Our team

Thomas Monaghan - National Programme Director at Healthcare Improvement Scotland

I’ve been part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub since 2015 when I joined to lead the newly-commissioned Living Well in Communities improvement programmes. I started my career in biomedical research before transferring my scientific approach and data skills to improvement in 2007. I have worked on projects in a range of sectors, including social housing, social care, community-based care and planned secondary care and have held different improvement roles, such as a data analyst, improvement advisor and leading national improvement programmes. In 2019 I became the National Programme Director for Access QI to lead the programme through its prototyping phase.

Colette Dryden - Improvement Advisor at Healthcare Improvement Scotland

I joined the NHS in 2007 and have worked in various quality focused roles in that time. My most recent role was as a an Improvement Manager in NHS Lanarkshire, influencing and supporting the use of improvement methodology to deliver the boards Primary Care Improvement Plan. Prior to this I worked as Lead Clinical Improvement Coordinator in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. I played a key role in the implementation and spread of various SPSP acute adult workstreams, as well as developing and growing the boards network of improvers. I joined Healthcare Improvement Scotland's ihub in 2019 to focus on using quality improvement to sustainably reduce waiting times across Scotland. 

Ashley Hamilton - Project Officer at Healthcare Improvement Scotland

I joined Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub as a Project Officer for the Access QI team in September 2019. Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to build a wealth of experience in various industries, work overseas and complete my Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Business and Marketing.

Joy Vamvakaris - Administration Officer at Healthcare Improvement Scotland

I joined Healthcare Improvement Scotland as the Administration Officer for Access QI in October 2019. My background is in Higher Education and Community Arts, where I worked as a researcher and project manager in areas related to quality and health and wellbeing.

Camilla Somers - Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist at Healthcare Improvement Scotland

I joined Healthcare Improvement Scotland in January 2020 as a Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist. I previously worked as a researcher at the University of Glasgow in the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment unit. My background is in understanding and evaluating community/patient preferences and needs for health services to inform their design and implementation.

Toby Stead - Data and Measurement Advisor at Healthcare Improvement Scotland

I joined the Data Measurement and Business Intelligence team in Healthcare Improvement Scotland in October 2019. Before this I worked as an analyst at the Information Services Division (ISD) on the Mental Health Access Improvement Support Team, as both an outposted analyst with NHS Dumfries and Galloway and a member of the national core team. I came to ISD from a Masters in Public Health at Sheffield University, where I developed an interest in health inequalities.

Laura Alison - Head of Quality Improvement at NHS Education for Scotland

My job at NHS Education for Scotland is to build Scotland's quality improvement capacity and capability. I do this through the delivery of a number of national programmes, our current offering being the Scottish Safety Quality Fellowship, Scottish Improvement Leader programme and Scottish Improvement Skills course.

Catriona Hayes - Leading Improvement Team at the Scottish Government

I am an Improvement Advisor in the Scottish Government Leading Improvement Team. Our team has a role to support the use of QI across the SG and wider public sector. As part of this I am working with the Access QI team to develop training and resources to help people to use QI to improve patient flow. My career background is as a statistician.