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Hazel Stuteley OBE

Hazel Stuteley OBE

Hazel's NHS career spans 40 years, at least 30 of which have involved working within disadvantaged communities, both rural and urban, as a frontline community nurse practitioner. This has afforded the opportunity to really understand the dynamics and ‘inner life’ of dysfunctional communities.

Leading the reversal of a deeply stigmatized ‘sink’ estate in the 90’s which became a national ‘flagship’ for health improvement and community renewal (Beacon Project, Falmouth 1995-1999) created a passionate desire to develop a transferable community intervention, based on ‘what worked’ in Beacon.

Since 2002 Hazel has worked as a Community Health Facilitator within the Institute of Health Services Research, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter. Hazel is a founder member of the Health Complexity Group, which includes senior researchers, G.P’s and a senior lecturer in politics at Exeter University. The group uses insights from complexity science as a framework for delivering transformative change.

Over two years the group retrospectively researched Beacon and identified key success factors and developed ‘Connecting Communities’(C2), a programme with a multi-agency focus around supporting residents to lead and sustain transformative change for themselves. Since when it has consistently delivered strong, self-managing communities on a forward trajectory of improvement, throughout the South West and nationally.

In 2010, C2 has been the fieldwork intervention of choice for a DH commission around developing a business case for the cost effectiveness of community empowerment in NHS. 

Hazel is married with 3 grown up sons and has lived on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall for the last 35 years. She enjoys the outdoor life and sea connected activities. Gardening, running, music and travel absorb whatever time Hazel has left in a very full life!