Policy and Implementation Lead, Elective Care Transformation Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Amanda Woolley has worked with the NHS England National Elective Care Transformation Programme since 2017. Amanda supports system leaders and their frontline teams to achieve transformation in local models of health care delivery and translates the learning from these projects back into national policy for NHS elective care services. Amanda also writes guidance for health commissioners and providers and facilitates learning and engagement between local organisations and national policy bodies.
Amanda began working for NHS England in Assurance and Delivery. In this role, she developed relationships with many local leaders with responsibility for delivering new policy initiatives. Through these interactions she came to understand many of the barriers to successful policy implementation and saw the potential for improvement based on her academic background in judgement and decision-making psychology. Amanda is particularly interested in how knowledge of behavioural change, risk perception, problem-solving and creativity can support policy delivery.
Amanda studied Philosophy and Psychology as an undergraduate at Heythrop College, University of London before receiving her PhD in Psychology from Kings College London, sponsored by the Division of Health and Social Care Research. Her doctoral thesis explored cognitive models for clinical intuition in general practice and its effect on early and missed diagnoses.