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Claire Pullar

Claire Pullar
National officer
Areas covered: Scotland and Northern Ireland
Phone: 020 7121 5143 
Mobile: 07908 209 223 
Email: c.pullar@miphealth.org.uk

Claire looks after MiP members working in Scotland and Northern Ireland. As a national officer, she represents and advises members, supports local reps and link members, and negotiates with employers in her area. She also attends the staff side of the NHS Scotland Partnership Forum and sits on the Northern Ireland TUC Health Policy Committee.

She joined MiP in 2005, having previously worked as an occupational therapist specialising in neurosciences, with a special interest in dyspraxia. As an operational manager, she specialised in turning around failing clinical teams. Claire is a former chair of UNISON Scotland’s professional and technical ‘A’ sector, which includes occupational therapists.

Claire’s areas of special expertise include job evaluation, workforce planning, pensions, mediation, coaching and professional development.

Away from work, Claire co-runs a holistic care support group for people with thyroid health issues, and enjoys scriptwriting and walking her dog on the beaches near her home on the east coast of Scotland.

Caroline Lamb, NHS Scotland head office, March 2024

Joining the Scottish health department weeks before the pandemic struck, Caroline Lamb found herself head of NHS Scotland within a year. She talks about the “intense and scary” experience of managing through the Covid crisis, her plans to integrate services and tackle staff shortages and why Scotland needs more money for health and care.

12 April 2024 | By Matt Ross
Christine McAnea addressing striking NHS workers in Belfast

After months of industrial action, NHS workers in Northern Ireland have accepted a 5% pay offer for last year negotiated by health unions and the Department of Health.

05 April 2024 | By MiP
Nicola Sturgeon - social care plans

The social care shake-up in Scotland will affect the lives of more than a million people and could have far-reaching repercussions for local government and the NHS. But are the reforms missing the point?

24 January 2023 | By Craig Ryan
Close up of a human eye looking through a spyhole

A probation period in a new job is usually seen as a formality. But if things don’t work out, it could pose a significant risk to your NHS career.

28 June 2022 | By Craig Ryan
Homeworking icon with heart inside house

With many NHS managers working at home or moving to different roles, Claire Pullar offers her tips on how to protect your health and career during the pandemic and beyond.

04 February 2021 | By Claire Pullar
iLFT team at Dundee

Deficiencies with testing have left many patients with serious undiagnosed liver disease for years on end. Now, a new intelligent testing system developed by NHS Tayside and Dundee University offers hope of earlier diagnosis and treatment.

04 March 2020 | By Matt Limb
Managing Better Care
Chief executive of NHS Scotland Malcolm Wright

Scotland’s ambitious plans for public service partnerships will be music to many managers’ ears. But the hard work is just beginning, Malcolm Wright tells MiP.

04 November 2019 | By Matt Ross
Appraisals cartoon

Everyone hates appraisals, right? Keep it simple and focus on having an honest dialogue and you can banish cynicism and make appraisals something to look forward to.

02 November 2019 | By Ian Reid

We speak to two MiP national officers about how threats of dismissal for unspecified "substantial” reasons are increasingly being used to get rid of NHS managers whose faces don’t fit.

23 August 2019 | By Craig Ryan
Scottish and Welsh flags

With the English NHS in a hurry to integrate health and social care, we examine the lessons from the well-established partnerships in Scotland and Wales.

30 July 2019 | By Alison Moore
MiP and Employers
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