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Welcome to Talking Health Taking Action: Your One Stop Shop for Self-Management Support

Meet the Team

Jane Cooper-Neville, Director

Jane is one of the founding Directors of Talking Health. She was Director of Self-Management at the Long-term Medical Conditions Alliance (now National Voices) and was responsible for leading the introduction of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Course (CDSMC) to the UK voluntary sector. She led the development of Ss2Q, a cross sector quality assurance framework and self-assessment tool for lay led self-management, and the creation of the Quality Institute for Self Management Education and Training (QISMET). Jane has a first class degree in Health Social Sciences and an MSc in Medical Sociology. She has a Certificate in Transactional Analysis Counselling and an ICSA Certificate in Company Secretarial Practice.

Jean Thompson MBE, Director

Jean Thompson MBE, Director

Jean is one of the founding Directors of Talking Health. She is a SMRC (Stanford University) T-Trainer and Ss2Q Trainer of Lead Trainers and trains deliverers of SMRC programmes across the UK and Europe. She led the Challenging Arthritis programme and supported voluntary organisations through the Long Term Medical Conditions Alliance (now National Voices) develop lay-led generic programmes using the Chronic Disease Self-Management course (CDSMC). She was a member of the Chief Medical Officer's EPP Task Force and led the development and successful implementation of the NHS EPP. In 2005 her contribution to lay led self-management was recognised with the award of an MBE.

Clare Evans, Head of Training

Clare was Self-Management Programme Manager and Self Care Lead in Dudley. She developed the programme from the NHS EPP pilot stages through to a provider, commissioning, local training and quality assurance service that was widely regarded as an example of good practice. She has progressed from being a participant on the course, to training as a Master Trainer at Stanford University and most recently she has attained T-Trainer status. Clare has a BA Honours in Media and Cultural Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health. Self-Management has personally transformed parts of Clare's life and she is constantly inspired by seeing people empowered beyond the course content into roles that enrich their sense of value and their individual skills and knowledge.

Danni Health, Marketing Manager

Danni Health, Marketing Manager

Danni became involved in the self-management programme for young people as part of EPPCIC in 2007, going on to manage the National Register of Self - Management and supporting QISMET - the Quality Institute for Self - Management Education and Training with their communications and marketing. She has a first class honours degree from the London School of Economics in Industrial Relations and HRM and a diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School. Danni specialised in supporting third sector organisations and small businesses to make sense of marketing "nonsense" and create plans that work for them and are actually implemented while also running her own shiatsu therapy business.

Amber Bates, Administrator (Business Systems)

Amber Bates, Administrator

Amber has worked in various administration roles for several years and has a Diploma in Business Administration as well as Certificates in Team Leading and Customer Service. With her previous experience, she was an Assessor for Business Administration qualifications for a year. She now works full time as an Administrator.

Julie Dawson, Administrator (Training Resources)

Julie Dawson, Administrator (Training Resources)

Julie was first introduced to self-management in 2008 when she took the post of Expert Patient Programme Coordinator. Knowing very little about the EPP and, "finding out the hard way" she developed the programme and now leads a team of Admin, Tutors, Assessors and Lead Trainers in the North. Julie has been involved in training, administration and management most of her working career. Julie regularly tutors, assesses locally and regionally and most recently co-hosted her first Tutor Training event.

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