As some of you will already know I’m leaving Healthwatch Derbyshire to take up the post of Head of Engagement for Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

It was a difficult decision to leave Healthwatch, as I have spent 6 years working for the organisation, since its inception in April 2013, and I am very committed to the ethos and purpose of Healthwatch.

I am however excited to be started my new role, as it gives me the opportunity to improve patient involvement in the commissioning process, and give people a genuine opportunity to influence the decisions that are being made. Health services are changing, and there’s never been a more important time for people to have their say, and I want to ensure there are a range of different ways in which this can happen. I’ve got lots of ideas, and I’m really keen to get started.

I’ll still be working closely with Healthwatch over the coming months, as Healthwatch will be conducting engagement with the residents of Derbyshire around the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan, which will also set the priorities for Joined Up Care Derbyshire in the coming year.

I’m leaving behind an amazing and capable team at Healthwatch, so I’ve no doubt that everything will continue to run smoothly until the new Chief Executive is recruited.

Helen Henderson-Spoors who has been my deputy for many years, will be acting up in the interim.

I wish Helen and the team all the best, and will certainly be keeping in touch.

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