Two new senior posts have been appointed at the University of Suffolk; the Dean of the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology (EAST) and the Professor of Integrated Care and Director of the Integrated Care Academy.
Professor Alistair Mathie will take up the post of Dean of the School of EAST in January 2021. Professor Mathie is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Kent.
He said of his appointment “I am extremely excited to be joining the University of Suffolk and to be given the opportunity to work with staff and students in the School to shape the development of the innovative combination of these four disciplines.”
“My aim is to harness the knowledge and expertise that the School, the University and local employers possesses in areas such as digital technology, health and wellbeing and sustainable energy, in order to develop and maintain a portfolio of excellence in learning, scholarship, research and innovation that will make significant and trustworthy contributions to quality of life and economic wellbeing, regionally, nationally and internationally.”
Professor Chantal Ski has been appointed as the Professor of Integrated Care and Director of the new Integrated Care Academy.
The University has formed a nationally unique alliance with St Elizabeth Hospice, Suffolk Mind and with local NHS Foundation Trusts. The Integrated Care Academy will support the longer term needs of the most vulnerable in our communities and to future-proof our outstanding primary healthcare systems.
The Academy, developed in partnership with NHS and Social Care employers and based at the University of Suffolk, will be the first of its kind in the country that will give local people an increased opportunity to be part of the local health and care workforce. It will also offer clinics in physiotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy, and sports massage and these will be accessible to the wider community in our town.
Professor Ski said of her appointment “I am delighted and honoured to be leading the Integrated Care Academy, a pioneering initiative that will work towards attaining a collaborative and cohesive transformation of care across community, acute, and mental health and social care services placing patients at the centre of care. With its reputation for innovation and forward thinking, I am very much looking forward to joining the University of Suffolk and working alongside like-minded academics, clinicians and communities to introduce new models of integrated care provision to ensure a successful and sustainable future.”
Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Suffolk, said “We are delighted to have appointed Professor Mathie and Professor Ski. Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the University and their roles. Their appointments help us to progress our plans laid out in our ten-year strategy which will be published later this autumn.”
About Professor Alistair Mathie
Alistair carried out his PhD research as a MRC scholar at the University of Leicester supervised by Professor Asa Blakeley, studying the action of neurotransmitters on smooth muscles. Following his PhD, he spent five years as a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratories of Professors David Colquhoun and Stuart Cull-Candy at University College London (UCL) studying the biophysical properties of ligand- and voltage-gated ion channels in neurons using “patch-clamp” electrophysiological recording techniques. From 1989-1991, he held a Fogarty International Research Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, based in the laboratory of Professor Bertil Hille. In 1991, Alistair was appointed Lecturer in Pharmacology at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine then, following merger, a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology back at UCL. In 1999, he moved to Imperial College London where he took up a position as Reader in Molecular Neuroscience and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Life Sciences.
In 2007, he was appointed Professor of Pharmacology and Cell Biology, Head of Biological Sciences and Director of Research at the Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Kent and University of Greenwich. He was Head of the School of Pharmacy from 2016-2018. Since July 2018, he has been Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Kent and a member of the Faculty of Sciences Senior Management Team.
About Professor Chantal Ski
Professor Chantal Ski has over 20 years clinical and research experience in the development and evaluation of health service models of care for patients and families affected by chronic disease. With a focus on co-design and patient and public involvement (PPI), she has led several studies of ‘Optimal Health Programmes’ with the aim of translating research into practice and policy across the care continuum. Her expertise in the evaluation of health service models of care further extends to government consultation and review. She has an extensive network of international collaborations, for example holding honorary positions with the University of Melbourne, Flinders University and the Australian Centre for Heart Health, and is currently involved in a European-wide study of digital health that will enable homecare and self-management of chronic heart failure. Since 2018 Professor Ski has been Reader in Cardiovascular Health at Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Ski has published over 130 peer reviewed papers and been awarded over £16M in competitive research funding.
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