Introducing the Team

Sanjay Patel (Project Lead)

Sanjay is a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases working at Southampton Children’s Hospital. He is keen to improve the way that care is delivered to children with infections and to improve the way that antibiotics are used (antibiotic stewardship). He runs educational courses across the country on diagnosing and managing serious infections in children. He is also involved in delivering integrated children's services across Hampshire. His passion for service improvement stems from the time he spent working in South Africa, where he graphically saw the impact of systems failures on childhood outcomes. These have been his main drivers in setting up the Healthier Together initiative.

Oliver Morris

Oliver is a General Practitioner living in Hampshire. He works as a locum doctor with practices and the Out of Hours Service in the Southampton and New Forest region. He works one day a week teaching GP trainees. His interest and enthusiasm for paediatrics began with an academic training post at Southampton General Hospital and was consolidated by a rotation in paediatrics during his GP training, when he gained the Diploma in Child Health.

Andrew Stanley (Project Manager)

Andrew joined the Healthier Together initiative in 2017. He brings a young persons view to the development of health literature. Andrew has recently graduated from University College London with a MSc in Public Policy. He spent a significant amount of time studying health policy reform, this kickstarted his interest in healthcare innovation. Prior to his postgraduate studies he worked as an aide to a local MP. He now aims to forge a career in the NHS and sees Healthier Together as a great place to start. He shares in the project teams ambition to improve services for the children, young people and families of Wessex.

Holly Green

Holly is a specialist midwife working within public health in Southampton. Holly has worked across the midwifery service in the community and hospital setting. She spent many years working on the maternity day assessment unit and now works as a specialist midwife in optimal weight for pregnancy and public health. She is passionate about providing pregnant women with the resources to promote health during pregnancy. She sees Healthier Together as the perfect platform to empower pregnant women and new parents. She aims to provide helpful, practical information to mothers to alleviate anxiety and signpost appropriately to other health services.

Rory Honney

Having completed his undergraduate training at Oxford he undertook foundation and GP training in Wessex. During this time he was awarded the NHS Improving Global Health through Leadership Fellowship and spent a year working at the World Health Organisation in Denmark and the Jolie Pitt Foundation in Cambodia. He is currently one of only a handful of clinicians in the UK to have dual accredited in Public Health Medicine and General Practice concurrently whilst in training. He currently works two days a week as a GP Principal in a busy urban practice in Andover. The other three days a week he is working as a registrar on the UK Public Health consultant training programme with his current base at the University of Southampton supporting the work of the InterAction Council's One Health Agenda. In addition to this he is a trustee for the INGO Health Poverty Action whose work across the globe is rooted in the Alma Ata Declaration and the People's Health Movement. More recently Rory is working with Healthier Together to strengthen its collaboration with Public Health Teams across Wessex and develop its health promotion and disease prevention agenda.

David James

David is a senior doctor working in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. He is passionate about innovation and education and sees his new role within Healthier Together as the perfect opportunity to improve practice and reduce variability in the treatment of common acute paediatric conditions in Emergency Departments across Wessex. He has previously spent time as a Fellow in Medical Education and chaired the Royal College of Paediatrics Trainee Committee. Outside of work he is a keen cyclist, runner and swimmer.

James Edelman

James is a consultant paediatrician in Southampton, with a special interest in acute paediatrics. James is the education lead for the Paediatric Innovation, Education and Research Network (PIER) within the Wessex region and is very interested in increasing the experience of non-paediatric teams in working with paediatric patients. James has worked on number of GP paediatric education programmes within Wessex during his roles as Quality Improvement Fellow and within PIER and is keen to continue to explore the use of novel methods to improve the confidence of non-paediatricians in managing acutely unwell children.

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