Change that leads to better lives

Edana Minghella, Associate

Edana Minghella

Edana is an experienced independent consultant in health & social care policy, service development and research. She regularly undertakes local and national policy, service improvement & consultancy work, including for the DH, strategic health bodies, and local commissioners and providers.

Recent assignments include designing new models of care for dementia, developing pathways through primary care for people with mental health problems, and improving early diagnosis in cancer. She has excellent networks and exceptional knowledge of the evidence base. She specialises in collaborating with people who use services to ensure the patient experience is at the heart of her work.

Edana was formerly Associate Director (Health) at the Audit Commission, where she also had lead responsibility for mental health. Seconded to help with the then newly formed Healthcare Commission, she led the Standards Programme team, developing measurement of national standards across all NHS bodies. Edana’s earlier work at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health led directly to the inclusion of specific service models (Crisis Resolution Teams & Assertive Outreach) in the Mental Health NSF. Her report, Open all Hours, is a standard text for developing CRHT services.

Edana has a Doctorate in mental health services research from Middlesex University. Early in her career, she trained as a mental health nurse at the Maudsley Hospital, and this clinical background has been invaluable to her understanding of working on the frontline, bringing a distinctive ability to bridge the gap between strategic thinking, research and evaluation on the one hand, and the application of innovation in practice on the other. She is also a skilled facilitator, having qualified as a nurse teacher, gaining a PGCE(A) from the University of Surrey.

Recent publications include a Framework for the Dementia Commissioning Pack (DH, 2012), a regional Personality Disorder strategy for NHS South West, and a national report on improving cancer diagnosis (Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer, National Patient Safety Agency, 2010).

Contact Details

Tel: 01225 255 268

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