Laura Semple Assistant Director of Improvement Programmes

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Laura is Assistant Director of Improvement Programmes at the Health Foundation.

Laura joined the Health Foundation in June 2020 and has strategic responsibility for the delivery of improvement programmes for the organisation. This includes a significant focus on testing and scaling proven quality improvements in health, and working closely with award holders to understand and share learning from programmes.

Before joining the Foundation, Laura held various senior operational and strategic roles in the NHS, most recently as a Programme Director for Diabetes & Cardiovascular at Health Innovation Network, the Academic Health Science Network for South London. In this role, Laura established and led a new collaborative network in diabetes & cardiovascular across the NHS, public health, research and industry, with a focus on improving access to technology and first-class support for self-management.  

Laura also has a strong interest in global health, having spent time working in a hospital in Sierra Leone with King’s Global Health Partnerships. Laura worked alongside Sierra Leonean colleagues to establish a new patient record system and set up quality improvement work in malaria treatment and medicines safety. Subsequently she created the role of NHS Engagement Lead for King’s Global Health Partnerships at King's College London where she worked directly with NHS Executive colleagues to deliver an exciting new approach to global health volunteering. Laura also led a major programme on hospital leadership capacity building across the 4 King's global partner countries of Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Zambia and DR Congo.

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