Members of the AHCS Registration Council
With the ever increasing development of the Academy for Healthcare Science Accredited Register and following the revision of the Regulatory Framework, there is a vacancy for a Lay Member on the AHCS Registration Council. The role ensures a perspective on the registration process from the point of view of patients and the public and contributes to all discussions and decisions. It requires a minimum commitment of 4 Council meetings per year, although you may also be asked to be involved in other activities such as registration appeals or fitness to practise hearings.
If you are interested in joining the Academy’s Registration Council or would like to be considered for other future Councils, could you please reply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Janet Monkman, AHCS Registrar and CEO, attaching a copy of your CV.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Carly Allen, the Registration Council Administrator, at email@example.com.
Biographies of the members of the AHCS Registration Council
Mrs Patricia Le Rolland (Lay member)
Patricia Le Rolland has worked in the public sector for over forty years. She has an extensive and broad experience in health care, healthcare education and healthcare regulation. Working at a national level for the last fifteen years, Patricia has worked with or advised most of the UK healthcare regulators at different times during her career, including the Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The consistent theme throughout her career has been to promote the highest standards of care for patients and work to protect those receiving care and treatment provided by healthcare professionals.
She has worked in the , in healthcare education, in quality assurance and enhancement of higher education, and in statutory regulation of post-graduate medical specialist and training. Patricia has managed contracts, led on tenders and worked to meet the requirements of education commissioners and profession-specific regulators.
Patricia has worked with many clinical inspectorates, regulatory and professional bodies, including ten years’ membership of the various forms of healthcare concordats/committees aiming to attain better regulation for better patient outcomes, through sharing of information and minimising burden. She has worked with healthcare colleagues and organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure country specific approaches and goals, as well as UK wide initiatives.
Initially a registered nurse at St Thomas’s Hospital, Patricia then specialised in intensive and coronary care. She qualified and worked as a clinical teacher and teacher in medical settings. Her interest then broadened out from a single profession to developing graduate and postgraduate courses that were multidisciplinary in nature. Working with specialists in many subjects and disciplines, she worked as an Assistant Director at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. She went on to the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board as Director of Quality, a UK wide statutory regulator, working closely with patient and lay groups, the Departments of Health and senior Medical Officers. Patricia then spent a year advising the Postgraduate Board at the General Medical Council.
More recently Patricia was a self-employed consultant, advising on equivalence and standards, including undertaking work with the Modernising Scientific Careers team. Patricia is a Trustee/Director of Age UK Gloucestershire (), also a volunteer for the Home from Hospital Scheme. Patricia is Chair of Governors at her local primary school and a Local Authority Additional Governor working with schools in special measures.
AHCS Registration Council Members
Christine Forde (Lay member)
Christine is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and has both private and public sector legal experience. Christine’s private sector legal experience was gained over a period of seven years in medium sized law firms. She has experience of insurance litigation matters and specialised in planning and environmental law.
Currently, Christine is the statutory Monitoring Officer and Assistant Director of Legal & Democratic Services at Coventry City Council. Christine has overall responsibility across the Council for governance and regulatory matters. Her portfolio includes responsibility for the City Coroner, Register Office for Births, Deaths and Marriages, Legal Services and Audit & Risk.
Christine is a Board Director of Lawyers in Local Government (), which is an organisation that represents all solicitors working in local government in England & Wales. Christine is also the Chair of the West Midlands region for .
In September 2013 Christine was appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority () as a Panel Adjudicator and also chairs Adjudication panels. The is the independent regulatory body that regulates solicitors and law firms in England & Wales. Christine has made first instance and appeal decisions as a panel member and also as a single Adjudicator. She has also provided training to staff on effective decision-making and report drafting.
Dr Robert Farley (Professional member)
Rob Farley is currently the professional lead for Healthcare Science at Education for Scotland ( ). His appointment followed a secondment from the in 2006 to the Scottish Government’s Health Department, where he led publication of Scotland’s first Healthcare Science Action Plan. Whilst in the Scottish Government he worked with UK policy colleagues on the formulation of the modernisation project; he is a member of the project’s Education and Training Scrutiny Group.
He is a registered Clinical Scientist, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a member of the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Prior to his government policy role and current post, Rob worked in service for over 20 years both as a clinical bioengineer in rehabilitation technology, and in other Clinical Scientist roles in medical physics departments in Scotland. He also had a short teaching sabbatical in West Africa.
He has experience in quality systems development, the commercialisation of ideas and clinical research whilst in employment in Greater Glasgow – where he obtained his PhD in conjunction with the respiratory physiology service. He has acted as visiting lecturer to and Clinical Scientist training programmes in Scotland. Until recently Rob was a Clinical Scientist Partner with the then Health Professions Council, gaining experience of the purpose and processes underpinning statutory regulation.
Simon Brown (Professional member)
Simon Brown was formerly Registrar of the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners () and one of the Directors of appointed by the Institute of Medical Illustrators ( ). He joined the Regulation Council after the Register transferred to the Academy in 2017.
Simon trained in medical photography and illustration in the late 1970s, worked in the former Chelsea & Westminster Medical School, then the Institute of Child Health and The Hospitals for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street, then at UCL. He has anin Medical Illustration (Photography & Video), is a Fellow of and a Fellow of the BioCommunications Association ( ) in America.
Simon is a former Chairman of, a current member of their Education Committee and has been actively involved in training and education for medical illustrators since the 1990s. Simon is self-employed, offering consultancy and training.
Steve Harris (Lay member)
Steve was indentured to Cunard in 1964 as an apprentice Marine Engineer and when qualified four and a half years later he worked for Cunard, Brocklebank and Union Castle before leaving in 1972 due to the drastic reduction in the British Merchant fleet. The rest of his career was spent working in the Record Management space which incorporated microfilm, scanning and paper records management. The latter was mainly with the Public Sector where he managed records for DOH, HMRC, the Treasury and much of the Nuclear industry plus manyTrusts.
In 2016 Steve became a Lay Chair for AHCS assessment panels and attended many interviews with inspirational applicants and clinical and scientific specialists. In 2018 he started working on theand Equivalence programmes and has now joined the AHCS Registration Council.