Karen Helliwell - Director of Primary Care and Integration

Karen is an experienced director who has worked at this level locally within provider trusts and regionally within specialised commissioning and NHS England. Karen has also spent time in a national role during the transition period for planning and establishment of NHS England in 2011-12.

Karen’s career started in hospital operational management, including holding a number of senior leadership roles within Birmingham hospitals. She has undertaken a range of commissioning director level posts covering specialised commissioning across the West Midlands from 2000. Since 2012 Karen has been responsible for commissioning primary care for NHS England and was involved in managing the delegation of functions to CCGs.

Karen has also worked in a wide range of roles involving collaboration and partnership across NHS bodies within the West Midlands.