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Meet the team

Sarah Fiori

Head of Quality Improvement and Research

Sarah is Head of Quality Improvement and Research at the NHS Vale of York CCG. Sarah qualified in 1997 and has held a variety of nursing posts in acute and community settings.  Sarah is passionate about Quality Improvement (QI) in healthcare and is a Q Fellow with the Health Foundation and Improvement Fellow with the Improvement Academy based in Yorkshire.  In her current role Sarah collaborates to shape, develop and share best practice for the benefit of patients/ residents experience.  Sarah has a remit to support care homes and domiciliary care providers and finds this role particularly rewarding.

 Clive Nicholson

Senior Nurse- Quality Improvement

 Clive has recently joined the Quality and Nursing Team as Senior Nurse for Quality Improvement. He previously worked for The National Institute for Health Research helping to embed dementia research across Yorkshire and Humber. Clive worked for a number of years in various roles in clinical research and has a background in nursing patients with neurological conditions. He has personal experience and of the care home sector and has a passion for quality improvement. In his new role, Clive will be working to support quality improvement within care homes and domiciliary providers across the Vale of York, leading work such as React to Falls, Stop and Watch and the Care Home Capacity Tracker.

Helen Degnan

Project Nurse

Helen is a project nurse for NHS Vale of York CCG. She qualified in 1992 and has spent the majority of her working life nursing in community settings. Helen particularly enjoys supporting some great work in the care home sector by sharing new initiatives and providing training such as the recent React to Red pressure ulcer awareness campaign; to promote up to date and ‘best practice’ care for residents. Helen is currently involved in delivering React to Falls training to care homes, to help staff identify those individuals at risk of falling and take measures to reduce these risks.

Kay Ford

Project Nurse

Kay is from a District Nursing and education and project management background and has been involved in key improvement projects with care homes and domiciliary care across Yorkshire and the Humber for the last 10 years.  Kay’s main focus within the team is to support domiciliary carers to identify deterioration using ‘softer signs’ tool and to improve response and communication to colleagues/health professionals (incorporating SBAR).

Ciaran Ferris

Clinical Leadership Fellow

Ciarán has recently joined the quality and nursing team as a clinical leadership fellow. She qualified from dental school in 2010 and has worked within a range of sectors including primary care, community and dental hospitals. She has spent the last 7 years working within Maxillofacial surgery both in Scotland and for the last five years at York hospital.

This change in direction and pace will prove exciting for her, and she is keen to learn about all that goes on within the CCG and how she can play a unique role in the continued delivery of high quality provision of care for Vale of York residents within care homes and with domiciliary care needs.

Sam Varo

Quality and Nursing Administrator

Sam joined the CCG in 2016 and currently works as support to the Quality and Nursing team (often as first point of contact for care home and domiciliary staff). As part of this role he produces the Partners in Care Weekly Bulletin and facilitates Partners in Care Forums, which aim to facilitate engagement and shared learning between social care providers across the Vale of York. Sam is also system champion for the Care Home Capacity Tracker, and is working to embed the tracker as part of standard practice at all in-scope care homes.

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