Our team

The Institute brings together expertise from across the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, so that clinical, management, operational and communications leaders can support quality improvement projects in a holistic, informed way.

Professor Ranjit Akolekar

Professor Ranjit Akolekar

Professor Akolekar is a Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. He is the Clinical Lead for the service and oversees the delivery of a tertiary-level, high-quality care to pregnant women in Kent and Medway. He has created a Centre of Excellence at Medway for management of high-risk pregnancies which offers excellent clinical care, as well as clinical research, teaching and education for doctors and midwives. Ranjit is also the Clinical Lead for Research and Innovation for the Trust and works closely with R&I to facilitate and promote clinical research. He is widely published, and his area of interest is the prevention of pregnancy complications, in particular preventing stillbirths.

Co-founder & Clinical Lead for Improvement and Innovation

Dr Edyta McCallum

Dr Edyta McCallum

Dr Edyta McCallum joined Medway NHS Foundation Trust as Head of Research & Innovation in 2009 and is responsible for the research and innovation Trust portfolio, including strategic direction, operational implementation, safety, governance, legal implications and partnership opportunities. Before joining MFT, Edyta worked at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she supervised the creation of a joint research office between the University and the Hospital. Edyta has a PhD in Molecular Biology Sciences from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Nottingham.

Co-founder

Steve Houlihan

Steve Houlihan

Steve has been Head of Medical Director Services at Medway since 2015. He works closely with medical staff to ensure systems are in place to support them in their professional roles. Steve oversees the Clinical Excellence Award process for medical staff and was pivotal in establishing the Clinical Council to support the development of a clinically led organisation. Steve’s background is in HR management, and he holds a Business degree and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. Steve’s role in the Institute is to develop a network of clinical connections who will see the Institute as their first step in driving forward improvements.

QI Coaching Lead

Denise Thompson

Denise Thompson

Denise has been Head of Clinical Effectiveness at Medway since 2015 and is responsible for National and Local Clinical Audit, NICE Guidance, NCEPOD, Mortality and Patient Affairs, including operational implementation, and champions Clinical Audit as it can demonstrate best practice and quality improvement for patients. Denise has worked for the NHS since 2000; she holds a MA Health Studies Research and BSc Social Sciences, gaining expertise within Clinical Audit, Governance, Patient Safety, NHSLA Risk Management and Quality Improvement: Yellow belt training. Prior to Denise joining the NHS in 2000, she spent 22yrs in an Army environment supporting Army Families, working closely with the Army Welfare service, supporting army families during operational and non-operational times.

Head of Clinical Effectiveness

Dr Synthia Enyioma

Dr Synthia Enyioma

Dr Enyioma is the Junior Doctor Lead for Improvement & Innovation at the Institute and first point of contact for our junior and middle-grade doctors, assisting in the delivery of improvement. Before this position, Synthia worked as Project Manager of a Student-Led Policy Commission, funded by the NHS, set to envision practical solutions to NHS challenges over 15 years, including the implementation and diffusion of innovation within the NHS. Synthia has diverse experience in project management in different sectors, she has previously worked in pharmaceutical industry, investment banking and completed a number of time-bounded non-governmental organisation (NGO) projects. During her time at medical school, Synthia completed audits, quality improvement projects and evaluated pilot services as well as presenting these at national conferences.

Junior Doctor Lead for Improvement and Innovation

Lee Bridgeman

Lee Bridgeman

Lee joined the NHS in 2015 after decided to embark on a career change, having previously worked in education and youth work. He joined the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) and spent his first year on placement here at MFT as a Service Manager for the Geriatrician and Stroke services before rotating into a Learning & Development Specialist role. Lee left to join Medway CCG where, whilst on the scheme, he worked as a Project Manager focusing on community care and redesigning pathways for frequent A&E attenders in Medway. After completing the GMTS Lee gained a full time Project Manager role at the CCG within the Primary Care Team and later progressed to a Programme Manager in the Primary & Local Care Transformation Team. Lee holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Leadership as well as qualifications in QI methodology and teaching.

Head of Quality Improvement

Dr. Affra Al Shamsi

Dr. Affra Al Shamsi

Dr. Affra Al Shamsi manages the Library and Knowledge Services at Medway. Whilst she only started with the Trust in March, she has over 15 years’ experience in medical libraries. She previously worked in Oman, managing the Central Medical Library in the country, creating the first medical e-library, and was the lead in creating a national medical library. Affra has an M.Sc. in Information Management, focused on evidence-based decision making in healthcare, and her Ph.D. examined teamwork and communication in healthcare teams. She has taught teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills to medical students at the University of Sheffield. Since joining the NHS she has qualified as a QI and Evidence and Knowledge Mobilisation Coach. She is a Fab Ambassador for the South East, an Evidence 4QI Champion, and part of the Q Community.

Library & Knowledge Services Manager

Jenny Chong

Jenny Chong

Jenny has a 20 year career in Investment Banking Technology. After graduating from the London School of Economics, she joined Credit Suisse. Starting in Equities, she has since worked across client relationship management, infrastructure, software engineering, application development, program management, big data and AI.  Jenny' current roles include Head of Innovation and Data Analytics for KogoPay & Managing Partner of Knightingale Consulting. She sits on various committees for The Design Museum and Egypt Exploration Society; and on the global advisory board for Business of Data. She is a mentor and advisor with Imperial College London’s IVMS (Imperial Venture Mentoring Scheme) and their Engineering Faculty’s ITES (Imperial Technology Experts Service).  Jenny is involved in various initiatives to promote STEM, gender equality, diversity and inclusion & won the 2019 Tech Star award at the “Women in Banking and Finance Annual Awards for Achievement”. 

Associate Non-Executive Director

Lauren Pryor

Lauren Pryor

Lauren joined the NHS in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant within the Adult Clinical Services department. After two years, Lauren left KCHFT (Kent Community Health Foundation Trust) and joined MCCG (Medway Clinical Commissioning Group) where she progressed to a Project Manager in the Primary and Local Care Team focusing on implementing a Homeless Healthcare Service, managing the Medway Innovation Hub as well as facilitating the set-up of Primary Care Networks across Medway and Swale. Lauren joined MFT in February 2021 as a Quality Improvement Project Manager and provides development and implementation support to the Medway Innovation Institute. Lauren holds qualifications in Project Management (PRINCE2), Healthcare Leadership and Quality Improvement Methodology.

Quality Improvement Project Manager