Transformation and Improvement Special Interest Group

We have three transformation and improvement SIG Leads:- Debra, Dave and Mike.

Debra Gilderdale – Bradford

Debra has been in the post of Deputy Director within Bradford District NHS Care Foundation Trust since December 2014.  She is responsible for Acute and Community Mental Health, CAMHS, IAPT and Learning Disabilities.  Her role includes the transformation of services across all teams, and  acute, crisis mental health taking  a whole system integrated approach  to providing excellent high quality care.  She is leading on the Urgent and Emergency Care  Mental Health Liaison Vanguard for west Yorkshire and proud to be a Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative specialist  lead for Transformation and Improvement.

Dave Sweeney – Halton CCG

Dave is the Interim Chief Officer  at NHS Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council. One of a few hybrid Strategic Commissioners that span both the CCG and LA. He drives fully integrated approach seeing the pooling of over 42m of local statutory provision. He has 18 years experience working in and commissioning, transformation and change management and is a multi award winning commissioner. In early 2016 Dave won Uk Social Value individual leader award. Dave is passionate about mental wellbeing, social value and harnessing the power of communities. He is a world record holder. Dad of 2 perfect girls- A musician and a life long punk rocker! @davesween1969

Dr Mike Hunter – Sheffield

Mike Hunter is a Consultant Psychiatrist with a background in Rehabilitation & Recovery. He is Clinical Director for Inpatient and Community Mental Health Services at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. Mike is interested in community alternatives to hospital and led the development of Sheffield’s Community Enhanced Recovery Team (CERT). The CERT team has brought back to Sheffield, and into their own independent tenancies, services users who had previously been within the out-of-area ‘locked rehab’ system. The success of the team has led to a 99% reduction in hospital bed nights needed by these service users. Mike has also led on the abolition of acute out-of-area bed use in Sheffield by developing an integrated community and inpatient acute care pathway.
you can contact Mike on twitter at @DrMikePsych  or by email at