North East & Yorkshire with SCNAC Logo

North East

          1. NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB
          2. NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB
          3. NHS South Yorkshire ICB
          4. NHS West Yorkshire ICB


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Anthony Birmingham Chair North East & Yorkshire SCNAC

Anthony Birmingham

RNLD – Registered Manager – Positive Individual Proactive Support (PIPS)

From beginning my time in social care in 2011, working as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities, autism, and complex and challenging behaviours, I qualified as RNLD in 2016. 

Remaining within social care was important to me as I recognised the need for the skills and experience a nurse can bring to the support offered outside of inpatient or other health-led services. I wanted to be part of that! 

There were comments and questions from colleagues around my choice, which meant initially, the decision brought a feeling that beginning my nursing career in social care might not have been the best plan; I soon recognised this couldn’t be further from the truth. I very quickly learned that social care nurses are something special! 

I was able to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge, and I built resilience and confidence through autonomous work and learning, as well as through lone working opportunities I was offered. I have worked in various roles since qualifying, both hands-on with people supported, leading teams as a practice leader, and my current role managing operations across multiple services. All as a Social Care Nurse.

The skills and qualities of social care nurses are highly prized and need to be celebrated both by us as a sector and as widely as possible. I am both grateful and excited to be able to chair the North East and Yorkshire SCNAC. It’s a forum that I hope will give the opportunity to raise the social care nursing voice, celebrate and showcase the great work social care nurses do, and, importantly, highlight the possibilities available in social care open to our future aspiring nurses.  

There is a world of opportunity and chance to make a huge difference in Social Care Nursing, and I am glad to be a part of that.

Karen Roberts Co-Chair of North East & Yorkshire SCNAC


Group Head of Health & Clinical Governance Quality
Lifeways Group

I am a Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse and Queens Nurse and have worked in Social care and for Lifeways for 25 years. My current role sees me having responsibility for all health and well-being related policies, providing advice and guidance to colleagues, supporting people to ensure they receive any reasonable adjustments they may need, providing clinical supervision, working with our Learning and Development team to ensure colleagues are suitably trained to carry out their roles, clinical governance, ensuring we are always working towards best practice guidelines and initiatives. I love working in social care and seeing the people we support grow and develop and reach their full potential through the fantastic support they receive.

Julie Clennell Interim Joint Regional Chief Nurse North Easy & Yorkshire


Interim Joint Chief Nurse
North East & Yorkshire

Gill Hunt Interim Joint Regional Chief Nurse North Easy & Yorkshire


Interim Joint Chief Nurse
North East & Yorkshire

North East & Yorkshire

NameJob TitleOrganisation
Anthony BirminghamRegistered ManagerPositive Individual Proactive Support Ltd
Karen RobertsGroup Head of Health and Clinical GovernanceLifeways Group
Julie ClennellRegional Chief Nurse - North East & YorkshireNHS North East & Yorkshire
Gill HuntRegional Chief Nurse - North East & YorkshireNHS North East & Yorkshire
Teresa FenechChief Nursing OfficerHumber and North Yorkshire ICB
David PurdueChief Nursing OfficerNorth East and North Cumbria ICB
Cathy WinfieldChief Nursing OfficerSouth Yorkshire ICB
Beverley GearyChief Nursing OfficerWest Yorkshire ICB
Karen MorseHead of AreaSkills for Care
Kristian GarsedRegional Regulation AdvisorNMC
Loucia KyprianouRegulation Advisor - Independent Health and CareNMC
Claire PryorAssistant ProfessorNorthumbria University
Katie VeseyStudent NurseStudent Nurse
Rory McDonnellCEOCavalry Care
Leanne HumeLead Nurse Independent Health and Social Care Northern RegionRCN
Michelle RaddingsLead Nurse Independent Health and Social Care Yorkshire and HumberRCN
Chika ObasiCharge NurseElysium Healthcare
Jenna CannonAdmiral NurseSt Cuthberts Hospice
Sally DunneLearning and Development LeadChoice Support
Debbie WinderAssociate Director of Nursing and QualityWest Yorkshire ICB
Nicola GreenwoodSocial Care Workforce LeadHumber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

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