11. Mid & South Essex

Caron Sanders-Crook

Professional Nurse Advocate Gold Chief Nurse ASC Award Winner Operations Manager Canford Healthcare

Caron has worked in health and social care for nearly 40 years in operational, quality and governance roles.

Recent appointments include ICB Chair for Mid and South Essex Nursing Advisory Council.

Caron has recently contributed to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Post Registration Standards Assimilation Process and the Field Specific Standards Reference Group with the Queens Nursing Institute, developing and mapping Standards of Education and Practice for Nurses for a Community Nursing Specialist Practice Qualification.

She authored an Amazon best-seller, a no-holds-barred exploration of PTSD and its impact on families and contributes to a co-production group for veterans, reservists, and families, designing services for Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust.

Caron is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, where she coaches and mentors rising stars in the NHS and Social Care sector.

Dr Giles Thorpe

Dr Giles Thorpe joined NHS Mid and South Essex in 2023 as Executive Chief Nursing Officer.

Prior to this, he held the positions of Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at East Suffolk and North East Essex NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Clinical Quality and Deputy Chief Nurse at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s).

He has also been Deputy Director of Nursing at Colchester Hospital and, before that, Deputy Director of Clinical Governance at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals. Giles has also held national roles at NHS Blood and Transplant and is a graduate of the Nye Bevan programme run by the NHS Leadership Academy.

Giles trained as a nurse over 20 years ago after working in the City of London.  Giles completed his professional doctorate in health services management at the University of Essex in 2022 and was also awarded and an Honorary Professorship in the School of Health and Social Care at the University.

Giles lives in Essex.

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