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Professor Carolyn Wallace, Director of WSSPR

University of South Wales & PRIME Centre Wales

Carolyn Wallace is a Professor in Community Health and Care Services at USW.
Community Health and Care Services focusses on the improvement of services in the community, including services in statutory health and social care, primary care, third sector, independent sector and the workforce, Carolyn has a specific interest in integration across health and social care. Her background as a nurse, NHS Manager and currently chair of Age Cymru Gwent has been key to understanding the context of both health and care community working environments.

Dr Sally Rees

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

Sally is the National Third Sector Health & Social Care Facilitator working for the WCVA. She recently completed Pathway to Portfolio Social Prescribing funded work at WCVA regarding sustainability of community assets. 

Sara Thomas

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Sara is a consultant in Public Health who led national work on social prescribing.  Sara is a strategic lead in implementing social prescribing in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and nationally. 

Jan Batty

Hywel Dda Public Health Team, Public Health Wales

Jan Batty supports the development of a Community of Practice for social prescribing across Hywel Dda. She has a strategic role in supporting partnership groups leading the transformation of clinical services towards an assets based community development model to improve health and well-being.

Sondra Butterworth

Patient and Public Representative

Sondra has a nursing background she was born in Cardiff and is the Founder of RareQoL Ltd, a Social Enterprise in north Wales. Sondra is a Doctoral Student at the University of Chester and has just completed her thesis which was a study into the relationship between quality of life and social support in the rare disease community. Her research studies and experience have led her to develop an interest community psychology and social prescribing.

Professor Diane Crone

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Diane is a Professor in Exercise and Health and the Director of the Centre for Health, Activity and Wellbeing Research at Cardiff Met. Her applied research includes the development of evidence to inform practice in the use of both physical activity and art for mental health and wellbeing in social prescribing contexts.  

Dr Freya Davies

Cardiff University & PRIME Centre Wales

Freya is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in PRIME Centre Wales and a salaried GP in Torfaen. She brings an academic primary care perspective, together with experience of using social prescribing in routine clinical practice and experience of realist review and evaluation.

Emma Davies-McIntosh

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Emma holds the the position of Service Development Lead for Integrated Well-being Networks (IWNs). Having led the development of social prescribing in Torfaen for the past 3 years, she brings a practitioner perspective to WSSPR and supports the South East Wales Regional Community of Practice.

Megan Elliott

University of South Wales & PRIME Centre Wales

Megan is a Senior Research Assistant for the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research based at University of South Wales & PRIME Centre Wales. Megan is currently studying for a PhD entitled ‘Exploring methodological issues in social prescribing evaluation in the community’. Megan's background is in Health Psychology and Public Health research. 

John Gallanders

Patient and Public Representative

John is Chief Officer for the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham and has a wide range of experience working across the Third Sector, Public and Private Sectors. He is a PPI member of the PRIME SUPER Group and involved in various Health and Social Care Research projects. He is committed to see change in practice through research and an advocate for improvement whilst being a Lay Reviewer with HIW.

Emeritus Professor Joyce Kenkre

University of South Wales & PRIME Centre Wales

Joyce is an Emeritus Professor of Primary Care at University of South Wales and Associate Director at PRIME Centre Wales. She has worked with primary care representatives in European countries to discuss development of social prescribing, including the need for research. Joyce will provide links to industry within the UK and Europe, through the WONCA network, and Primary and Community Care reference group.

Professor Mark Llewellyn

Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, 
University of South Wales

Mark is Professor of Health and Care Policy, and Director of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care at USW. Over the past 10 years Mark has undertaken more than 75 specialist research studies and evaluative reviews and gained considerable experience of managing and delivering complex and sensitive studies in health and social care, and across the public sector in the UK. 

Dr Mary Lynch

Bangor University

Mary is a senior lecturer in health economics/adult nurse in School of Health Sciences and Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME), Bangor University. Mary is a trained SROI practitioner with a specific interest in social prescribing.

Professor Ruth Northway 

University of South Wales

Ruth is a Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, Faculty Head of Research. Ruth is the specialist lead for learning disabilities. She will also work as a methodological advisor for participatory research within WSSPR.

Professor David Pontin

University of South Wales

David is Aneurin Bevan Chair of Community Health, USW. He leads on translational research for WSSPR, and provides advice/guidance to the team. Inquiry interests include - community health/care workforce issues (particularly early years), consensus methods, translational research, family resilience.

Dr Glynne Roberts

Betsi Cadwaladr UHB

Glynne is a Programme Director for Well North Wales, leading on the Health Board’s health inequalities agenda. Glynne co-chairs the North Wales Regional Community of Practice.

Nina Ruddle

Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Nina is Head of Public Policy Engagement -leading the civic engagement strategy and civic mission for the University. She is working on a number of projects to support public service improvement and leadership with citizens outcomes at the heart. Nina co-chairs the North Wales Regional Community of Practice.

Professor Steve Smith

University of South Wales

Steve is a Professor of Political Philosophy and Social Policy and Faculty Head of Research. He is a co-director of the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research Data & Methods (WISERD). His research and publication profile reflect his interest in understanding well-being in policy, welfare legislation and in practice. 

Soo Vinnicombe

Bangor University

Soo is a research officer at Bangor University and works with the National Centre for Population Health and Well-being Research (NCPHWR). Soo will provide research and project development support, liaise with the NCPHWR and other North Wales partners.

Dr Andy Williams

University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

Andy is a principal lecturer in outdoor education and leads the research agenda for the Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy (WAHPL). He has a particular interest in green exercise and well-being that connects people with place and locality.



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