Cheryl is a registered nurse and teacher, having qualified in the 1980s at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Cheryl developed a career in Critical Care Nursing and worked as a Nurse consultant at the City Hospital, Nottingham, and was lead nurse for the Mid Trent Critical Care Network.
She is a recognised author and conference speaker having co-written and edited a text book ‘Nursing the Critically Ill’.
Before this she was a health lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Cheryl was awarded a fellowship at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement where she trained in patient safety at the Institute of Health Improvement, Harvard. Following this Cheryl has worked in senior roles for the East Midlands Ambulance Service and as Director of Quality and Nursing for three Clinical Commissioning Groups in the South of Nottinghamshire.
Cheryl was previously the executive regional lead for the EMAHSN Patient Safety Collaborative from 2014-2019.
Cheryl is part of the AHSN Network leadership team and is responsible for overseeing the NHS England patient safety commission and overseeing the many patient safety programmes and initiatives.
She is also responsible for ensuring patient safety, as an underpinning AHSN Network theme, spans all our work, as well as raising the profile of the contribution made by AHSNs to improving patient safety.