Sarah Appleby

Mental Health Programme Manager


Sarah is the newest member of our team, starting in April 2017.  As programme lead Sarah supports the development of identified opportunities for innovations and their scale and spread across the West Midlands, primarily in mental health and learning disabilities. Sarah is also responsible for the overall programme management of the mental health and learning disabilities innovation portfolio at the WMAHSN, facilitating partnership working with NHS providers, universities, business and healthcare industry organisations.  Sarah will now also oversee the organisation of events, newsletters and engagement of the Mental Health Innovation Network. 

Sarah has worked in a variety of different industries both in metropolitan and rural areas in Australia including agricultural, retail and healthcare.  Sarah's career within the NHS began in 2003, working in administration within a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities service in Shropshire.  Since this time Sarah has grown and developed her skills in the project and programme management of project primarily with workforce development and design.  Innovation, promotion, spread and adoption have been the core of Sarah's work in programmes such as the development of Assistant Practitioner role in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Trust, regional and national apprenticeship development and adoption and other mental health workforce focus development programmes.