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Abi Childs

4.83 (3 reviews)
Healthcare Consultant

Experienced Senior Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry and third sector with a special interest in children and young people’s mental health. Skilled in project management, strategy, partnership and relationship management, mental health and outcomes based healthcare. Strong consulting professional with a Master of Arts (MA) focused in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London, U. of London and a law undergraduate.

I consider my strengths to be:

- Mental health with a special focus on children and young people's mental health
- Strategy and strategic planning
- PMO and project management
- Stakeholder engagement
- Relationship management
- Business case writing
- Outcomes based healthcare and commissioning

I enjoy working on:

- A national review and analysis of children and young people's mental health Local Transformation Plans for NHS England
- Assurance of the second wave of children and young people's Local Transformation Plans for London region
- Analysis of children and young people's mental crisis models under the national crisis vanguards
- Development and delivery of a national development programme for children and young people's mental health commissioners including national events, local seminars and digital virtual learning sessions
- Scoping a model for a Wellbeing Hub to integrate children and young people's mental health services into a single point of access
- Developing an outcomes based commissioning approach for children and young people's mental health from scoping through to implementation including engagement with children and young people on outcomes and development of an outcomes framework and supporting data and measurement matrix
- Drafting business cases for value based commissioning for severe mental health and diabetes
- Developing a Strategic Outline Case for a new development for two specialist cancer and cardiothoracic hospitals

Abi's skills

Senior consulting professional in the healthcare industry with a focus on children and young people's mental health
  • Change Management
  • Governance & Board
  • Senior Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategy & Business Development
  • Impact Assessment
  • KPI development & tracking
  • Organisational M&E
  • Project Accountability
  • Project Learning
  • Project M&E
  • Community Development
  • Direct Delivery
  • Partnership Management
  • Project Closure
  • Project Design & Development
  • Project Implementation
  • Project Oversight
  • Project Reporting
  • Project Start-up

Sectors

  • Health Sector Reform
  • Health Services
  • Hospitals - Secondary & Tertiary
  • Maternal & Infant Health
  • Preventative Health & Health Behaviour

Cross cutting expertise

  • Social Innovation
  • Vulnerable Adults
  • Youth

Geographical Expertise

A senior consulting professional who has worked in the UK, Bahrain and Switzerland. Currently based in London.
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Bahrain

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Alkmini Petraki
Abi was the programme lead, ensuring the programme delivers the spec, taking care of the information flow and relationship management between programme partners, the client and the national reference group.

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NHS England National CYP Mental Health And Wellbeing Commissioning Development Programme - a programme for cyp mental health and wellbeing commissioners from across the country and across the system (CCGs, NHS England, Local Authorities, Public Health).

Describe your time working with Abi.

Abi was a great and inclusive leader for the PMO team, providing good guidance and delegating where appropriate. She is a firm leader, adding value by challenging at times other senior stakeholders to ensure the project outcomes are met. It has been great working with Abi and learning from her experience and managing style.

Is there anything Abi could do to improve?

Some of the partnerships and the relationship management could have been set out clearer from the start. But as Abi, picked up following the initial phase of setting these up, she did excellently in managing those difficult relations as the programme was ongoing.

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Rahul Agarwal
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Worked on a number of different high profile assignments in Children and Young People\\\'s Mental Health (CYPMH) on a local and national level Including: - Design and implementation of Outcomes Based Commissioning System in Tower Hamlets - Design of a Mental Health Hub across three Boroughs in London - National review of CYPMH services and its transformation for NHS England including development of recommendations - Design of a national skills development programme for commissioners in CYPMH

Describe your time working with Abi.

Abi has the following skills and attributes that make her exceptional at bringing high value outcomes for her clients: - Identification and focus on maximum impact, quality and value on projects that she works on - Creative and innovative methods of working, bringing new ideas and solutions to problems - Confident leader and expert at building relationships from executive to junior levels - Brilliant communicator, team player and the ability to energise others to collaborate and contribute My overall experience of working with her on projects spanning a year is that she is efficient, easy to work with, organised, professional and always considerate of her client, but also most importantly, her co-workers

Is there anything Abi could do to improve?

Abi has a multitude of skills and she is an expert at getting ideas and change through. She has a great ability to learn and adapt to new skills and sectors, and it would be great for her to get exposure to some of these areas beyond her speciality of health. I think she would excel in the education sector especially.

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Rachelle Ferrer
Youth Engagement Consultant, Primary relationship manager and overall programme lead accountable for delivery of products. Senior lead on cross-directorate programmes.

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Programme lead: National review of Children & Young People\'s Mental Health Crisis Services pilot sites Programme lead: National review of CAMHS Local Transformation Plans Programme lead: Assurance of CAMHS Local Transformation Plans - London Region Programme lead: National Commissioning Development Programme - Children & Young People\'s Mental Health Project manager: Tower Hamlets Outcomes Based Commissioning Project for Children & Young People\'s Mental Health

Describe your time working with Abi.

Exceptional leadership and communication skills Able to effectively manage complex, large scale, long term programmes across multiple stakeholders Excellent client relationships, often leading to future business opportunities Able to meet deadlines and work well under immense pressures Coaches junior members of staff and encourages development Excellent problem solving skills, strategic level thinking, and mitigation skills Abi is extremely reliable and consistently receives excellent feedback from both colleagues and clients. You can always count on Abi to be a trusted adviser and have the client\'s best interest in mind. She is an asset to any team and I hope to work with her again in the future.

Is there anything Abi could do to improve?

Abi is extremely patient, which is a key strength but at times can result in necessary stresses. In a particular situation with an under performing colleague, while Abi always provided constructive feedback and did her best to maintain a good relationship, in this situation she may have benefited form taking a harder line when dealing with this individual.

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