As a consultant with NEL CSU's Healthcare Consulting team, Dr Alex Mears leads a varied business life.
"NEL Healthcare Consulting uses our extensive experience of working with the health and social care sectors to deliver strategic advice, project management, communications and innovative solutions to our clients," says Alex. "Along with other consultants, I manage a portfolio of projects, including research, bid writing, legal drafting, and evaluation for clients including Tower Hamlets and Lambeth CCGs, and NHS England. I enjoy the variety and flexibility of working on a number of different projects."
With extensive experience of higher education work, including a postgraduate teaching qualification, Alex is also closely involved in the training and development of the CSU team. He helps run NEL CSU’s Management Development Academy and Consultancy Academy. “Providing skills and professional development to CSU staff is a key part of what we do as an organisation," he says. "It’s something we’ll be building on in the future, and I am currently working on a new project - the Writing Academy – which will help develop professional writing skills for managers."
A qualified Barrister, Alex also holds a degree in psychology and combined those interests in his PhD, which is in legal psychology. He has a successful record of publication in peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of healthcare sectors and is a peer reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research and for several other influential academic journals, After work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, line management in an NHS Mental Health Trust, the Health Care Commission, and an academic posting at South Bank University, Alex joined NEL CSU in 2014. In his spare time he brews ale!