Welcome to the North West Clinical Senate team. The Senate is chaired by Prof Martin Vernon

Professor Martin J Vernon

Martin became Chair of the newly formed North West Clinical Senate in October 2021. He qualified as a doctor in Manchester in 1988 and trained as a Geriatrician and General Internal Physician in the North West of England and London. He became a full time NHS Consultant in Greater Manchester in 1999 where he continues to practise medicine. He has a MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London, teaches these subjects at Salford University and was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Chester in 2016. Martin is widely published and currently involved in several research programmes focused on care for older people living with frailty.

Between 2016 and 2019 he was the National Clinical Director for Older People at NHS England. He has led multiple national workstreams including development of the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan Ageing Well Programme. In addition to his clinical role he now works as clinical lead for older people at the Greater Manchester Strategic Network and as a senior clinical advisor to the Whipps Cross Hospital redevelopment programme in London.Martin is supported by our Deputy Chair, Dr Martin Hogg.

Photograph of Dr Martin Hogg

Dr Martin Hogg

Martin has been involved in the NW Senate for a number of years and has enjoyed the challenge and variety of work involved in acting as that critical friend to the NHS.
Since his undergraduate days  at Oxford and then Barts he has been fascinated by cancer medicine.  He says; "Once I’d completed my general medical training I obtained my FRCR at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.  I’ve been a consultant clinical oncologist working at the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Lancashire for just under two decades. I specialise in breast and gynaecological cancers.

I’ve had the opportunity to see things from the other side of the fence; I served as Clinical Director at the Cancer Centre, been radiotherapy lead, chemotherapy lead at East Lancs and currently governance lead as well as serving a term on the RCR Faculty Board.

What keeps me grounded are my wonderful family and the opportunity to spend time in beautiful places diving."

Caroline Baines

Caroline Baines heads up the Senate Management Team as Senior Senate Manager and is supported by Pam Bailey, Senate Manager and Sarah Ogden, Senate Administrator.

Caroline joined the NHS in 1999 working in health promotion in Wirral. She then progressed through various roles in public health including being strategic lead for obesity, physical activity, CVD and cancer, managing the Public Health Intelligence Team and commissioning sexual health services.

In 2013 she joined NHS England as member of the Public Health Commissioning Team for Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral where she also spent five months working in Specialised Commissioning.

From 2015-2017 she undertook a secondment in Cheshire East Council where she was jointly employed by the local authority and CCGs to lead joint commissioning across health and social care, including implementation of the Better Care Fund. This role gave her an opportunity to learn about adult social care and be an objective voice in the complex system of health and social care. She now combines these experiences with her long-standing passion of wanting to deliver the best possible services for our communities.

Pam Bailey, Senate Manager

Pam has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, providing administration and project facilitation in secondary and community care. She also has experience of working within Patient and Public Engagement, having previously been a PPI Champion for the SCN’s Palliative & End of Life Care and Diabetes networks.

Outside of work Pam enjoys travelling, trying new food experiences, and spending time with her two grandchildren.

Sarah Ogden, Senate Administrator

Sarah has worked within the NHS for a number of years as a specialist in administration, training and events. She is now the administration lead for the North West Clinical Senate.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys her family time with her two small children and dogs. She is also actively involved in dog rescue, welfare and theft.