Team members

National Clinical Leads

Jennifer Halliday, National Clinical Lead for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Jennifer is the National Clinical Lead for CAMHS with the MHAIST and is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at NHS Dumfries & Galloway. Jennifer graduated from Glasgow University in 1992 and initially trained as a General Practitioner. She began training as a psychiatrist in 1997 and took up post as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in 2005. Jennifer is an elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Child and Adolescent Faculty. Her passion is person centred care.

Marie Claire Shankland, National Clinical Lead for Psychological Therapies

Marie Claire is the National Clinical Lead for Psychological Therapy Interventions. Marie Claire has joined us from NES, where she was the programme director for psychological interventions and physical health. Marie Claire is a consultant clinical psychologist who specialises in older peoples care. Previously Marie Claire was the director of primary care psychological services in Sheffield.

Improvement Advisors

Marie Innes, Improvement Advisor

Marie Innes is an Improvement Advisor with MHAIST. Marie has worked on various improvement programmes including Patient Safety improvement in NHS Lanarkshire, the Specialist Dementia Unit Improvement Programme in Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Scottish Government’s Whole System Patient Flow Improvement Programme. Marie is a graduate of the Scottish Improvement Leaders (ScIL) Course.

Kirsty Ellis, Improvement Advisor

Kirsty Ellis is an Improvement Advisor with MHAIST; this work involves supporting teams in NHS boards to achieve the 18 week referral to treatment target in relation to PT and CAHMS.

Before joining the MHAIST programme, Kirsty was involved in the delivery of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme leading the paediatric and Neonatal safety programmes.

Project Support

Lynne Whiteman, Administrative Officer

Lynne provides project support to the core team at Healthcare Improvement Scotland. If you need help any help understanding what is on offer as part of the collaborative please contact for more information

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Data Analysts

As well as a core team of MHAIST analysts, all of the NHS boards have a locally embedded MHAIST data analyst who is available to help you think about the types of data you can collect for your improvement work. They are also available to help you think about how to display the data most effectively within your teams.

If you would like to be put in contact with your local MHAIST analyst, please contact for more information.

Data management

Elaine Pauline, Data Manager, ISD Scotland
Leigh Brown, Data Manager, ISD Scotland

Data management supports NHS Boards in submitting data by:

  • Developing data items as required for the submission of data.
  • Consulting on the appropriateness of the data items.
  • Developing codes, values and definitions for each data item.
  • Development of recording guidance documents and other documentation in order to support the Boards with data submissions
  • Advising the Boards on how to map items from their IT system to what is required within ISD.
  • Checking file validation.
  • Running initial checks to ensure that data is in the correct format, file length, etc.
  • Working with the NHS boards to understand any submission errors so the record can be resubmitted.
  • Monitoring and reporting on completeness of data items.
  • Monitoring records submitted with blank fields, or the use of unknown and other to understand why this is the case. Then working with the Boards to either develop a new data item that reduces the use of unknown/other or supporting the Board through training of staff so that a more appropriate value is used.
  • Working with teams to ensure that as many data items as possible are submitted by each NHS board.
  • Arranging site meetings with NHS boards to discuss data quality issues and to provide updates from within ISD.