National Programme Team:
Anna Sussex - National Lead
Will Adams - Service Improvement/Operational Support Manager
Anna Sussex is a senior ED sister, having worked in the Emergency Department in UHW, Cardiff and Vale for 17 years.
She set up a multi agency response to care for patients who frequently attend the department in 2013, a service that went on to win 4 awards over the next few years, including 2 NHS Wales Awards for Working Seamlessly across Organisations, and the Chief Medical Officers award for Outstanding Contribution to Prudent Healthcare.
She is now the National Programme Manager of a programme supporting EDs in Wales to set up multi agency services of their own
Will has worked for Cardiff and Vale UHB, within Crisis and Liaison Services for 13 years and has experience in assessment and treatment of clients in mental health crisis and an overall expert understanding of how services operate.
He also has experience in research, data analysis and audits of services, having undertaken various projects including “referral pathways within the Emergency Unit for those accessing the Liaison Team” Will has also researched data of those accessing third sector and statutory substance misuse services.
In his last position within Cardiff & Vale UHB he was employed as a Practice Development Nurse specialising in improving services for clients with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse. He provided teaching for staff on assessment tools and engagement with client group and worked jointly with the Area Planning Board on projects.
He is a WARRN and Blue Light Trainer.