Ailsa Swarbrick


Ailsa has over 25 years’ experience of policy, service design and implementation, mainly in relation to children and young people.  She has worked in central government and also in NHS leadership roles. She is interested in reducing inequalities, prevention, relationship based care, listening to the voices of those who use and deliver services and in translating good evidence into deliverable, high quality services on the ground.

Ailsa has recently taken up post as Divisional Director for Gender Services at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, following 8 years as Director of the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit, where she led the scale up of FNP – a targeted, evidence based, public health home visiting programme – across much of England.  Under Ailsa’s leadership, the FNP National Unit also undertook a significant programme of innovation and quality improvement in response to evaluation and changes to local and national context, including austerity.

Previously Ailsa worked in the UK civil service, developing policy and legislation.  She is a Health Foundation Generation Q fellow with a Masters in Healthcare Leadership and Quality Improvement, and a member of the Sciana European health leaders’ network.