Our Team

Meet the people at Health Junction
  • Name:John Smith
  • Email:john@healthjunction.org.uk
  • Name:Cath Aitken
  • Email:cath@healthjunction.org.uk

Health & Social Care professionals with award winning solutions

Our Founders
Cath Aitken, PhD, B.Sc. (Hons)

Cath has previously worked in Public Health for NHS Wirral, where she was involved with the development of a community–based programme set up to address the poor health outcomes associated with worklessness – the programme won an award for Excellence in Innovation. Her research experience was gained in a role as a Senior Research Associate with the patient-reported outcomes team of a global research consultancy where she supported pharmaceutical companies with clinical trials.

At the outset of her career, having studied Business Studies with Marketing at University, Cath joined BT PLC to follow a marketing career, becoming a Chartered Marketeer during ten years with the telecommunications giant.

When taking a career break to have her family, Cath took the opportunity to return full-time to university - she undertook a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology, obtained a 1st Class honours and pursued her interest in health psychology, specifically, the impact of fatigue and pain in chronic disease, which led her to complete a PhD in the field of psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.

John Smith

Prior to founding Health Junction with Cath Aitken, John was a Health and Social Care Consultant. One of his achievements was the development of an ESF funded employment service based on a user-led model for people suffering from mental health conditions.

John has worked as a Volunteer Trustee for the national charity Home Start. John also has a great interest in service design and pathways implementation and development.

In the early part of his career, John worked in youth and Mental Health services and has a particular interest in awareness of mental health issues. This has led to him designing and developing a variety of training courses which Health Junction regularly delivers to organisations in the Public, Private and Third sectors.

John also has been working with the NHS Mental Health Trust Mersey Care on Patient co-production and the national models for recovery colleges. He was selected to participate in the development and design of the Open University Course on Personalisation - a joint initiative between Wirral NHS, Wirral Borough Council and the Open University.

John presented as a guest speaker at the 2010 National Social Workers Conference on the Development of Personalisation within Health and Social Care.