27 January, 2020

Our team has grown! Meet the new members

Towards the end of 2019, Health Technology Wales grew with the addition of several new recruits.

It means we now have 20 members of staff, with 17 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs), and it has increased capacity in key areas of our work to improve the quality of care in Wales.

Alice Evans joined as Patient and Public Involvement Officer and is responsible for providing information to patients, patient organisations, carers and members of the public. Before joining us, Alice designed a curriculum of skills training for paediatric clients of the Posture and Mobility All Wales Service in partnership with patients and families. Afterwards, Alice worked in continuing healthcare (CHC) with south and east localities to develop training to improve understanding of CHC and dementia care across South Wales in partnership with care home networks and NHS.

Our research function has been boosted with the recruitment of four Health Services Researchers. They will support our work to provide national approach to the identification, appraisal and adoption of non-medicine health technologies in Wales.

Before joining Health Technology Wales, Kim Cann worked as an Epidemiologist and then as a Researcher for the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer, before training in Public Health. Kim also works part-time in a Local Public Health Team, where she leads on developing a new type of health needs assessment. She is passionate about reducing inequalities in access to health and care, and encouraging a value-based healthcare approach – getting the best patient outcomes with the resources we have. Her qualifications include an MSc Health Sciences and Masters in Public Health.

Bridget-Ann Kenny joined Health Technology Wales on secondment from the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC) in November 2019. She works across both organisations, supporting patient access to both health technologies and medicines. Bridget-Ann has previous experience in academia and holds qualifications in Cell Biology (PhD) from University College London, in Molecular Medicine (MSc), and in Neuroscience (BA), both from Trinity College Dublin.

After completing his BSc in Biochemistry and MPhil in Molecular Biology, Adrian Mironas pursued a PhD in Clinical Diagnosis and Disease Management in collaboration with the NHS and industry. He has previously worked within the NHS as a researcher, clinical trial logistic co-ordinator and in blood sciences. Through his role with Health Technology Wales, Adrian is passionate about driving innovation and supports the development of our Adoption Audit Function.

Jessica Williams was previously a Medical Writer at the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC), supporting the health technology assessment of medicines and the identification of new medicines. This experience has led to Jessica’s involvement in our horizon scanning process. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Natural Science, and previous experience in clinical research.

Our Programme Office has also been boosted with the recruitment of Tracey Saunders, who has a Medical Secretary background and brings 27 years of experience of working in the NHS.