The Health & Social Care Benchmarking Network

Realising Improvement in Health and Care in Scotland


Gordon Smith



HSCBN, University of Edinburgh

Tel: +44(0)131 651 5986

Mob: +44(0) 773 897 4733

BSc Social Science, (Edin), CQSW, Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work(Dundee), PG Cert. Social Services Leadership (Robert Gordon University).

Gordon is a social science graduate and qualified social worker registered with the Scottish Social Services Council.

He has over 30 years experience in the public sector of managing social work teams, care homes, day services, home care, community alarm and supported housing services.

He has knowledge and experience of strategic review and development of social work and health care services, including redesigning services, developing and implementing service improvement plans, working with internal and external partners to develop integrated services and performance frameworks.
Gordon has been the Co-ordinator of the Scottish Community Care Benchmarking Network since its inception in 2009.


Stephen Kerr



HSCBN, University of Edinburgh

Stephen joined the NHS in 1980 and is a Registered Mental Health Nurse by profession. He worked in NHS Greater Glasgow in a variety of clinical and senior management posts including hospital management until moving to NHS Lanarkshire in 2001, initially as a General Manager in Mental Health  before moving to General Management in Primary Care. From 2006 to 2014 he held the post of Head of Planning & Performance within the North Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) before taking over from the Director of the CHP in June 2014 until the dissolution of CHPs on 31st March 2015.

He then worked as Head of Health for Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire until retiring in November 2016.

Stephen currently works one day a week for HSCBN as an ambassador. He is a former chair of HSCBN and was a founder member and chair of the Scottish Community Care Benchmarking Network from which the current network has evolved. He has a keen interest and passion for joint working; integration, benchmarking for improvement and personal outcomes approaches.


Lisa Urquhart


Research Administrator

HSCBN, University of Edinburgh

Tel: +44(0) TBC

MA (Hons), Green Belt Practitioner, APMP Practitioner 

Lisa has a background in financial services, working in roles such as business support, project management and continuous improvement. She brings skills in communications, event management and business administration to the Network and looks after HSCBN HQ.

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