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The Business of Healthcare Podcast with Tara Humphrey

Aug 31, 2022

Welcome back to The Business of Healthcare Podcast.  This week I have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Sean Duggan OBE who is the Chief Executive, Mental Health Network for the NHS Confederation and he has held this position since 2016. 

Sean is dedicated to raising standards of care and treatment of mental health services and improving lives of those who use the services and their carers. 

We talk about ICS (Integrated Care Systems), ICB (Integrated Care Boards), The NHS Confederation & Mental Health Network, influencing skills and practical advice on how to craft our arguments. The importance of relationships and collaboration. Sean also shares how we need to give this new way of coming together a really good go, it is a joy to speak with someone so passionate and enthusiastic – life is all about learning.  


This week on the Business of Healthcare Podcast 

Seans background as a mental health nurse and over 40 years of working in mental health 

Mental Health services in prisons 

Becoming a Board Director in his mid 30’s 

What prompted Sean to apply for his current role 

Why Mental Health IS as important as Physical Health 

Keeping Mental Health at the forefront  


How to Connect with Sean Duggan 



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I’m Tara Humphrey and I’m the founder of THC Primary Care, a leading healthcare consultancy. I provide project and network management to Primary Care Networks and consulting support to clinical leads. To date, I’ve worked with 11 Training Hubs and supported over 50 Primary Care Networks and 3 GP Federations.  I understand and appreciate the complexity of healthcare and what it takes to deliver projects across multiple practices. 

I have over 20 years of project management and business development experience across the private and public sector and have an MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare. I’m also published in the London Journal of Primary Care and the author of over 250 Blogs 


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