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Meet the Team

Sally Bassett

Sally Bassett

Forum Chair

Sally trained initially as a pupil nurse in Oxford and went on to become a Registered Nurse which set her on a course committed to continuous learning and professional development. Sally completed her Intensive Care training and specialised in general medicine; sally went on to hold positions at Government and national level in the Department of Health in England as a Nurse Advisor, as the Regional Deputy Chief Nurse and as a Primary Care Trust Director of Nursing and Therapies and as the Independent Nurse on a Clinical Commissioning Group.  Sally held senior lecturer positions in the Education and Health faculties of Oxford Brookes. She is a qualified Coach and an Honorary Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.  Sally worked in PwC Professional Advisory Services for over seven years providing clinical and professional advice to high profile and complex events in the UK and overseas; Sally has led regulatory clinical investigation, board leadership assessment and development and productivity improvement projects giving her unique commercial, consulting, investigating and cultural change insights.

Lindsey Scott

Lindsey Scott

Lindsey trained as a nurse at Leeds General Infirmary and as a midwife in Central Manchester. Her clinical career was in Oncology and she worked at the Christie Hospital Manchester in a number of roles. 

Having decided to pursue a career in management and leadership she moved to Bolton as General Manager and Head of Nursing for Acute Medicine & Emergency Services. During this time she was successful in obtaining a bursary from a fund established by the Chief Nurse, to facilitate more women accessing board level posts. She studied part-time at Manchester Business School and obtained a distinction MBA. 

Her first board role was in 1995 as Executive Director of Nursing at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital followed by Chief Nurse at University Hospitals Bristol 1998 - 2009. During her time there she was a member of the first Healthcare Commission team to visit Mid-Staffordshire and expose the issues which led to the Francis Inquiry. In her latter years in this role her interest in governance led to her also taking on the Director of Governance role. Her provider experience at board level was completed with a 3 year appointment as director of operations at Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust.

She then moved into commissioning in 2011 as Director of Nursing and Quality for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire PCT and was appointed in 2013 as Director of Nursing and Quality for NHS England in the same patch plus Somerset. This role expanded to cover the whole of the SW in 2015 before Lindsey took her NHS retirement in 2016.

Since then Lindsey as established herself as an independent healthcare advisor. In 2016/17 she has been working as a subject matter expert and visiting lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University as they develop their online MBA in health and social care.
Helen Stanley

Helen Stanley

Helen undertook her nurse education at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and gained extensive clinical and managerial critical care experience in London and the South East. She went on to develop her academic career and was until recently the Academic Lead for Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Brighton, where she is now an Honorary Senior Lecturer teaching leadership.

Helen has designed a number of successful research and practice-development projects to support leadership for workforce development, service reconfigurations and international initiatives. She has also worked on the evaluation and impact of continuing and professional education, work-based learning, advanced nursing practice and interprofessional learning. 

Helen is now undertaking a PhD in the realist evaluation of the learning and development strategies in a Clinical Leadership Programme. She is also an independent Consultant, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and working on the HEE/RCN Career Framework Project. 
Vinice Thomas

Vinice Thomas

Vi is a Director of Nursing and Quality responsible for Specialised Commissioning at NHS England (London region). She leads  on quality improvement monitoring, quality assurance, safeguarding for Specialised Services within London.  Her clinical speciality is critical care nursing. Vi has worked in a variety of leadership roles within acute NHS Trusts, CCGs/PCTs, the King’s Fund and the Department of Health. Vi is committed to promoting quality in patient care, leadership, and the development of staff

Vi is a Fellow with the Health Foundation, is a member of the Editorial board for a national nursing journal and is on the CNO BME Advisory committee. Vi has edited and written: The Fundaments of Infection Prevention and Control, which is also available in Polish, and co-authored A Service Improvement Toolkit for Maternity Teams during her work with The King’s Fund.
In her spare time, Vi enjoys creative writing and has recently published her first children’s book, Rebecca and the Strangest Garden.

Kate Wells McCulloch

Kate Wells-McCulloch

Kate is an accomplished Registered Care Home Manager with Regional experience and is a CQC specialist advisor in this field. Kate is currently a Lecturer in Health at the University Centre South Devon College and is the module lead for the Nursing Associate Pilot.

Kate has proudly maintained a productive, efficient and quality driven environment and is committed to continuous process improvement in the face of rapidly evolving and changing markets. As a management professional, she seeks to innovate and be creativity in solving complex problems.  Kate has invested in her professional development including presenting at national conferences and at the Houses of Parliament and gaining a diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.


Professional Lead: Christine McKenzie

Page last updated - 16/08/2019