Hayley Heard is currently the President of WAGE.

Having trained as a nurse and midwife, I moved into public health and management in 2003, working initially for the antenatal screening programme. In 2007 I led the project to establish Bowel Screening Wales (BSW) and becoming the Head of the Programme in 2008.

I maintain a keen interest in service improvement and research and started a secondment to lead the National Endoscopy Programme (NEP) in May 2019 while continuing to study for the Professional Doctorate in Health Studies at Cardiff University.

These are exciting times for endoscopy services in Wales with political support and dedicated resource to facilitate improvement. WAGE is central to the development of an improved service and I am passionate about ensuring national representation of views to inform change.

My current role provides a platform for national engagement, working across Wales I believe I am in a strong position to discuss service and organisational development with local clinicians and to feed their views into national discussion. I believe key areas of focus for WAGE should be service improvement, research and training for all groups of staff.

I have received significant support from WAGE members over the last 14 years and in my role within the NEP and as WAGE president, I am looking forward to getting to know the wider clinical community and supporting WAGE move forward as an organisation.

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