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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.

Helen Degnan

Senior Nurse- Quality Improvement

Helen is Senior Nurse for Quality Improvement at 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).

Maureen Hole

Project Nurse (Learning Disabilities and Autism)

Maureen qualified in 1994 and has held a variety of nursing posts in acute and community settings. Her last post prior to joining the CCG was as a health trainer with City of York Council. Maureen’s main focus within the team is to support care providers for people with a learning disability and autism.

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 coordinates the Partners in Care Weekly Bulletin and Partners in Care Forums, which aim to facilitate engagement and shared learning between social care providers across the Vale of York. He also is working to support providers with digital initiatives including NHS Mail, Data Security Protection Toolkit and the Care Home Capacity Tracker.

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