Attain welcomes new staff: June 2013

A number of talented recruits have joined the Attain Team in recent months. Here we introduce some of our new colleagues:

Bob Deans – Director

Bob has worked at clinical, managerial and executive levels in a NHS career spanning over 30 years. With 20 years’ experience at executive level, he has extensive experience of working as a senior leader in commissioning and provider organisations across the south east of England.

Bob has built strong local and regional reputations through delivering positive results to significant challenges. In the last 5 years he has led the transformation of 3 large NHS organisations (PCT, Mental Health Trust and a Community Trust) in his role as CEO.

Bob says that he is “very pleased to be working with the Attain team. My heart is in commissioning as I feel that is where the most significant transformations to whole system public services can be made. Working with Attain gives me the opportunity to work with great people who have an amazing range of skills, up and down the country. I am loving every moment of it.”

Priscilla Thomas – Manager

Priscilla is a healthcare professional with over ten years’ experience in both the public and private healthcare sectors, and recently social care. She has transferred knowledge from a medical / scientific focus towards that of business and stakeholder management within various NHS, Local Authority and private healthcare business transformation projects.

Priscilla explains that she joined Attain “to be part of an organisation who presented opportunities to focus on delivering tangible benefits to patients and the professionals who support their care and treatment plans”. Priscilla says that the strong ethos to make a positive difference to patient outcomes, the core values, and the high calibre staff are what makes Attain an attractive place to work.

Jenny Briggs – Senior Manager

Jenny is an experienced Programme Manager, Lean & Six Sigma Practitioner, Prince2 Practitioner, and Facilitator. She has over 10 years’ experience leading improvement and transformation within a range of NHS organisations and care settings, both in the acute sector and the community. Jenny has facilitated and led many national and local improvement projects, and has developed a number of toolkits and models to support the delivery of quality, safety and productivity improvements to healthcare services.

Most recently Jenny established and led a two year Transformation Programme within an acute hospital which delivered £30m cost savings, (over 5%), and a range of improvements to quality of care.

Jenny says that “Attain’s unique blend of values and professionalism appealed to me, and I am excited about the opportunity to work with the delivery team to support the challenges of the new commissioning landscape”.

Raj Ragiwala – Senior Manager

Raj brings with him a wealth of experience from public and private sector organisations with a successful track record of leading commercial projects in various procurement environments. Raj is experienced in undertaking complex procurement exercises and has a proven ability to effectively engage, influence and ensure the commitment of stakeholders at all levels to deliver the project objectives.

Raj’s most recent projects include a Managed Document Service Framework with a value of £170m for NHS Acute, Mental Health and Community Trusts in London. Whilst working with the NHS, Raj has independently delivered in excess of £1m savings per year.

Raj states that he has found the experience of joining Attain “very exciting and inspiring, working with highly professional staff to make a difference in patient’s lives.”