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A former UEL graduate Dr. Melinda Rees has been recognised as being one of the top 50 most inspirational women in UK Healthcare 2014. She was awarded this prestigious accolade by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
The HSJ inspirational female leader list recognises and rewards the finest achievements of women working in healthcare and showcases them as the sector’s most influential leaders.
Dr. Rees graduated in 1993 with a BSc Honours in psychology and returned in the late 90s to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead and Manager for iCope, a large IAPT service (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) in Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. iCOPE has been described as one of the most successful IAPT services in London under her stewardship. She manages a team of 90 staff and trainees. The judges commented on her entry,
“This is a really difficult area to work in, because there is a massive growth rate in the numbers of people needing access to psychological services.”
For this second annual HSJ Most Inspirational Women in Healthcare competition, the judges decided to focus their attention on the women driving transformational change in healthcare. Nominees could be from either a clinical or non-clinical background, inside or outside the NHS. The judges specifically looked for those who were delivering outstanding leadership including acting as a role model to colleagues; sharing knowledge and expertise with others in the sector; driving innovation in service redesign and/or research and being at the heart of shaping or influencing policy.
Dr. Rees said “It is wonderful to have been recognised among these prestigious colleagues who are making such a real difference to the quality of peoples’ lives. I am privileged to lead a high quality, dynamic team which continues to adapt in its endeavours to meet the needs of local communities within the borough of Islington. Being the Clinical Lead of this service has been an honour.”
Dr Melinda Rees will take on a new role in September as Clinical Director for Beacon UK which is working to change the way health services are purchased on a national scale in the UK. Her aim is to keep improving clinical care, while managing increased demand and pressure on resources.
For the full list of HSJ 50 inspirational women in healthcare please see http://www.hsj.co.uk/5072743.article#.U7_uqkCWmtM
Picture (left to right) Wendy Wallace (CEO of Camden and Islington NHS Trust), Dr. Melinda Rees, Rebecca Minton (Clinical Coordinator in iCOPE).