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The quality team

Dr David Yates

Associate Dean for Quality

David was appointed Associate Dean for Quality Management after nine years as a clinical tutor In Tunbridge Wells and a further four years as Director of Medical Education for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. He is a consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care based at Tunbridge Wells Hospital. In 2010 he acted as Interim Head of the KSS School of Anaesthesia for 3 months.


Karen Gibson

Sussex Quality Manager

Karen joined KSS Deanery as quality manager in January 2008. She has an MBA from Durham University, a first class honours degree in business management, and a professional diploma from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. She was previously a performance manager at South East Coast SHA, a service improvement manager at Sussex Cancer Network, and spent three years in the civil service as a divisional quality manager at the Office for National Statistics, where she implemented and managed the ISO 9001 Quality Management System for the Consumer Prices and General Inflation Division.

kgibson@kss.hee.nhs.uk   Tel: 020 7089 7510   Mob: 07778 762176

Debbie Georgeson

Surrey Quality Manager

Debbie joined the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority in September 2012 as the Education Information Outcomes Lead, which transferred over to Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex in April 2013. Since April 2014 Debbie has been the quality manager for Surrey. Previous roles include Workforce Planning Manager for West Sussex PCT and later NHS Sussex.

dgeorgeson@kss.hee.nhs.uk   Tel: 020 7089 5909   Mob: 07714 917398

Maggie Patching

Kent Quality Manager

Maggie joined HEKSS as a quality manager in August 2014. She has worked in management, including quality compliance, for over 20 years. Maggie worked in the legal sector before joining Worthing and Southlands Hospitals as a medical education manager in 2005. She then went on to work with East Sussex Healthcare as a strategic medical education manager for 2 years. During this time Maggie chaired the Medical Education Managers Forum and worked with KSS Deanery on the development of quality assurance processes for medical education. Maggie gained her MBA from Brighton University in 2003 and also holds a diploma in performance coaching from Newcastle College.

Sithara Gunasinghe

Assistant Quality Manager

Sithara joined the KSS Deanery in January 2009  as a medical workforce administrator in the Medical Workforce Anaesthetics and ICM Team. From 2010 she spent three years as a medical workforce project assistant in the paediatrics, ophthalmology, medicine and surgery teams before joining the quality team in 2013 as assistant quality manager. Sithara was previously a project coordinator at Frontline Focus International. She has a BSc in computer information system analysis and design from Kingston University.

sgunasinghe@kss.hee.nhs.uk   Tel: 020 7415 3420

Sonne Novakovic

Quality Assistant

(Currently on secondment)

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