Dave Belshaw

Digital Transformation Director

Digital, NHS X, Well Connected Care Homes

Dave qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in 1990 and went on to hold a variety of clinical roles and management positions within the Northumberland locality, going on to operationally manage primary care focused community teams, as well as Crisis and Home Treatment teams and Deliberate Self Harm teams.

Dave moved on to work in project management in the Durham locality, establishing Access, Booking and Choice pilots and also a new Crisis Team, before a regional service improvement role at the Northern Centre for Mental Health and then establishing a service improvement team for the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) and then the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) across the North East and Yorkshire and Humber, successfully delivering improvement initiatives across the region.

He was part of the core development team, and eventually managed, the Mental Health First Aid programme nationally for the Department of Health before establishing it as a social enterprise. Following this Dave became head of the North East Regional Development Unit (NEMHDU) prior to establishing it as successful social enterprise for 7 years as its Chief Executive.

Dave has a Master’s in Public Administration as well as qualifications in complex programme management, consultancy and in 2011 completed his ‘back to practice’ programme to re-register as an RMN. He has experience in complex programme management, organisational leadership and with a particular emphasis on understanding the importance of stakeholder and relationship management.

Since August of 2017 Dave has lead on the Well Connected Care Homes programme for the AHSN NENC and more recently now leads the Admiral Nurse and Gram Negative Bloodstream Infection projects.

Outside of work Dave is a governor at the local primary school which his children attend and chairs the strategy committee. He enjoys the outdoors and owns a small fishing boat and numerous other sea faring vessels.

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