Dr James Matheson
Dr James Matheson graduated from St George's, University of London in 2009. He trained in Lancashire and Cumbria before moving to work with Hope Citadel Healthcare, a Community Interest Company which provides primary care in areas of concentrated disadvantage. He has worked overseas and has published in the area of humanitarian disaster response, teaching around this subject at St George's, and holds the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes.
Dr Matheson is passionate about addressing causes and consequences of health inequalities, working as a General Practitioner and teaching and training the next generation of GPs to guard the health of our patients. He is a visiting senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and, through the Shared Health Foundation, teaches on a number of courses from undergraduate to postgraduate level on subjects around deprivation medicine, health inequalities and the social determinants of health.
Dr John Patterson
Dr John Patterson is Medical Director of Hope Citadel Healthcare, a Social Enterprise working within the NHS, running practices and walk-in centres in hard-pressed neighbourhoods around Greater Manchester. They currently run nine practices serving a population of 31,000. Dr Patterson is lead for Focused Care, which supports the most vulnerable and needy households. Dr Patterson also works within Oldham CCG. His role initially concentrated on Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) and Medicines Optimisation. Building on previous great work and working with an exceptional team, the CCG has seen a reversal of the largest per capita prescribing spend in the country as well as significant improvement in the quality of prescribing. From 2018 he has taken over the role of Chief Clinical OfficerWhen not at work he is busy getting in trouble with his wife by re-enacting famous Irish Rugby victories with their four willing children.
Dr Laura Neilson
Laura?Neilson?works in Greater Manchester trying to reduce health inequalities. She set up Hope Citadel Healthcare 10 years ago when she was a medical student. Hope Citadel provides GP services in areas of deprivation, currently holding 3 CQC outstanding awards and running 9 practices.
Laura also runs the Shared Health Foundation, an organisation funded through philanthropic donations. Shared Health Foundation pilots innovative approaches to reduce harm from health inequalities and currently delivers work for; young people who are self-harming, families living in temporary accommodation, health literacy for parents of under 5's and a advocacy for young carers. Together with the great team she works with developed Focused Care, a project based in 50 GP practices in Greater Manchester which makes invisible patients visible, unpicks the story behind the story an allows our hard-pressed households to thrive.
Laura also works in A&E as a regular doctor! She won the HSJ 'Rising Star' Award in 2016 for her "inspirational style" and teaches on health inequalities. She has three boys and is therefore somewhat of an expert by experience in Minecraft and Harry Potter.