Attain has a carefully selected team of associates it works with to deliver projects across the UK. We draw on our networks across the sector to source specialist technical skills and deep subject matter knowledge to enhance the skills of our own team to ensure we are providing our client with the strongest team possible to meet its needs. We are currently working with up to 30 associates across the UK. Short biographies of three of our associates are included below.

Roman_BaczynskiRoman Baczynski

About Roman

Roman is an experienced qualified CIPFA accountant who has successfully led a range of assignments including service reconfigurations, non-financial strategies, financial recovery and performance improvement within and across primary and acute sectors. His experience includes working with a range of NHS organisations including providers, commissioners, strategic health authorities, whole health systems, the Department of Health, non-departmental public bodies as well as third sector organisations. His experience includes leading multi-disciplinary teams that included experts in finance, analytics, clinical services, estates, health planners, quantity surveyors and architects as well as other advisors to formulate service reconfiguration proposals including service transfers between two Trusts, reconfiguration proposals across sites for a multi-site Trust and reconfiguration of primary and secondary care services across an acute Trust and PCT, including the development of associated business cases. Roman has significant experience of assisting NHS provider organisations to review their Financial Recovery plans and approaches to addressing financial problems and the structural challenges currently faced by NHS organisations. He has led projects developing business cases as well as financial and non-financial assessments and evaluations with values ranging from £3m to over £100m. These assignments have included working with client organisation up to Board level as well as leading multidisciplinary teams involving a range of professional advisors.

C_AlexanderCaroline Alexander

About Caroline

Caroline is a highly experienced management consultant and project manager, having spent 18 years working with a wide range of healthcare organisations to plan and successfully implement their service delivery and programmes of work. Following the NHS General Management Training Scheme and an operational management career in acute and mental health hospitals Caroline moved into consultancy in the pharmaceutical sector, working to develop their core NHS business and market share. Caroline has subsequently worked as a management consultant with the largest national healthcare consultancy (Tribal) and now Attain, working with providers and commissioners across NHS acute, primary care and community health services, the independent sector and with the Department of Health. Caroline has a detailed knowledge of NHS contracting and negotiation; commissioning; business planning; service review, redesign and transformation; business case development and tendering. Caroline has worked with CCGs and CSUs on behalf of Attain.

Judith_DeanJudith Dean

About Judith

Judith has over 20 years’ experience of working with the NHS, including clinical, operational and executive positions. As a former Director of Commissioning she brings extensive experience of translating policy into implementation, cost improvement planning, commissioning, service design and change management. Recently she has worked with CSUs, CCGs and General Practices supporting them through the changes associated with the introduction of clinical commissioning. During 2012, Judith provided set-up support to a large CSU, including development of prospectus, service specifications and cost / pricing methodology. Leading the customer development work, she worked with 14 CCGs, across four clusters, to understand their vision for an requirements of commissioning support. Subsequently Judith led the development of the contract negotiation framework and providing coaching and support to new CSU staff in customer relationship management. Judith has undertaken assignments for a number of CCGs including production of outline strategic commissioning plans, performance management and prioritisation frameworks. Programme plan reviews and support for the development the integrated care priorities and supporting governance arrangements between Health and Social Care. Working with General Practices she has delivered facilitated workshops to support engagement of practice nurses and created patient engagement packs for GPs to use, explaining the changes related to clinical commissioning. A nurse by background, Judith is a strong advocate for open communication and is committed to the provision of high quality patient services, delivered within the context of finite and diminishing resources.

D_PayntonDavid Paynton

David Paynton

David Paynton qualified in 1975 going into General Practice in 1981. He was a full time GP in Bath Lodge Practice, Southampton before stepping into the corporate world of the PCT in 2005. As a full time principle, he was a past chair of the Wessex Faculty of the RCGP, chaired a local Multifund, an Out of Hours Cooperative as well as being a founder member of the GP Wessex Educational Trust and was a past GP tutor. Moving into the PCT as Chair of the Professional Executive, he became interim director of provider (community) services before moving into a Commissioning role before leaving in 2010. He has continued in part time clinical practice and is still working in an inner city practice in Southampton. He was appointed as National Clinical Lead for the RCGP Centre for Commissioning in 2012 and is also the clinical lead for Out of Hospital care for Southampton CCG and locality clinical lead for a group of practices within the CCG. He was nominated as a Fellow of the RCGP in 1994, took a business degree in 2005 at Solent University and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to health care.

Chris_RatcliffeChris Ratcliffe

About Chris

Chris is a former PCT Director of Commissioning with 20 years’ experience of leading change and improving services for patients, including development and implementation of key NHS policies. His commissioning experience covers all aspects of planned and unplanned care including primary, community, acute, mental health, specialised services and joint commissioning. Recently, Chris has worked with CCG pathfinders and led the implementation of Transforming Community Services where he led the national development of information systems for community services as well as advising on the new standard contract. Prior to this, Chris led the introduction of Practice Based Commissioning in Sheffield and was the Payment by Results lead for an early implementer health economy. He was lead commissioner for specialised services in Sheffield and lead commissioner for secondary and tertiary cardiac services in North Trent and additionally, led commissioning for children’s services in North Trent, working with NHS and local authority partners. Chris’s experience of clinical engagement extends from four years in General Practice through working alongside PEC chairs, clinical networks and PBC leads, to developing policy with national clinical leaders.

A_YorkeAlison Yorke

Alison Yorke

Alison is a passionate and motivated organisation design and development consultant, achieving improved performance through restructure, effective change management and communications and increased engagement at all levels within client organisations. Alison has led programmes across the health sector and for a number of CSUs and CCGs, whilst working with Attain. She had helped clients save millions of pounds by restructuring in line with strategy and designing and embedding new ways of working. Alison’s specialties are operationalising strategies, achieving change at all levels, process redesign to achieve efficiency and effectiveness improvements, designing organisation structures to deliver to customer requirements, project design and planning, workforce planning, cost reduction, communications – internal and external, coaching and leadership development.