for the GP out-of-hours services in North and South of Tyne and Teesside, as well as urgent care centres in Sunderland and the walk in centres at Jarrow and Eston. Before joining Vocare Marie worked for NHS Direct Management Team for several years.
Angela joined Vocare in January 2015 as Clinical Support Manager for Yorkshire services and was key in launching the new Vale of York GP OOH and Scarborough & Ryedale Integrated Urgent Care services.
Angela has previously held roles with BUPA as a Ward Sister and Project Implementation Manager. She also worked for Nuffield Health as Clinical Services Manager with responsibility for clinical service delivery across the hospital, medicines management, and inclusive of catering, facilities management and health and safety lead with budget responsibility. With Nuffield, Angela also had experience of commissioning a new Nuffield hospital.
Prior to coming to Vocare, Angela worked for Primecare GP out of hours service as Clinical Services Manager with regional responsibility for governance and clinical service delivery across Yorkshire and Teesside.
Alan has been a GP partner in Northumberland since 1997 and has worked as a front line out-of-hours GP for Vocare since its earliest days as a local co-operative. He joined the management team in 2008 and was appointed as Deputy Organisational Medical Director in 2015. Alan is also the Deputy Medical Director for Vocare.
Alan is a passionate GP trainer and educationalist and is keen to help Vocare develop a multi-skilled workforce, embracing innovation and technology to meet the ever-changing demands associated with out of hospital urgent care.
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Sarah started her career in nursing, working initially in theatres as a Senior Sister and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She then moved into Neurosciences and worked as a Senior Nurse and Trust Clinical Risk Manager. She gained excellent experience as an Assistant Portfolio Manager in Infection Prevention Control at the Department of Health where she was focused on the reduction and eradication of Hospital Acquired MRSA. Sarah retired from the NHS in 2011 and then worked in interim posts in various trusts across the UK including Coventry, Walsall, Sherwood Forest and Nottingham, where she worked as Deputy Chief Operating Officer (Coventry) and on project managing cost improvement programmes, reduction in Referral to Treatment (RTT) and waiting time pathway for elective patients. She began working in Vocare as an interim Quality/Governance Lead in November 2017 and is currently covering the regional director position.
Sandra began her nursing career in the army before focusing on primary care as a lead practice nurse. She was also ‘modern’ Matron of Buxton Hospital and Community Services.
Sandra has worked as a senior nurse manager for adult care with Leek Moorlands Primary Care Group, followed by a switch to commissioning as Head of Urgent Care for North Staffordshire PCT. During this time Sandra was involved with North Staffordshire OOHs and UCCs from a commissioning perspective before returning to Derbyshire as a CCG Consortium Manager. In her time as an independent she also supported a number of projects with Derbyshire Health United.
Syed is an Academic GP in Wolverhampton and a Consultant in Primary Care Diabetes at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. He completed his MD in research in Diabetes from University of Warwick. He is a lead medic for Physician Associate Programme in his role as a Senior Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton.
Syed has been involved with local out-of-hours services since 2011 and is committed to improving out-of-hours care in Wolverhampton.
Jack joined Vocare in 2013 and carried out various roles from Despatcher to Senior Team Leader within our Staffordshire service before moving to support the mobilisation of the Yorkshire contract in 2015.
Jack returned to Staffordshire in 2016 as Assistant Regional Director and, with a wealth of experience in operations, works with the Regional Triumvirate to support teams across the central region. Before Jack joined the Vocare team, he had worked in accounting and for the Ambulance Service.
Shaun is a Paramedic and has worked in NHS 111 since 2012 after training with London Ambulance Service in Beckenham. Shaun initially joined Vocare as a clinical advisor working remotely and was quickly promoted to the role of Clinical Services Manager for the Vocare Remote Clinical Advisor Service, managing and developing the team of clinicians working remotely, which supports all of Vocare’s 111 services.
Most recently Shaun has supported the mobilisation of new integrated urgent care services for Devon, Cornwall and Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
Dr Patrick Brooke is a Clinical Leader and GP. Most recently he has been supporting the development of The Wiltshire GP Provider Alliance, prior to that he was Accountable Officer for NHS Solihull CCG.
He studied medicine at The Royal London Hospital, undertook GP training in Wiltshire, worked in The After Hours Urgent Care Centre in Christchurch, NZ and between 1996 and 2008 was a GP Partner in Newbury, Berkshire with a special interest in frailty and dementia. He developed and validated 'The 6CIT' as a dementia recognition tool for primary care.
Appointed in 2008 as Medical Director and Director of Quality and Clinical Strategy for Solihull NHS Care Trust, then in 2010 as Director of GP Consortia Development and Deputy Director of Commissioning Development for Birmingham and Solihull Primary Care Trusts. From 2012 to 2017 he led NHS Solihull CCG as its Accountable Officer as well as Chair and Clinical Lead of The Solihull Together Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard. He continues to practise as an out-of-hours GP in Worcestershire.
Katie Hackett joined the Vocare London team from the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) contract where she was Operations Manager. Katie joined Vocare in April 2018 from South Western Ambulance Service and has been a key player in the implementation and mobilisation of the BSW contract within Vocare's portfolio.
Katie has extensive experience of 111 and out-of-hours care having worked within urgent care for more than five years. During this time she has undertaken various senior management roles and has developed a real passion for driving Integrated Urgent Care forwards and delivering high quality healthcare.
Sade Matakitoga has worked in Vocare for just under three years, and started as Operations Manager based in the South West. For the past 18 months Sade has been the Assistant Regional Director across the South West focused on 111 and the development of new Integrated Urgent Care Service Specification (IUC CAS) partnerships.
Sade's previous experience has been with Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters managing the emergency and non-emergency teams in a 24/7 environment and also working within local government managing front-line delivery teams.