Contact your ChiMat local specialist
ChiMat is supporting the development of a network of health intelligence and service improvement professionals based in each region to support you locally. The specialist in your area supports NHS organisations and their partners in local government and the voluntary sector to improve the quality of services through the effective use of information and evidence.
ChiMat’s local specialists work with you to develop your organisation’s capacity to use information and evidence effectively to improve outcomes for people using maternity and children’s services in your community.
The free on-site support we offer includes:
- Advice and support in using child and maternal health data, including help with collating and analysing data for specific projects.
- Training for you and your team on how to use the ChiMat website and online tools.
- One-to-one guidance on using available tools and data to improve your commissioning process.
We encourage you to contact the ChiMat lead in your area (details below) to discuss your requirements. Alternatively you can contact David Wells, Deputy Director and local network lead, email or tel: 07876 031178.
East of England
Yorkshire and the Humber
Natalie is the ChiMat local specialist for the East Midlands and is based within the East Midlands Public Health Observatory (EMPHO). Natalie leads on a regional work plan developed in partnership with the Strategic Health Authority and local stakeholders. Natalie also provides regional support through training and one to one support for local practitioners and analysts on ChiMat tools, website and information.
Natalie has eight years' NHS experience and has worked in public health analysis for the past two years. Within EMPHO Natalie also leads on mental health and social marketing.
This post is hosted by the East Midlands Public Health Observatory (EMPHO)
tel: 01623 812069
East of England
Julia is the ChiMat local specialist for the East of England. She started in the role in May 2010 and will be attending local meetings, workshops and one-to-one sessions to demonstrate the use of ChiMat's tools, information and intelligence in supporting the child health community in the area. She will also give feedback from them to ChiMat. Julia works with the other ChiMat local specialists each based at their region's Public Health Observatory.
Julia has worked as an Information Analyst for the NHS in the East of England for the last 7 years. Before that, she was a teacher. She has a PhD in Biology and an MSc in IT (Software and Systems).
This post is hosted by the East of England Public Health Observatory (ERPHO)
tel: 01223 330353
Helen Munro Wild
Helen is the ChiMat local specialist for London and is based within the London Health Observatory. She started in the role in July 2010 and will support key stakeholders in understanding and using child and maternal health intelligence, for the purposes of improving services locally. In addition, she also has a wider role within the LHO as a senior public health information officer.
Helen has worked in public health for eight years; at the Health Protection Agency, NHS Hammersmith and Fulham, and the London Health Observatory, as well as spending some time in India working on an HIV prevention programme. She has worked on a range of surveillance and research programmes in a managerial and analytic capacity. Helen has a BSc in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Bath and an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
This post is hosted by the London Health Observatory (LHO)
tel: 020 7685 6776
Helene is the ChiMat local specialist for the North East of England and joined the team in September 2010. Helene works part-time and is based in the Regional Maternity Survey Office (RMSO) in Newcastle. Helene will engage with relevant stakeholders by offering support and training to increase their organisation’s capacity to use child and maternal health intelligence. Through a centralised approach to children’s information resources and the suite of ChiMat’s online tools, Helene will assist key players to understand ‘the message behind the numbers’ and consequently make evidence based decisions to improve service delivery.
Helene’s background is predominately local government, having spent over 10 years in roles relating to performance and project management within social services and the analysis and accurate recording of data. Helene has also undertaken and led several specialist projects involving integrating new IT systems, developing training programmes and conducting user experience surveys.
This post is hosted by the North East Public Health Observatory (NEPHO)
tel: 0191 233 1658
Lynn Deacon is the North West ChiMat local specialist. This is a full-time post in the North West, and Lynn supports the SHA and other key stakeholders with child and maternal health information needs, as well as providing advice, support and training across the region on ChiMat tools and intelligence.
Prior to her appointment as North West local specialist, Lynn worked within the North West Public Health Observatory as Knowledge and Communications Project Manager, managing and contributing to a variety of research outputs. Lynn also worked in a range of research and analytical roles in the learning and skills sector for several years before working in public health. She is a graduate of Bradford University School of Management and a Chartered Marketer.
This post is hosted by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO)
tel: 0151 231 4346
Susan supports the development and delivery of health intelligence in the field of child and maternal health for the South East Region. This includes leading a programme of training professionals in the use of information resources to support decision making to improve the health and well-being of children, young people and pregnant women across the region. Key stakeholders across the South East are the main focus of this programme of meetings, workshops and one-to-one liaison and support. Based in Oxford at the South East Public Health Observatory (SEPHO), Susan will be travelling around the region to deliver this role.
Susan has both a medical and business background, having studied Medicine as well as qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She has over 10 years' experience in NHS management and local government, including project management, strategic planning and financial management.
This post is hosted by the South East Public Health Observatory (SEPHO)
Jenny Weeks is the South West ChiMat local specialist. Her role is to provide local support and training in using the ChiMat tools and services and ensuring these meet the requirements of Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Local Area (LA) commissioners.
This part time role overlaps and complements being the lifestyle analyst in the South West Public Health Observatory (SWPHO) where Jenny works closely with the Regional Public Health Government Office Healthy Weight Healthy Lives Team on the Healthy Weight for Children Hub website and National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP) and with the Healthy Schools Programme on the Mapping Tools. She previously worked within SWPHO on regional clinical cancer audit particularly gynaecology.
Jenny has a research background with an MSc in Biological Sciences (Natal) and a PhD in Zoology (Swansea). She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry both in marketing and research and before joining SWPHO was a researcher in Bristol on a MRC funded childhood asthma project.
This post is hosted by the South West Public Health Observatory (SWPHO)
tel: 0117 970 6474 ext. 306
Anna is the ChiMat local specialist role within the West Midlands. Working closely with West Midlands Public Health Observatory, Anna works with regional and local colleagues within the health economy to support the use of child and maternal health information to inform decision making to improve outcomes for children, young people and pregnant women.
Anna has worked on children and young people’s health issues within Public Health for the last 12 years at a strategic and operational level. She has substantial experience of commissioning sexual health provision and services for teenage parents and their children. Working for the past 4 years at regional level for Government Office West Midlands, Anna has performance managed 14 local areas on a range of child and maternal health issues and has experience of developing data systems at a regional level.
This post is hosted by the West Midlands Public Health Observatory (WMPHO)
tel: 077877 67085
Yorkshire and the Humber
Craig Baxter is the ChiMat local specialist for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. His role involves working with organisations in the region, including NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber, to develop tools to help them make the best use of child and maternal health intelligence. He also provides support and advice to local organisations on how best to use the knowledge the tools provide through training and workshops.
Craig also fulfils a wider role as part of the central ChiMat team, providing health intelligence and project management expertise to a number of ChiMat projects. In particular, Craig's work focuses on developing predictive modelling tools, such as those included in the PREview project.
Craig comes from a private sector background, specialising in economics and project management. He has a first class degree in Economics and is currently undertaking an MSc in Public Health at York University.
This post is hosted by the Yorkshire & Humber Public Health Observatory (YHPHO)
tel: 01904 435 145
mob: 07795 315162