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Dr Tom Foley

BSc MPhil (Cantab) MBBS MRCPsych

Tom is a psychiatrist, academic and ex-software engineer with over a decade of experience as a management consultant, spanning policy development, implementation and evaluation. As well as his medical degree, Tom has a first class degree in software engineering, and an MPhil specialising in economics and public policy.

Since working as a full-time management consultant with PwC and BDO in the mid-2000s, Tom has split his time between clinical practice, academia and consultancy. He is a qualified project manager and has developed solid skills in outcomes measurement and time driven activity based costing after completing Michael Porter’s Value Based Healthcare Delivery Course at Harvard Business School.

In recent years, Tom has conducted reviews on a range of healthcare policy issues for NHS England, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Centre for Mental Health, The King’s Fund and The Health Foundation.

He has held senior operational positions with the Care Quality Commission and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. At the CQC, he was responsible for developing and implementing important parts of the new mental health inspection programme. He has also held committee and associate positions with Monitor, BMA, Royal College of Psychiatrists and GMC.

Tom is currently Principal Investigator on the Newcastle University Learning Healthcare Project, which is funded by The Health Foundation and the NIHR. This project is exploring the potential applications and implications of healthcare IT, big data, outcomes measurement and behavior change. In related roles, Tom is special advisor to the Wachter Review of Healthcare IT in the NHS and advises a number of health technology start-ups.