​Our team 

Dr. Chris Elliott

Chris has been a GP in Sutton since 1983. He trained at Charing Cross Hospital and undertook postgraduate training based around St Helier Hospital.

During his time as a GP, Chris has worked as a clinical assistant in neurology and endoscopy. He recently retired as a GP Trainer, mainly because of his new role as the Chief Clinical Officer of Sutton CCG. The Chief Clinical Officer combines roles in clinical and managerial accountability and leadership for a CCG. 

Chris is committed to improving care for older people and was the clinical champion for the Older People's National Service Framework for Sutton and Merton PCT.

Chris believes that one of Sutton CCG's proudest achievements is the work on the care home Vanguard, which supports care for some of our most vulnerable patients. To be part of the Vanguard team has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.

Mary Hopper
Director of Quality and Senior Responsible Officer

Photo - Mary Hopper 02.JPGMary is currently Director of Quality for Sutton CCG.

She graduated from Leeds University in 1994 with a BSC (Hons) in Nursing, and is also a qualified District Nurse with postgraduate qualifications in management, leadership and commissioning.

Mary's experience spans a wide range of health services both in the UK and abroad, including working as a District Nurse in A&E and time at the Department of Health developing and implementing a number of National Policies, such as the National Service Framework for Older People.

Mary's ambition is to bring about overall health care improvement and improve patient pathways and the patient experience through clinical redesign, engagement and effective partnership working.

Viccie Nelson
Programme Director

Photo - Viccie Nelson 1.jpgOriginally from Australia, Viccie worked as a Physiotherapist before moving to the UK in 1996.  She worked clinically as a physiotherapist predominantly in older people’s rehabilitation in acute and community settings, as well as developing expertise as a moving and handling adviser.  She went on to manage clinical teams before working at a senior manager level within acute and community service organisations in London, moving across into commissioning as Assistant Director of Commissioning at Sutton and Merton PCT.  

Following the birth of her second child, Viccie undertook a number of project roles within CCGs, Local Authorities and the Royal Marsden Hospital – Community Services Division.  More recently, she worked for NHS England – London region on a pan-London programme to transform community services.  She's also been involved with the Healthy London Partnership.

As a local resident she is aware of the various challenges facing Sutton, and her clinical background ensures that she remains patient focused whilst working to meet national and local strategic challenges.

Christine Harger
Quality Assurance Lead

Photo - Christine Harger 03.jpgChristine has worked for the NHS since 2003 in senior roles including commissioning, change management, service redesign and project management. 

Before joining the NHS, Christine had many years of experience working in senior positions at a national level within the private healthcare sector. 

In her current role with Sutton CCG, she's responsible for leading the nationally recognised vanguard site to improve care for residents in care homes.

Christine has a strong focus on relationship management that has ensured programmes have been successfully implemented, delivering positive outcomes for patients and strengthening relationships across a wide variety of stakeholders and providers.

Her passion is to improve the quality of life for older people and she has a special interest in addressing loneliness and isolation.

Clare O'Sullivan
GP and Clinician Lead

Photo - Clare OSullivan.jpgClare has been a GP in Sutton since 1993, and has been the visiting GP to a local residential home during this time.
Clare is actively involved in supporting the Vanguard and providing clinical input into the development of our model of care for care homes.

Clare has an special interest in delivering high quality, patient-centred community end of life care, particularly recognising the importance of advance care planning for the increasingly complex and frail care home resident, giving them and their loved ones a voice that is heard.


Caroline Pollington
Lead Nurse

Photo - Caroline Pollington.jpgCaroline graduated from Southampton University as a nurse in 2001, following undergraduate study in anatomy and biology. Her career to date has been within acute neurosciences, both neurology and neurosurgery, having performed a variety of roles,  including ward-based junior, senior nurse, clinical nurse specialist and departmental staff educational lead. 

Caroline's joint passions for neurosciences and education led to post-graduate qualifications in these areas, and she is a NMC-registered nurse teacher.  She recently completed a Darzi fellowship, which has enhanced her leadership capabilities.

Caroline believes in individual empowerment to achieve greatness and that, by giving health professionals the right skills, knowledge and support, they can have a huge impact on both individuals and systems.


Kate Anderson
Project Manager

Kate graduated from the University of South AfriPhoto - Kate Anderson.jpgca in 2009 with a degree​ in Business Management and Psychology, and went on to complete a BA Honours Degree in Psychology.

Since moving to the UK in 2011 and pursuing work in the NHS, Kate has qualified as a Prince2 Practitioner and has been involved in leading on various projects.

Kate is dedicated to achieving operational directives and driving the Vanguard forward to deliver a programme of work designed to improve the quality of care for residents in our community.

Kate has a passion for helping others and is inspired by the work being done in Sutton.


Jo Carr
Darzi Fellow and AHP Lead

Photo - Joanna Carr.JPGJo graduated as a Physiotherapist from Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1991. Her career has spanned

both the acute setting where she worked at Physiotherapy Team Lead on orthopaedics and the community where she has been Team Lead for Intermediate Care Rehab beds for the last ten years.

Jo is the current Darzi fellow for the Vanguard and is working on a project to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in residential homes whilst working towards a PG certificate in Clinical Leadership with South Bank University.

Jo has a passion for Orthopaedics and is working with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as part of an expert panel for Best Practice guidance for Hip Fracture rehab.


Contact the team on: sutccg.carehomevanguard@nhs.net ​