Advisory Group/External Experts

The project team and STaR Consultants are supported by an advisory group and external experts to assist in project delivery. The Advisory Group comprises of:

Pauline Milne MBE, PhD, MN, BN, RN

Pauline Milne

Pauline is an experienced nurse leader with particular expertise in the nursing workforce.

Pauline’s recent NHS experience includes working as Head of Clinical Workforce Development and Planning in Health Education England’s east of England office and as Associate Nurse Director (Staffing) with NHS Improvement.  Prior to this Pauline worked in a range of senior nursing leadership positions spanning acute clinical care; nursing management and nursing workforce policy and planning.

Pauline led the initial Nursing and Midwifery Workload and Workforce Planning Project across NHS Scotland for the Scottish Executive Health Department. She has a lead role in the development and delivery of NHS England’s Compassion in Practice Action Area Five “ensuring we have the right staff, with the right skills in the right place”, which included developing the National Quality Board Guidance on Staffing.

Pauline was also a member of the NICE Safe Staffing Advisory Group.

Pauline’s PhD research was on Devolution and Nursing Workforce Policy and Planning in the Four Countries of the United Kingdom.

In 2015 Pauline was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to nurse education.

Pauline completed a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship in 2016 and in 2009 she received a Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship to Ontario to review approaches to nursing workforce policy and planning.

Professor Jim Buchan PhD, DPM, MA(hons)

Jim Buchan

Currently based in Australia and UK; current work experience primarily in Asia and Europe.

Thirty years’ experience of practice, consultancy, and applied/ policy research in health care human resources (HRH). Extensive experience of workshop facilitation, and as invited/ keynote speaker at national/ international conferences on health and health workforce issues.

Specialises in developing strategic intelligence and policy advice at national level and internationally on the HR implications of health sector reorganisation and healthcare reform; health workforce pay, incentives and reward strategy; workforce planning; employment relations; regulation of health professionals; performance management, labour market analysis; and skill mix/ extended roles. Extensive experience working with Ministries of Health and equivalent at national level.

Background as a HRH Policy adviser and manager; qualifications in economics, employee relations, personnel management. Working experience in +50 countries.

Recent consultant/ adviser experience to e.g. Scottish Government; Department of Health, England; World Bank; ICN; WHO; OECD; EU. Recent country experience in e.g China, India, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Moldova.

Other current appointments include:
Policy Associate at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, WHO, Brussels;

Adjunct Professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Previous employment includes: Specialist Adviser, Health Workforce Australia, HRH adviser at the World Health Organisation in Geneva; Senior Policy Analyst at the Royal College of Nursing in London, and Senior HR Manager at national level in the NHS in Scotland.