Thomas began his career in neurology and trauma as an Occupational Therapist before changing to mental health in 2004. He is dually qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has worked in acute care since 2006. During his time in mental health Thomas has worked with both Lean and Six Sigma Improvement Methodologies. Thomas completed a Masters with Oxford Brookes University in Operational Management in Health and Social Care and now jointly leads the Operations module for their Masters programmes.
Since 2007 Thomas has worked for numerous mental healthcare NHS trusts and companies throughout the UK, in both substantive and consultancy roles. He is currently the Associate Director of Commissioning for Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group and Strategic Lead for Urgent Care and Out of Hospital commissioning.
Thomas has been involved with NAPICU since 2007 and became an Executive member in 2011. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care and led the first AIMS-PICU review in the country. Thomas is the project lead for the release of the revised National Minimum Standards for PICU scheduled for launch in 2014.
Thomas’s areas of special interest are in service improvement and change management to enable increased efficiency, quality and performance within mental health and acute services.
Thomas was also the inaugural winner of the NHS South West Quality Champion / Innovator of the year 2014 and was a runner-up for the National NHS Quality Champion / Innovator of the year 2014. This was for extensive turn around of clinical services and development of national standards.