Quality and Clinical Governance Team


Here you will find information about the Quality and Clinical Governance Team. The team, in line with the NHS Constitution (2011), has a clear responsibility in relation to commissioning for quality and aim to:

  • Ensure the services NHS Hull CCG commission are safe, effective, provide good patient experience and continuously improve
  • Secure health services that are provided in an integrated way, working in partnership with the Local Authority
  • Actively seek patient feedback on health services and engage with all sections of the population with the intention of improving services
  • And, as a membership organisation, work with NHS England, and support primary medical and pharmacy services to deliver high quality primary care.

Our ambition is to continue to be an excellent performing CCG, commissioning services that ensure that the residents of Hull continue to receive high quality, safe health care, delivered in the right place by staff with appropriate skills. In line with this, recent areas of work for the Quality and Clinical Goverance team include the joint work with NHS East Riding CCG around ‘Putting Patients First’ and the launch of a region-wide Nursing Strategy.

Find out more about the team below.


Sarah Smyth

Director of Quality and Clinical Governance/Executive Nurse

  • Member of CCG Quality and Performance Committee
  • Member of CCG Integrated Audit and Governance Committee
  • Member of Primary Care Joint Commissioning Committee
  • Member of the CCG Board

Sarah was appointed in June 2009 as the Associate Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety, Lead Nurse for Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust with NHS Hull CCG Sarah holds the positon of Director of Quality and Clinical Governance/Executive Nurse.

Sarah is a first level registered nurse and holds the Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing, a BSc in Nursing Studies and is a Post Graduate Diploma in in Managing and Leading in Health and Social Care.

Sarah has significant leadership experience in driving the quality agenda forward within acute provision, community provision and commissioning.

Gareth Everton

Senior Clinical Quality Lead

Gareth qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2005 and is a specialist in Equipment and Adaptations; however he also has experience of Older People’s Mental Health and hospital care. Gareth worked in the Commissioning service for a Local Authority before joining NHS Hull CCG in 2015.

Gareth graduated from York St. John University in 2013 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Health Studies and more recently was awarded the MSc. Leadership and Management in 2016. Gareth has previous held a Director’s position at the College of Occupational Therapists and currently sits on the College’s England Board.

Dave Blain

Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults

  • Member of Quality and Performance Committee
  • Member of Health and Safety Group
  • Dave is the Prevent /MCA DoLS/Business Continuity Management lead for the CCG

Dave has 35 years NHS experience and was appointed as the Adult Safeguarding lead in May 2015 after completing a 6 month secondment to the role in 2014.

Dave is a state registered Paramedic with the HCPC and formerly a Clinical Tutor in the ambulance sector.  Dave also holds a Certficate in Education and BA (Hons) in Teaching and Learning.

Dave’s experience is predominantly in pre hospital emergency care and he has led on national safeguarding initiatives within the ambulance and NHS sector


Lorna Morris

Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children

  • Member of NHS Hull CCG Quality and Performance Committee
  • Member of Hull Safeguarding Children Board

Lorna has held the statutory role of designated nurse safeguarding children since August 2009. Prior to this she was the designated nurse for looked after children, appointed in 2003 to establish a looked after children health service across the then Hull and East Riding PCTs.

Lorna is a first level registered nurse and qualified as a health visitor in 1988 and a community practice teacher in 1992.

Lorna has an LLB in law and achieved her MA in child welfare and safeguarding in 2011. Her passion is in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.


Kate Memluks

Quality Lead

Kate has worked for the NHS since 1991, spending many years resolving patient concerns in PALS and complaints.  Kate was appointed in November 2015 as Quality Lead for NHS Hull CCG working with providers to improve the quality of healthcare for Hull residents.

Since working for NHS Hull CCG Kate is completing the Edward Jenner Programme with the NHS Leadership Academy.


Ursula Farrington

Quality Manager

  • Chair of North Yorkshire & York Serious Incident review group.

Ursula joined the NHS in 1989 working for York Hospitals in the Finance Department. She went on to become Support Manager for Mental Health Services for six years with specific responsibility for data quality, workplace risk assessment and health and safety.

Ursula moved to Selby & York PCT in 2001 as a Primary Care Information Specialist which involved supporting the GP Practices across North Yorkshire with clinical audit and data quality initiatives.

Ursula has worked as a Quality Manager since 2013, specifically on Serious Incidents in the North Yorkshire and York area.


Liz Sugden

Quality Manager

  • Member of Hull & East Riding of Yorkshire Serious Incident panel
  • Member of CCG Quality and Performance Committee
  • Member of HEYHT clinical Quality Forum

Liz joined the NHS in 2002 within the admin support for community services.  Liz then joined the facilities team and worked on the new builds of several health centers throughout the city.

From 2008, Liz has worked in patient safety roles including risk management, claims, incidents and serious incidents and holds qualifications in management of risk, claims handling, NEBOSH, incident management, root cause analysis training, PRINCE 2 practitioner and a BA Hons in Business Management. Liz was appointed as Quality Manager in 2013 with focus on managing serious incidents within the Humber area.


Samantha Martin

Patient Safety Support Officer

  • Member of Hull & East Riding of Yorkshire Serious Incident panel.

Sam joined the NHS in 2011 working for Leeds Community Healthcare as an Administration Assistant within a District Nursing team. After moving to North Lincolnshire, Sam went on to join United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, as an Appointments Clerk within Radiology. Sam returned to Yorkshire and started a temporary role as Team Assistant within the Quality team in North Yorkshire & Humber CSU, which lead to a permanent role as Patient Safety Support Officer.

Sam has worked as a Patient Safety Support Officer since 2014, specifically on Serious Incidents & Incidents in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.


Lisa Radoje

Patient Safety Support Officer

  • Member of North Yorkshire & York Serious Incident review group.

Lisa joined the NHS in 2009 working for North Yorkshire & York PCT in the Older Peoples Mental health commissioning team.  Lisa went on to work for the NHS Commissioning Board supporting the Clinical Engagement Director and Director of Commissioning Policy, Legislation and Primary Care

Lisa has worked as a Patient Safety Support Officer since 2013, specifically on Serious Incidents and Incidents in the North Yorkshire and York area.

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