Innovation and Improvement

Innovation and Improvement

Meet the Innovation and Research team


Francine ThorpeFrancine Thorpe, Director of Quality and Innovation


Francine is responsible for driving improvements in all aspects of quality, safety and patient experience; this includes quality assurance and improving the quality of commissioned services, supporting quality improvement in primary medical services, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.




Dr Girish Patel Dr Girish Patel, GP Lead for Innovation and Research

Girish qualified as a doctor in 1992, becoming a GP in 1996. In addition to his clinical lead role, he is also the Chair of the Innovation and Research Oversight Group. 





Kirstine Farrer Kirstine Farrer, Head of Innovation and Research

Kirstine is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic approach to Research and Innovation across Primary Care in Salford. This includes managing the £2 million Innovation Fund, which allows Primary Care Staff, main providers and community staff the opportunity to develop, test and evaluate projects which are innovative and ultimately add value to improve services across city for the benefit of Salford residents. 



Marie Clayton Marie Clayton, Senior Manager, Innovation and Research

Marie is currently involved in promoting and supporting various quality improvement programmes in close collaboration with GP practices. She is also responsible for managing the Innovation Fund, and for promoting research uptake in primary care in Salford.




Abbie Haye Abbie Haye, Interim Innovation and Research Officer

Abbie provides support for the Innovation Fund which develops tests and evaluates ideas, products, and services which are new to Salford, and have the potential to improve services and patient experience.