Find out more about the members of QSAC2 by reading their biographies.
Dr Sunil Gupta
Sunil is a General Practitioner and has a number of clinical, educational and commissioning roles. These include GP Trainer, Examiner for the RCGP and System Clinical Lead for Cardiology for Mid and South Essex.
He is also Vice Chair of East of England Clinical Senate, a member of the UK Council of the RCGP and a member of the Advisory Committee for Resource Allocation. He sits on the National Patient Safety Response Advisory Panel and is an Associate Postgraduate GP Dean for Mid and South Essex.
Sunil’s previous roles include accountable officer of a CCG, member of the Expert Advisory Group on the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and clinical advisor for Dementia and Mental Health for NHS England Midlands and East Region. He has written a book on clinical commissioning.
Mrs Moyra Amess
Director of benchmarking, assurance and accreditation, CASPE Health Knowledge Systems (CHKS)
Moyra has worked with CHKS since 1999. As director of benchmarking, assurance and accreditation she leads a team of client managers and consultants. They deliver accreditation and benchmarking services to a client base in the UK and across Europe. She's responsible for developing products and services that bring together accreditation programme standards and data indicators.
Moyra has knowledge of how to assess healthcare across sectors to improve the quality and safety of health services and patient outcomes. She's gained this by working with standards to define good practice and interpret patient level information. She has extensive experience in developing outcome indicators and standards to evaluate healthcare.
She is a registered general nurse with experience in surgery. She has a first class degree in Social Studies (healthcare), and a master's degree in Health Services Management at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio
Anica Alvarez Nishio is an ethicist, editor and public advocacy specialist with a emphasis in values-led organisational development. She has served on a number of boards and funding organisations with a focus on health, education, marginalised groups and community engagement.
She brings a keen eye and collaborative approach to her governance and strategy work. Through her work with Health Education England, National Institute for Health Research and numerous health-policy panels, she has first-hand experience in the practical delivery of health and mental-health care strategies. Primarily making these equitably accessible for those in farming, military and mixed communities.
She also has an interest in the effective usage of data and technology and in ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence and the delivery of care.
Regulatory compliance inspector
Esabel is a regulatory compliance inspector with the Care Quality Commission, with a wealth of experience in health and social care regulations.
Esabel graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Master in public health and is a NMC registered general nurse with 23 years of multinational and multi sectoral experience including NHS and NHSBT.
Esabel is also a research nurse with University of Oxford focusing on asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, COPD and mesothelioma working with top pharma companies.
Esabel is an advocate for quality improvement in health and social care.
Dr Nadim Fazlani
Chair, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Nadim has been a general medical practitioner for 25 years. He has been involved in the commissioning of healthcare for 10 years and a chair of Liverpool CCG since June 2012.
His area of expertise is primary care and commissioning of healthcare.
Chair, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Dominika is a senior clinical pharmacist in a GP practice and a senior lecturer in non-medical prescribing in North West England. She has extensive experience across community pharmacy, commissioning and primary care, with particular interest in dermatology, menopause management and respiratory diseases.
Dominika is also passionate about implementing quality improvements and shared decision-making in medicines optimisation
Dr Julia Gallagher
Associate medical director
Julia is a general practitioner and associate medical director of Mastercall. She has a wealth of experience in both primary care and urgent care. Julia appreciates the role we have in the local healthcare environment and collaborates with health and social care providers to enhance patient outcomes.
She has had a number of clinical, educational and research roles and has become a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is responsible for placements for doctors that are completing General practice training in the urgent care environment.
Julia has experience in optimising Clinical performance and Clinical Governance. She has been motivated to support and develop quality standards throughout her career.
Dr Steve Hajioff
Director of public health, London Borough of Hillingdon
Steve is an experienced clinician with a track record of innovation and of thought leadership, particularly in the fields of health information and clinical data science. He is currently director of public health in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
As medical director of Health Dialog, Steve was closely involved in services covering ten million people in the UK and many millions in France, Spain, Australia and the United States. Health Dialog was the largest predictive risk modelling and shared decision making provider in the world.
Steve has worked with many organisations as a consultant including WHO, UNICEF, OECD, the European Observatory on Health Care Systems, the European Insurance Forum, the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, the World Bank, many NHS organisations, Public Health England, Reuters, BMJ, Bupa, AT Kearney, Towers Watson, Methods Analytics, Infinity Health, Elsevier and several overseas governments. He also led the research team for a UK cross-governmental review of the health of the working-aged population. Steve was chairman of the Representative Body of the British Medical Association for several years. Steve is currently chair of the post-traumatic stress disorder guideline development group.
Consultant in clinical oncology and professor of clinical oncology
Peter is a clinical oncologist. His main interests are in management of cancers of the urogenital tract and lymphomas. He has extensive clinical trial experience. Peter was previously a member of our prostate and lymphoma clinical guideline committees and chair of our colorectal clinical guidelines committee.
Clinical quality assurance manager
Rachael has over 20 years clinical experience working within the NHS as a registered nurse and as an Advanced Practitioner.
She has a degree in Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters in Advance Practice. Rachael has numerous clinical and educational roles, including deputy course lead for the minor illness course at Liverpool John Moores, named nurse for safeguarding and CQC lead within her organisation.
