Chief Operating Officer, Health Innovation Manchester
Amanda has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS and initially she trained as a physiotherapist, becoming a clinical specialist in spinal musculo-skeletal conditions. Amanda then moved into senior and executive management roles within various areas across the NHS including acute, community and mental health services as well as across social care, before taking executive transformation roles spanning across entire systems in the North West. For the last four years, Amanda has worked at Health Innovation Manchester as an executive director and is currently its Chief Operating Officer. Amanda was instrumental in leading and shaping Health Innovation Manchester, which brought the Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science Network (AHSN) and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) together, to focus on driving rapid innovation from discovery through to development then into system adoption. In 2019 Health Innovation Manchester was joined by National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborative for Greater Manchester (NIHR ARC-GM), bringing together researchers, health and care providers, patients and communities to deliver large programmes of research. More recently, Health Innovation Manchester has become a leading digital transformation vehicle for the Greater Manchester system with national recognition. As an Executive member, Amanda’s role is to build a culture of partnerships and collaboration to create a seamless pathway from discovery, science and industry engagement through to adoption and diffusion at pace and scale. This includes leadership of Health Innovation Manchester’s AHSN commission within Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire. Amanda is truly passionate about improving standards of healthcare and well-being across the whole health and social care economy working with partners, patients and the wider population to rapidly discover, develop and deploy innovations utilising digital capabilities.