Our vision is to push for:
A seamless digital gateway to health and care settings.
Digitally enabled integrated clinically related processes
Equality for all patients regardless of place of care and digital literacy
The availability of digitally enabled self-care
These visions will be met by introducing the use of digital technology in health and wellbeing in people’s homes andcommunity settings and raising the awareness of the population. Our objectives are to influence.
Patient Empowerment in relation to their health and wellbeing
Digital capability and innovation
Invisible digital boundaries
All the information found on the website has been gathered and produced in partnership with health professionals, academics, social care staff, digital experts, care provider and the voluntary sector.
Additionally, this could not be achieved without the collaboration with patients and carers who are an integral part in influencing and producing the information contained on the website either directly as members of working groups or through evaluation of the services we have developed.
Meet the team
Dr Ruth Chambers OBE
Ruth is clinical lead technology enabled care services programme, Staffordshire digital workstream.
Ruth is an honorary professor at Staffordshire University and also Keele University. She has recently retired as a practising GP after 40 years in frontline medical practice.
Ruth is clinical lead for digital primary care transformation in practices across Staffordshire; and digital upskilling of general practice nurses via action learning to create more than 300 digital nurse champions across England.
Ruth sees digital delivery of care as a great catalyst in modernising usual service in the NHS and encouraging patients to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
With a professional background going back nearly 20 years, Alex has a significant amount of experience with technology.
His skills encompass a wide array, from the technical aspects of networking infrastructure, equipment deployment and management, to training, support, advice and guidance. Furthermore, Alex’s digital and graphic design skills, twinned with a high attention to detail, help to bridge these two areas when working with a client.
As one of the Directors of Wavemaker, Alex has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges that relate to the education and training sector. He is passionate about helping to steer change, both as an individual and as a representative of Wavemaker. The organisation’s core aim is to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to utilise technology in order to enhance and improve lives.
Wavemaker Stoke CIC
Rachel is a national project manager employed by Howbeck Healthcare and is the programme manager for the national general practice nursing digitally upskilling action learning set. This programme aims to create digital general practice nurse (GPN) champions – developing confidence, capability and capacity for delivery of accessible technology and prevention of avoidable illness, to empower the patient and improve healthcare outcomes.
Over the last three years Rachel has had a pivotal role in up-skilling general practice nurses, GPs, clinicians, and citizens both in the Staffordshire locality and nationally, helping to create digital champions with the knowledge and enthusiasm to continue rolling out technology enabled care in their own localities.
Previously Rachel has worked within the public sector for the Northern Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups and prior to this managed large teams nationally in the retail sector. Rachel has built on her knowledge and expertise providing project management support to innovative programmes to digitally upskill citizens and clinicians.
Rachel has a BA (hons) degree in English Language and Literature.
National Programme Manager – GPN and clinician digital upskilling
Special Projects Manager – Midlands and Lancashire CSU
Ann focuses on the delivery of digital up-skilling and mentorship of clinicians and care workers across all areas of Health and Social Care settings.
She has nursed for many years, mainly in acute specialities such as Neurosurgery, local Major injuries units and A+E departments in the secondary care setting.
She moved into primary care almost 20 years ago and realised that her role as a general practice nurse sat squarely in the midst of the general public, and patients, and that Primary care really was the gateway to secondary care.
By using technology she realised that she could improve management of LTCs, empower patients to self care safely with confidence and hopefully reduce their reliance on using the emergency care portals unnecessarily.
This interest in providing easily accessible support to her patients prompted Ann to eventually move into supporting the very nurses that perhaps hadn’t realised that to work ‘smarter not harder’ was the best way to manage an ever expanding clinical workload and that to use the digital tools available was in fact, a way of providing excellent standardised, sustainable care which had the capacity to future proof the NHS.
Digital Nurse Facilitator (nationally)
Telehealth facilitator (Staffordshire)
With over 23 years of experience in academia, Luke develops AI applications, mobile apps, virtual reality and augmented reality digital resources for health.
His work to develop a learning system for health students at Keele University was “Highly Commended” for Outstanding Digital Innovation of the Year category at Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2018.
Luke works on the Digital Inclusion Programme for North Staffordshire, funded by NHS England to create patient information resources for voice activated assistants (e.g. Alexa), smartphones and tablets.
As a Director for the Virtual Health SHED, he leads on projects working to create innovative digital solutions for patient information and clinical training.
Director, Virtual Health SHED Ltd.
Dave has held senior roles in NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire and Government Agencies in the West Midlands as well as being an experienced social entrepreneur having established and grown social and community enterprises – including a number in Health and Social Care.
Dave feels privileged to have been a charity trustee for a number of small local charities including Chair of a social business creating and sustaining opportunities for people with Learning Disability.
An experienced project leader, Dave is passionate about supporting service change and the development of sustainable delivery models through the true engagement, genuine involvement and creative participation of patients and the public.
Ben founded Wavemaker back in 2015 with the vision of creating a safe and open space for young people to learn more about technology and STEAM subjects. Ben is Company Director and Spokesman.
When he’s not at Wavemaker or out promoting the work we do, he can be found with his band ‘Hey Pixies’ or spending time with his family.
Wavemaker Stoke CIC
Up to his retirement in 2018 Ron had spent the last 20 years commissioning mental health and learning disability services in local authority and the NHS. Prior to this he worked in private industry in a range of finance and administration roles.
Since retirement he has led on the Project Management of the Digital Reach and Digital Inclusion Projects in the Staffordshire STP Digital Workstream Programme with a keen focus on improving the wellbeing of the community in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent using ‘off the shelf’ digital technology.
Outside of work he is a life long Stoke City supporter and active local football referee.