She has a wealth of experience in clinical governance and quality improvement. Rachael is passionate about driving quality improvements and standards to ensure the delivery of high quality, patient centred care.
She has a particular interest in antimicrobial stewardship.
Dr Devina Maru
Portfolio doctor within General Practice
Devina was one of the national medical director’s clinical fellows working within the Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Directorate at the Care Quality Commission and is a GP registrar by background. Devina holds various national and international board roles including primary care advisor for the NIHR Hearing Theme Board, was the national RCGP clinical champion for hearing loss and currently works within the Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity team within OHID, for the Department of Health and Social Care.
JShe has experience of working with multi-professional committees at both local, regional and national level, and has an understanding of the breadth of healthcare, public health, and social care systems, including mechanisms required to support continuous quality improvement. She has a diverse range of clinical and business experience after completing her MBA and is a founder of Health Pioneers Charity, helping reduce health and education inequalities amongst lower socio-economic deprived areas and ethnic minorities.
She is the 2021 winner of the UK Asian Women of Achievement Award – Young Achiever Category and Pulse GP Awards – GP Trainee/Rising Star.
Ms Jane Putsey
Jane has spent many years campaigning at grassroots for improved services. She's been active in advocating improvements in information around infant feeding as a response to her own experiences, and those in her local community. Recent experience of caring for elderly parents has led to an interest in end of life care and the role of carers.
Jane has been a non-executive director of a strategic health authority, a trustee of a UK charity and represented the lay perspective on many committees. She lives in the west coast of Scotland.
Dr Murugesan Pilomon Raja
GP, GP Trainer, Clinical Lead Respiratory Medicine, Clinical Lead Quality and Performance, NHS Greater Manchester
Murugesan Raja is an enthusiastic, diligent, and caring member of the health and care(medical) profession. He has a genuine and kind approach, is committed to building back fair and is an authentic leader. His expertise includes General Practice, respiratory medicine, quality and performance and clinical leadership.
With over eight year’s strategic leadership and board experience, in Manchester, Greater Manchester and nationally, he still maintains a strong desire and continues to contribute to system leadership. Currently, he serves as the clinical lead for quality and performance, for Manchester locality and clinical lead for respiratory medicine, for Manchester and Greater Manchester.
Mrs Lindsay Rees
Lindsay has been a registered general nurse for 17 years, working in both the public and private sector in a variety of settings. She completed a degree in philosophy before training to be a nurse at Southampton University. In the early part of her career, she worked in cardiothoracic surgery and coronary care.
She is currently one of two regional clinical managers responsible for clinical governance across 21 nursing homes, 4 of which are dedicated dementia communities. Lindsay is also a member of the regional quality assurance team, supporting nursing homes to comply with the Care Quality Commission's regulations and fundamental standards.
Lindsay is dedicated to supporting staff to provide outstanding care for older people living in nursing homes.
She has recently started to focus on working to reduce falls in nursing homes.
Louis has a wide range of clinical experience, and currently works as a sessional GP (Primary Care) and as a GPSI in care of the elderly (Secondary Care). He has an interest in healthcare quality improvement and evidenced-based practice.
Louis has worked as a specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). He currently sits as a fitness to practice tribunal member for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) and as a guideline committee member for NICE.
Louis is a registered charity commission trustee for Cleeve Hill Common, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
Dr Nick Screaton
Consultant radiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Nick is a consultant radiologist with a particular interest in cardiothoracic imaging. His specific interests include imaging in pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease and lung cancer screening. These are all topics on which he lectures at national and international meetings.
Nick has contributed widely to guideline development with the Royal College of Radiologists, British Thoracic Society and our guidelines updates standing committee. He is currently vice president for the British Institute of Radiologists, councillor for the European Society of Thoracic Imaging and elected council member for the Royal College of Radiologists.
Director, Census Data Collection and Transformation Programme and Director of Covid Infection Survey
Ruth joined ONS in June 2020 having worked in policy departments for a number of years. Ruth is a member of the UK Government Statistical Service and led a number of statistical teams across various sectors. Ruth has experience leading multi-disciplinary teams working in health statistics and research, as well as various policy and regulatory roles. Ruth has a particular interest in producing statistics and intelligence to inform decision making, and reflecting how evidence will be used.
Ruth is currently Interim Director for the CIS in the Health Analysis and Pandemic Insight Directorate and Director for Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme, leading an ambitious programme on the future of population and migration statistics.
Prior to this Ruth led the Covid Infection Survey Analysis team - a survey widely considered to be the gold-standard for infection rates in the UK and the envy of many countries around the world, responding to rapidly changing user needs. The survey has been a critical source of information to help make policy decisions in response to the pandemic.
Dr Mark Temple
Clinical ambassador to GIRFT West Midlands, NHS England
Mark pioneered changes to acute medical services in Heart of England Trust as clinical director and associate medical director. As acute care fellow, Royal College of Physicians, Mark commissioned and edited the acute care toolkits (2011-14) and chaired the hospital pathways work stream of the Future Hospital Commission. Appointed Future Hospital Officer he led the RCP program implementing the commission’s recommendations.
Mark is a champion for general internal medicine and past president of the West Midlands physicians association. He chaired the medical patient safety executive group (NHSE) and is a member of the national patient safety response advisory panel. Mark is an associate editor of future healthcare journal and edited journal issues on digital healthcare (2017).