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RCOMH Steering Group Member - Maria Quinn

Maria QuinnPosition: Clinical Director, Allied Health Professional Services

Organisation: Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW).



Maria is the Clinical Director for Allied Health Professional Services and has been the AHP Lead for Children & Young People for Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust since 2007. She was awarded a Health Foundation Leadership Fellowship (2007-2009) specialising in quality improvement in the NHS and supporting National AHP mentorship and networking.

Maria has been an occupational therapist (OT) since graduating in 1990 from York. Initially working in mental health in Waltham Forest, she moved to Newcastle as a senior OT in the Regional Drug & Alcohol Service. In 1993 Maria set up the Northumberland OT service in Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) and completed her MSc in OT, developing a model of clinical reasoning. She went on to facilitate Continuing Professional Development as Head OT for Research & Development. As Head OT for In-patient services Maria contributed to the National Acute Care and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Policy Implementation Guidelines. She was Trust Head of OT in Northumberland from 2000 until 2007, with an emphasis on developing high quality services through empowerment and staff development and designed new roles for OT with the DH Changing Workforce Programme.

Maria has been a Company Director of the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT) and a Trustee of the College of Occupational Therapists (COT). She was elected as the English Board member on the BAOT Northern & Yorkshire Regional Committee from 2003 until 2007. She chaired the BAOT English Board and was BAOT/COT Council member for England highlighting the key issues for the eight regions of England.

Maria has also trained as a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Life Coach and as a carer, has a deep appreciation for user led services.