Professor Chantal Ski is Director of the Integrated Care Academy.
Professor 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 cardiovascular and related conditions. With a keen interest in co-design and patient and public involvement, her focus is on patient-centred care and achieving local impact across the continuum of care through translational research.
Professor Ski has held appointments across the globe and prior to joining the University of Suffolk, she was a Reader at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) where she headed the Chronic Illness and Palliative Care group with over 35 active researchers. She has also initiated and led Research Centres and from 2013-2017 she was Associate Professor and Director of Centre of the Heart and Mind in Melbourne, Australia. Professor Ski holds numerous honorary positions and fellowships including Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Flinders University in Australia, Visiting Professor at QUB, and Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.
Professor Ski has made significant contributions to: synthesising and evaluating the evidence for holistic management of mental health and wellbeing of those affected by long-term conditions; and in designing, evaluating and integrating ‘optimal health programmes’ for patients and their informal caregivers into existing health services. She has over 130 publications and been recipient of over £16 million in competitive research funding.
Professor Ski believes that the Integrated Care Academy, a unique alliance between University of Suffolk, NHS Integrated Care Systems, Suffolk County Council and Healtwatch Suffolk, offers huge potential to be responsive to local needs by transforming health services to promote health equality and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.