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Meet the Team

The Mind & Body Programme is centrally managed by a small team based in Counting House, Guy’s Hospital. Our team brings together a wealth of experience in healthcare, from both clinical and management roles:

Dr Sean Cross, Clinical Director

Sean is Clinical Director of the Mind & Body Programme at King's Health Sean CrossPartners; a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Managing Director of Maudsley Learning. Sean feels strongly that better integration of mental and physical healthcare provision requires evidence-based service transformation; high quality, meaningful education and training, and the harnessing of staff, patient and carer enthusiasm to bring about culture change in all our organisations.

Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE, Academic DirectorMatthew Hotopf

Matthew is Vice Dean of Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre. Matthew’s main area of research is in the grey area between medicine and psychiatry, exploring the interaction between mental and physical health, and uses ‘big data’ approaches to understand this interface better. He works clinically as a liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and St Christopher’s Hospice.

Kate Lillywhite grayscaleKate Lillywhite, Programme Director

Having graduated with a History degree, Kate joined the Civil Service in 2009. After a short stint in the Department of Transport, Kate joined the Department of Health. She was most recently Senior Team Lead on the Department of Health’s Efficiency Programme before leaving the Civil Service to join the NHS to lead the Mind & Body Programme.

Natalia Stepan, Senior Programme ManagerNatalia Stepan

Natalia started her career in consulting and has since worked in the NHS primarily driving strategy development at a service, organisation and national level at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England/Improvement. She works across a number of Mind & Body projects and has an overview of the wider Programme.

Naomi StentDr Naomi Stent, Primary Care Clinical Advisor

Naomi is a salaried GP in a busy Lambeth practice. She is passionate about General Practice and enjoys many aspects of this challenging and unpredictable specialty. She enjoys applying a holistic approach to her clinical practice and is particularly interested in improving the management of patients with medically unexplained symptoms. Her role is to improve social and primary care engagement with the Mind & Body programme.

Sophie Gray smallSophie Gray, Senior Project Manager

Sophie graduated with a BSc in Psychology and began working in the NHS in 2010. Having worked in health and social care commissioning and public health, Sophie now leads on a range of Mind & Body projects including Intellectual Disabilities, Staff Health and Wellbeing, and developing the Mind & Body offer for the Kings Health Partners Institutes. Sophie also has responsibilities for programme evaluation, data and analytics and research.

rachel croppedRachel Montgomery, Project Manager

Rachel has a PhD in molecular biology and a background in international health policy. As part of the Mind & Body team, Rachel leads the patient and public engagement activities, and the education and training programme. Rachel also has responsibility for the Champions Network.

Rumina TaylorDr Rumina Taylor, Value Based Healthcare Mind & Body Lead

Rumina is the Value Based Healthcare Mind and Body Lead at King’s Health Partners. She focuses on improving patient outcomes and integrating mental and physical healthcare. She is a Clinical Psychologist by training, and has extensive experience of working with patients with severe mental illness and transforming NHS services.

Elliann Fairbairn, Project Manager, Integrating Mental and Physical Healthcare Systems (IMPHS)Elliann Fairbairn

Elli is an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry including programs in cancer research, experimental medicine, pathology, healthcare, mental health and life sciences. 

Raymond McGrath, Lead Nurse, IMPHS 

Ray is a registered mental health nurse. He trained at King’s College London on their underRaymond McGrathgraduate nursing degree programme, and since qualifying has worked at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in a variety of nursing roles. In his current role, Ray uses his clinicalexperience to support implementation of IMPHS initiatives in practice; he also has responsibilities for navigating the clinical systems - auditing and service evaluation.

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