Welcome Dr. Katherine Birch PhD, Director of the Alder Hey Academy

Welcome Dr. Katherine Birch PhD, Director of the Alder Hey Academy

Welcome Dr. Katherine Birch PhD, Director of the Alder Hey Academy

7th Jun 2021

Dr. Katherine Birch PhD has been appointed our new Director of the Alder Hey Academy.

Katherine joins us from the University of Wolverhampton where she has served as Deputy Director for Health. Katherine brings with her significant experience of cross sector, collaborative working gained through a series of roles in Higher Education and the Health Sector and she has a particular interest in staff development, quality/service improvement and good governance.

At Wolverhampton she is responsible for both NMC and HCPC approved programmes, Public Health and Wellbeing and has been leading on a strategy to support recruitment into the clinical and non-clinical workforce across the Black Country and surrounds. She has also established a major programme of outreach involving schools, FE colleges and local employers to promote careers in the health sector and is passionate about widening opportunities in this area. Before moving to her current post, Katherine worked for a charity, where she developed a whole system approach to learning and development for staff delivering palliative and end of life care and introduced a major programme on bereavement during childhood for schools/teachers.

Having worked previously at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and having been Head of Quality at one of the city’s Universities, Katherine has a keen appreciation of the region, of Alder Hey and of our ambitions.

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Katherine is also Lead Governor for Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust and an Associate of the Keele Leadership Academy.

Speaking on her appointment Katherine said ‘I am delighted to be joining Alder Hey at such a significant time and have been hugely impressed by the vision for the Academy.  I will be looking to develop partnerships at all levels and am committed to making sure that staff feel supported to fulfil their professional ambitions and that our students achieve the best possible outcomes.  Having left school at 16 with no intentions of going on to further / higher education then I know first-hand the transformative effect and impact that education can have and am looking forward to working with staff, students, partners and our wider communities to developing our education offer once in post.”

Louise Shepherd, CBE, Chief Executive, said:

"It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce Katherine Birch, our new Director of the Alder Hey Academy, to colleagues, partners and friends.

She joins us at an exciting and demanding time for Alder Hey, as we continue to navigate our way through the myriad challenges posed both by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the shift towards something like 'normal' operating circumstances.

Katherine is taking on leadership of the Alder Hey Academy and will be instrumental in ensuring it continues to grow and develop this world class facility for the highest quality education and innovation.

The Academy will strengthen our presence in these fields, increasing opportunities for our staff as well as for external parties to benefit from Alder Hey’s world leading knowledge, experience and practice.”

You can find out more about Katherine by following on Twitter here.

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