Jill Cassells

Director of Workforce

Jill is the Director of Workforce for the North east and north Cumbria Integrated Care System, working locally and regionally to develop an integrated strategy for workforce, across all sectors involved in delivering health and care to our regional population.

Jill joined the NHS in 2009, from private sector, joining the Strategic Health Authority workforce team as Head of Commissioning and Quality for the undergraduate nursing and AHP programmes.  Jill worked closely with the Postgraduate Dean for Medical and Dental training throughout her SHA and Health Education England career, being involved and influencing education and training strategy for the region.  Jill was instrumental in implementing the regions Faculty of Patient Safety, a first across the national HEE team.  This brought together clinicians from all professions and disciplines across the region to enhance collaborative working and share best practice.

Prior to joining the ICS, Jill was Director for the MELISSA double decker training project – the only double decker NHS training facility in the country, providing equitable access to high quality education and training for all healthcare workers across the region, regardless of sector or location.  This is a free resource, that has been deployed across the region for various educational needs, from public health engagement, clinical skills training to delivering a joint programme of care home training, in collaboration with the University of Sunderland.  The facility has also supported various career engagement events across schools, colleges and universities.