|Name||Dr Kathleen (Kate) Fallon|
|Qualifications||1975 MA – First-Class Honours in Physiological Sciences, Oxford University.
1978 MB BS – University of Newcastle.
GMC Registration: 2431240.
|Key Skills and Achievements||As a former GP, Kate is passionate about improving services for patients and families and has championed the concept of integrated care, both locally and nationally, for many years.Kate is an effective team builder with a capability for establishing partnerships at a local and regional level.
She is also politically astute and is able to bring many years of experience of clinical service in the NHS to her leadership role.
Kate is recognised nationally as a champion for Transforming Community Services, serving on the Department of Health Transforming Community Services Programme Board and speaking at strategic meetings on the subject, having been involved in the national Community Foundation Trust pilot work since July 2006.
Kate has successfully made the transition from clinical leadership to very senior management, as one of the few medically qualified chief officers in the UK.
|Experience||Kate was born and educated in the North East of England. She studied for her first degree at Oxford University and undertook her clinical studies at Newcastle University, where she qualified as a doctor in 1978.She moved to the North West to train as a GP and practised as a GP in Wigan for over 20 years.
Early in her career she started to follow her special interest in improving healthcare services for patients, often challenging traditional patterns of care delivery by the NHS.
In 1997 she was asked to become a part-time Clinical Director at the local hospital group in Wigan, where she helped establish a range of innovative care pathways for patients with conditions such as diabetes, lung problems and cancer.
When the Primary Care Trust (PCT) was established in 2002 she was appointed Medical Director, responsible for maintaining professional standards in high quality care. Adding to that role, in 2004, she left her GP practice to develop the community services which were responsible to the PCT.
Kate is now CEO of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust which aims to become one of the first Community Foundation Trusts by 2013.