Siobhan is an Advanced Practitioner and Manager in Northern Ireland’s first fully integrated multidisciplinary Intellectual Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Siobhan is a Registered Nurse in Learning Disability and has undertaken post graduate study at The Tizard Centre, University of Kent, and at the Ulster University in Behaviour Analysis. Siobhan is also a nurse prescriber and British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Associate Consultant. Siobhan has held a range of positions including clinical, managerial and inspection roles. Siobhan co-chairs a cross-border ID CAMHS Network. Siobhan sits on the working group for the RCN Learning Disability Network and on the Northern Ireland Action Plan for Learning Disability Nursing Regional Collaborative. Siobhan was the 2017 RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year.
Dr Heather Hanna
Having graduated in medicine from Queen’s University in 2000, Heather has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability for 8½ years, and is Clinical Lead for the Southern HSC Trust’s CAMHS for children and young people with Intellectual Disability. Heather was recently made a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s in recognition of her contribution to developing policy and practice issues at a regional and national level, particularly the development of services for children and young people with intellectual disability. She is involved in the strategic development of CAMHS in Northern Ireland. Heather also has interests in clinical governance, public health and co-production.
Matthew currently leads work on supporting young people with special educational needs in custody. He has been at the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) for seven years and in that time has applied his extensive policy experience to work on nine pieces of legislation including the Children and Families Act 2014.
He lends his wealth of knowledge in this area by giving policy support to the Special Educational Needs Consortium (SEC), being instrumental in SEC’s recent work in creating a new inspection framework for SEN and disability.
He likes getting out and about with CDC and enjoys visiting parts of the country he wouldn’t see otherwise. Matthew is passionate about working with professionals to put policy and legislation into practice and is committed to the belief that the best national policies are only ever as good as how they are implemented locally.
Frances has extensive experience of leading programmes of support to organisations on using evidence and measuring impact. She currently leads on NCB's provision of this support to the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and to a number of Government Departments on their Programme for Government delivery plans. Her work includes a programme of Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) capacity building and support with implementation of OBA across directorates in SEHSCT and across all Policing and Community Safety Partnerships. Similarly, on behalf of Colin Early Intervention Community, Frances leads on implementing OBA with a wide range of key stakeholders (for example, commissioners, funders, service providers).
Frances is also responsible for the development and delivery of NCB's training and support curriculum which operates across the public, community and voluntary sector and focuses on improving the use of evidence to make better decisions on programme design and delivery to secure better outcomes for children. She has supported the use of evidence and impact measurement on all projects within the cross-departmental £30m Early Intervention Transformation Programme, ensuring that improved outcomes for children and families remains the focus at all times. Frances is a researcher by background and at NCB has led on a number of influential studies for example: Childminding in Northern Ireland, which examined childminding practice and quality in Northern Ireland; Next Steps, a study examining the reasons why some young people become NEET (not in education, employment or training); ICT and Me, which explores young people’s use of ICT and their educational attainment and The Dissemination of Best Practice Research recently commissioned by the Dept of Education (forthcoming).
Prior to joining NCB NI, Frances worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a senior consultant in the public sector research group.