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Dr Suki Desai

“The Social Impact of Closed Circuit Cameras (CCTV) Inside Mental Health Wards” 

Dr Suki Desai, PhD, MA, BA, CQSW

In my early career, I worked as a social worker working with children and their families and then specializing in mental health work. I have worked as a social worker based within a mental health hospital team and then a community mental health team. I eventually moved to teach social work and have worked at several universities. I was a mental health act commissioner between 1999 – 2004 and a lay member of the mental health review tribunal from 2002 – 2004. I left both these posts in 2004 to become a regional director with the Mental Health Act Commission, now part of the Care Quality Commission. I recently completed my PhD looking at ‘The Social Impact of Closed Circuit Cameras (CCTV) Inside Mental Health Wards’.


Mr Akim Bande & Mr John Simmonds

Getting bodycams approved and the benefit to both patient and ward staff” 

Mr Akim Bande, Nurse Manager, St Andrew’s Healthcare

Akim has worked for St Andrew’s Healthcare since 2006, predominantly within the Mental Health Division. Akim qualified as a nurse specialising in mental health and since then, has never looked back. Since qualifying, Akim has performed a number of nursing roles, such as, Senior Staff Nurse, Deputy Ward Manager, Clinical Nurse Lead and is currently employed as the Nurse Manager of the male PICU ward in Northampton. Akim’ interest and speciality is intensive care. Akim believes it is often the role of the PICU team to ensure “stabilisation” of a patient’s mental health before further treatment and therapies can be offered. This is achieved by carrying out assessments, evaluations and treatments with the overall aim of being discharged. This is how staff become familiar with patients and allows them to understand and assists with their care whilst in hospital. Akim finds this approach along with the discharge of patients back to their families or going back to work after a short hospital admission, the most rewarding.

Mr John Simmonds, Lead Business Analyst, St. Andrew’s Healthcare

John has worked as a Business Analyst in the Financial Services sector, for over 25 years. His career has seen him work for organisations that have spanned the FTSE100 to small start-up companies. In that time, he has delivered transformational change, been at the forefront of defining strategy as well as delivering a number of new IT platforms. He has qualifications from British Computer Society in Business Analysis as well as in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute. John was a finalist in the British Computer Society’s Business Analyst of the year award for his part in delivering a multi-million pound Call Centre project providing better customer experience and cost savings for Barclaycard. John joined St Andrew’s Healthcare in 2016, he has been involved in a number of organisation and process transformation projects and is currently behind the roll-out of a Continual Quality Improvement method for the Charity to utilise. John is passionate about enabling businesses to embed change collaboratively.