Tracie North, Chair
Tracie joined CAHSC Learning Partnership as Chair in 2020. She has a long and successful career in the health and social care sector, and brings with her a wealth of leadership and management experience. Starting her journey as a Registered Nurse and Midwife, Tracie progressed to be a Senior Nurse Manager and lead for education, practice and development in a large acute trust. Tracie proceeded to the role of Modernisation manager for H&S Care, working on strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Cornwall. This work directed her towards the care of elder people, particularly those living with dementia, and she became Director of Operations and Quality for a large, independent charity delivering care and support to over 1200 people. In 2016 Tracie set up her own consultancy business, Fre-est Ltd. In this role Tracie has supported the development of education programmes and assessment processes that support ‘deep’ learning and knowledge development working with other organisations. Tracie has shared her knowledge on dementia and older person care as a University Lecturer, while continuing her own journey into academia completing a research Masters exploring ‘Love in Nursing Care’. Tracie is a Non-Executive Director for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair for the Mental Health Act Committee.
Helen Lynch - Member, Board of Trustees
Helen has worked in both the health and care sector for the whole of her nursing career, a total of 38 years. This time has been predominantly dedicated to the development of staff working in a range of care setting settings. Helen has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering vocational programmes and has a implemented a number of apprenticeship programmes for the health sector. Helen is passionate about continued learning and the development of staff in the sector so that they can develop the skills needed to provide excellent care. Though Helen is semi-retired, she remains extremely busy, working part time for a college, freelance for City & Guilds, trying to keep on top of the allotment and spending time with her grandson.
Caroline Sommerville - Member, Board of Trustees
Caroline has worked in adult health and social care for over 20 years; across charities, local authorities and the private sector. Caroline has experience managing registered care homes, working in day services, and is currently Registered Operations Manager for a home care provider in Mid and West Cornwall. As the Registered Manager, she has helped the organisation achieve a rating of ‘Outstanding’ with CQC. They were the first home care provider in Cornwall to obtain (and since retain) this rating, an amazing accomplishment. Outside of her role as Registered Manager, Caroline and her husband run a social club for adults with a learning disability, and Caroline is also the Chair of her local village hall committee and a School Governor. Caroline has a 6-year-old son, and enjoys spending family days out and going on family holidays.
Louisa Forbes - Member, Board of Trustees
Louisa began her career in the health sector in 2006, after achieving a degree in Adult Nursing at Oxford Brookes University and starting work across hospitals in the South West, first as a Nurse in Exeter and then as a Sister in Portsmouth. Moving to Cornwall, Louisa gained a position as Surgical Site Infection Specialist Nurse and had her first taste of facilitating change and Quality Improvement. Here she led a project resulting in the decrease of Caesarean Section wounds from 11.2% to 2.8% over a 6-month period. In 2016 Louisa began her role as Lead Nurse Educator on The Bug and Drug Project. This unique opportunity was where she started to work with colleagues in the Care sector by setting up programmes of education specifically around the management of UTI’s. Louisa’s work on this was published by the Journal of Medicines Optimisation and she presented at local and national conferences. A highlight was to make the finals of the Nursing Times Awards in 2017, she won the Antibiotic Guardian Award in 2018 and the Education Provider of the year at the CAHSC Care Awards in 2019! For the last 2 years Louisa has been working for NHS Kernow CCG as the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Programme Lead. Her passion for working with the Care Sector and for moving towards integrated working is clear. Supporting and acknowledging the amazing job colleagues in social care do is so important to her, but the priority always remains in keeping the people receiving care at the core of everything. Louisa loves living in Cornwall by the sea, with her two wild but wonderful sons! They enjoy going kayaking, surfing and having adventures.