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Your Health Matters talks

Your health matters are public talks open to you on what’s happening at SCAS. The talks will be held across the south central region where we deliver services. Join us and learn the latest about SCAS!


Improving health and well-being in patient care

Thursday 26 March

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Oxford – please contact for information on location as this event is booking only.

This public talk is an exciting collaboration with Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT and Oxford Health NHS FT on initiatives to support mental health and well-being in patient care with an opportunity to for questions and answers. Terry Simpson, Mental Health Lead, SCAS, will talk on the case for change in collaborative approaches with mental health services and other providers in mental health to support better patient outcomes in mental health emergencies as well as improved caller management.

6:30 pm Arrival and networking. Refreshments available. CPR demonstrations.
7:00 pm The case for change in emergency care – SCAS mental health transformation plan
Terry Simpson Mental Health Lead, South Central Ambulance Services NHS Foundation Trust and Sonya Mclean, Senior Commissioning Manager for Mental Health Crisis Care across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCGs (HIOW) supporting the Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) for Mental Health.
7:30 pm Applying the ‘Home First’ approach at the Front Door
Emergency Department, Felicity Beckley, Team Lead of Frailty Intervention Team, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
8:00 pm Psychiatric emergencies in the NHS
Hasanen Al-Taiar, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
8:30 pm Close

Please note that booking is essential due to limited spaces so please contact for information on the venue and to book your place.

Please contact for information on travel and parking.


Terry Simpson joined SCAS as Mental Health Lead in November 2019. Terry has been a mental health nurse for 23 years and worked  in a number of different crisis and transformation teams. Terry has previously experience of working in a different ambulance Trust so has a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities around collaboration and partnership working to improve patient experience.

Sonya Mclean, Senior Commissioning Manager for Mental Health Crisis Care across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCGs (HIOW) supporting the Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) for Mental Health. She started working for the NHS in 2002 across front line admin roles in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, management roles, moving into Contract Management on behalf of the CCGs for Urgent Care and then into Commissioning for Urgent Care. She moved into Mental Health Commissioning 3 years ago for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP  which is a specific interest of mine as I have lived experience of mental health. Sonya has led on system transformation which has gathered regional and NHS England  interest. This is linked to the NHS Long Term Plan on improving collaboration around urgent and emergency services response to the mental health crisis I am committed to improving mental health care for our population through partnership working, shared learning, good practice, and creating an environment that achieves equality between the physical and mental health services provided to our people.


Felicity Beckley is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in leading teaching hospitals and Emergency Departments across the country. Felicity has a passion for supporting older adults who come into hospitals to get back home as soon as possible. Felicity has been leading on the implementation of the newly established Frailty Intervention Team at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, since October 2018.

Felicity will talk on a radical new approach to providing therapy in the John Radcliffe’s Emergency Department. Older adults living with frailty, are one of the biggest groups of users of hospital services, both nationally and at Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT. A national model of working called “Home First” was  developed in October 2018 to deliver high quality, rapid access therapy services, within two hours of a patient’s arrival at the John Radcliffe Emergency Department. This model is now also rolled out to the Horton.


Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), holds membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) and is a Senior Member of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is a Royal College of Psychiatrists CASC and a General medical Council (GMC) examiner for Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB 2) test which is the qualifying exam for International Medical Graduates. He is a partner at the Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He works in a secure unit in Oxford which provides specialist mental health input to forensic patients and he also looks after a number of forensic outpatients. He provides expert witness opinions to HM Courts and Tribunal Service. He is the Vice Chair of the South East Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the South of England Mental Health Act Approvals Panel. He is a staff governor at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

He’s worked as an academic tutor at Oxford University Department of Psychiatry and is an Associate Oxford University Medical Education Fellow. Furthermore, he is involved in various educational committees at the Royal College of Psychiatrists e.g. Trainee Support, and Trans-cultural psychiatry groups. He is the mentoring lead at the South Eastern division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is the Psychiatry lead Tutor at OxPal Medlink which offers online and face to face tutorials to medical students and psychiatry residents in Palestine. He is the lead for the OXPIQ project which provides distant learning opportunities to Iraqi psychiatrists. He is the Secretary of the British Arab Psychiatric Association (BAPA) and the Chairman of the Iraqi Mental Health Forum (IMHF-UK). He is keen on improving the quality of medical education and training and he has widely contributed to educational programmes in the UK and abroad.

He published articles on violence risk assessment in addition to some educational literature on assessments in psychiatry. He has published many audits in various avenues of psychiatry. His work has been cited on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He authored the Manual of managing violence in psychiatric inpatients and has also written a chapter about international forensic psychiatric services.

One of his ambitions is to raise the awareness, build professional capacity and set up specialised forensic psychiatry services in many countries which provide specialist mental health input to mentally unwell offenders. He delivers training in forensic aspects of psychiatry e.g. risk assessment of violence, and writing to the Courts, both nationally and internationally. He organises clinical attachments for psychiatrists and medical students to undertake a period of (observership) training in the UK.

Major Trauma Centres

4 December 2019

7- 9 pm


Patient helped after accident

Patients with serious injuries are no longer taken to the nearest hospital, they are taken to dedicated Major Trauma Centres. Mark Ainsworth-Smith, MBE, Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) will talk on the management of patients who have been seriously injured in the pre-hospital setting.

You can see a film of his talk below. 

Robert Crouch OBE, Prof. Robert Crouch OBE, Consultant Nurse & Honorary Professor of Emergency Care, Emergency Department, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust & Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Deputy Director of Major Trauma,University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Wessex NIHR Injuries and Emergencies Specialty Lead, will talk about what happens at a Major Trauma Centre.

Jack Ansell, Operations Manager, South Central Ambulance Services, will show you how to save a life with a CPR demonstration.

 Please email for more information and to book your place!


Mark Ainsworth-Smith (MAS) has been employed as the Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) since April 2007. MAS has worked in the NHS since 1987, and originally worked in Accident and Emergency, before moving to pre-hospital care in 2005. MAS s the lead for Major Trauma in SCAS and is an active clinician. Unfortunately he often sees the devastating consequences of trauma.

Professor Robert Crouch OBE is Consultant Nurse and Deputy Director of Major Trauma at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Robert is a clinical academic with 30 years of emergency care; most of his clinical work is focused around the initial care of those brought into the Major Trauma Centre with significant injuries.

Restart a heart. 

21 October 2019

7 pm 


Helen Pocock, Senior Research Paramedic, talked about how initiatives such as the national Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes (OHCAO) project and international Restart a Heart Day can inform and improve our care for patients.

The talk was held in Newbury, Berkshire, on 21 October at 7 pm. People came from Oxfordshire, Berkshire and even Hampshire, to listen to the latest research at SCAS. There was an opportunity for question and answer, as well as the chance to meet  our local Public Governor in Berkshire, Colin Godbold


Helen Pocock is Senior Research Paramedic with South Central Ambulance Service.  She joined the Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service in 1997 as a trainee technician and has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as a paramedic.  She has worked as a Clinical Mentor, Clinical Educator, University Lecturer and Research Paramedic.  She has recently embarked on a new and challenging chapter of her career as an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow. After conducting primary research as part of her Masters degree, Helen was bitten by the research bug and undertook secondments as a Research Paramedic on the PARAMEDIC and PARAMEDIC2 trials.  Cardiac arrest research is difficult but essential if we are to improve outcomes for patients.

You can view a film of the talk below.