Colin Barnes

Clinical Effectiveness and Improvement Manager

Core Team

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My role

I am the Quality Improvement and Clinical Effectiveness Manager. I also work one day a week as a Lead Adult Speech and Language Therapist and am a clinical academic.

My responsibilities

I am responsible for overseeing the Clinical Audit and service evaluation plan for the trust. This includes local, Trust-wide and national audits. I am responsible for approving the ethical elements of a proposed evaluation project.

I also provide line and strategic management for the Trust's Quality Improvement Programme.

My background

I have worked for 24 years as a speech and language therapist specialising in dementia care and carer support before joining the Research and Improvement team, working four days a week in May 2017. I completed my PhD (a randomised controlled trial about providing communication support to dementia carers) in 2016 and before that studied for an MA in Mental Health and a PG. Cert in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Why I love my job

I love to learn. Working in a corporate team enables me to learn about and share learning across services in the Trust. Continuing to work clinically keeps me grounded in the processes and challenges of clinical care.

I am currently supervising a PhD student at Southampton University as a visiting Fellow.

More about me

When I’m not working I enjoy walking our puppy and playing music. I seem to have at least one of most instruments, from flute to double bass. Though my favourite instrument to play is the cello which sings much better than I can!

Current projects/research studies

I’m currently involved in two projects looking at complaints management and how we manage our duty of candour as a Trust. I’m also currently surveying the use of outcome measures across the trust.

Published work

I have published and distributed a book about communication difficulties for carers myself and written a chapter in a book on dementia care. I have also published a systematic review and am awaiting other publications following my PhD. I am a literature reviewer for the Alzheimer’s Society and have co-authored two of their publications on memory and communication. I have also co-authored national policy papers for speech and language therapy.