Ray Field


A senior education manager with experience of working at an executive level across a wide range of health and social care sectors including acute, mental health and learning disability sectors, both NHS and independent provision.

Has an understanding of the context and issues involved in commissioning and delivering modern multi professional education in the new organisational architecture of LETBs and HEE. Experience of developing and leading on the delivery of the responsible officer regulations for medical revalidation across a London by working in partnership with the Department of Health.

Good interpersonal skills and an ability to establish and build relationships with individuals and organisations to mutual benefit. Used to working in a political and sensitive environment with national government, regional NHS Commissioning Board and higher education institutions.

Led a SHA team of education commissioners and workforce planners.  Responsible for managing £106m education budget for non-medical workforce.

Education and Training Development

Developing with healthcare organisations their systems for appraisal, conduct and performance, fitness to practice in their own organisation and in partnership with other healthcare organisations in preparation for medical  revalidation.

Developing medical appraiser and Case Investigator training across London. The Revalidation Team has trained over 600 appraisers and 200 Case Investigators.

Developed an e-learning package for doctors prior to their attendance at revalidation workshop module. The e-learning module was short-listed for a national ward has been adopted by the Department of Health for roll out across the UK.

Established and chaired in 2010 a South East Coast SHA partnership forum of four local universities, PCT service commissioners and professional leads to implement national Education Commissioning for Quality (DH 2010) framework. Developed local contract performance indicators to reflect the service organisations priorities for better delivery of university’s programmes.

Conducted survey on behalf of National Education Commissioners Group (England, Scotland, Wales and Nth Ireland) salary support contributions for trainees on professional non-medical education programmes.

Conducted survey on behalf of the Nursing, Midwifery Council for the UK of all HEIs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to establish the feasibility of nursing and midwifery students in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland being  registered/indexed.

Summary of Roles

Education Consultant - 2006 to date

Managing consultancy projects for a series of clients, for example: South East Coast SHA

  • Kent Surrey Sussex Post Graduate Medical Deanery
  • Nursing Midwifery Council UK
  • OCR
  • Kent Surrey Sussex Ambulance Service
  • LincolnUniversity

Lead -Medical Revalidation.           

NHS London SHA, Medical Directorate – Oct 2010 to date

Leads the revalidation programme across the SHA to ensure an effective response to revalidation from all healthcare organisations in London.

Working in close liaison with the medical regulator GMC to implement revalidation across London. Interpretation of regulations for implementation in local organisations that uniquely include regulators, arms length government bodies, locum agencies and independent healthcare providers.

Monitoring healthcare organisations readiness for revalidation in London and implementing escalation strategies to provide support and guidance to help them get back on track.

Reports to the NHS London Medical Director/RO for London and the NHS London Responsible Officer (RO) Network  Board with representatives from NHS and independent organisations, GMC and postgraduate medical deanery.

Developing medical appraiser and Case Investigator training across London. The Revalidation Team has trained over 600 appraisers and 200 Case Investigators.

South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

Head of Education Commissioning  - Aug 2009 to October 2010

Managed a team of Education Contract Managers and a NVQ Co-ordinator that had responsibility for education contracts for non-medical education and training with four universities.

Set up and chaired a local stakeholder group comprising university and PCT colleagues to develop contract performance indicators (CPIs).  Led the  SHA consultation with local PCT Education Quality Groups, Local Partnership Groups (LPGs), Professional Leads and Directors of Nursing to ensure their areas of concern and suggestions for enhancement of education provision were incorporated into the process.

Led on the development and implementation of Local Development Agreements (LDAs) between the SHA and the 45 service organisations providing clinical placements for nursing and midwifery in the region.

SW London Strategic Health Authority

Assistant Director of Education Development – 2002 to 2006

Responsible for the non-medical education of the health and social care workforce in SE London.  Member of Education Board.  Managed a multi-professional team of seven senior managers and a budget in excess of £185 million.

Managed a team of Practice Placement Facilitators and increased the number of clinical placements from 500 to 1,400 in NHS and independent sector.

Worked with the commissioning team of the new Epsom Orthopaedic Centre (EOC) to ensure sufficient staff for new organisation.

Established a sector wide practice forum in partnership with Kingston University to monitor pre-registration nursing and midwifery education provision. The forum was cited by the QAA major review and NMC visitors as an example of good practice.

Led on behalf of the five London SHAs the Quality Assurance Agency for England’s (QAA) Major Review of the provision of Allied Health Professions programmes at London South Bank University in January 2006. My role as practice review coordinator was noted and commended by both the Chair of the QAA review team and the Dean of the Faculty.

Member of Department of Health (DH), Department for Education/Skills (DfES) and Skills for Health national skills group that developed employer engagement projects in Foundation Degrees.

Previous Posts.

Director Nurse Education – St George’s Hospital NHS Trust
Education Purchasing/Workforce  – Manager – Wessex Regional Health Authority
Senior Nurse Education – South Thames Regional Health Authority
Lecturer- Mental Health. Chichester University College, Southampton University
Charge Nurse Community Psychiatric Nursing (CPN) – Chichester. Mental Health Team


M. Phil. Degree. University of Southampton – 1992
Title of Thesis: ‘Patient Satisfaction with a CPN Service’
Diploma Nursing (University London) – Registered Nurse Lecturer -Nursing Midwifery Council UK – 1985
Diploma Community Psychiatric Nursing (Distinction) – West London Institute Higher Education, Brunel University. 1986
Certificate Education (FE/HE) – Portsmouth University. 1991
Registered General Nurse – East Surrey Hospital, Surrey. 1980
Registered Mental Nurse – Netherne Hospital, Surrey. 1981