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Healthwatch Camden seeks new Director

Independent champion for people using health and social care services looks to appoint a new Director to lead its work beyond the pandemic.

Healthwatch Camden exists to make health and care services in Camden the most people-focused in the country. In all its work, it seeks to understand and help address health inequalities. Following a restructuring in 2020 the organisation is well placed to deliver on its mission. 

 

The organisation is looking for a Director that can deliver on an ambitious agenda. The new Director will work with the Trustee Board to develop a new long-term strategy which navigates the organisation through the next stages of the pandemic, the new Health and Social Care legislation and beyond.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Chair of Trustees, Dr Louise Jones said:

“Our current Director has provided dynamic and thoughtful leadership through a challenging period and leaves us in a very positive position. Although this a great loss for Healthwatch Camden, it is also a mark of our capacity to support the personal development of our staff.”

 

Outgoing Director, Matthew Parris commented:

“I am incredibly grateful to our trustees for their unwavering support throughout my tenure. Camden is a special place and it’s been a privilege to lead the organisation through such a challenging period.”

“I will miss working with the very talented and committed team at Healthwatch Camden and a health and care system that is determined to work in partnership with residents.”

“Having recently secured a scholarship from the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, I look forward to commencing a period of legal training and a new phase in my career.”

 

In the last 12 months, Healthwatch Camden played a central role in helping public bodies understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reasons for vaccine hesitancy.

 

It now seeks a new leader who can build influential relationships within the organisation, and externally with local health and care system leaders, politicians, and the media.

 

Dr Jones concluded by saying:

“We’re interested in people that can demonstrate a commitment to our vision and to tackling health inequalities. If you want to work in one of the most diverse parts of the country – with a diverse Board of Trustees – we want to hear from you.”

 

Applicants are asked to visit the Healthwatch Camden website for more information, and obtain an Information Pack for the role from Shweta Prabhakar at Harris Hill: shweta.prabhakar@harrishill.co.uk | 020 7820 7320.

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. Healthwatch is the independent watchdog created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch plays a role at both the national and local level to ensure that the views of service users and others are taken into account.
  2. Healthwatch Camden provides a collective voice for health and social care users in Camden.
  3. Healthwatch Camden has a seat on the Camden Health and Wellbeing Board and can alert Healthwatch England and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to concerns about services.
  4. Local Healthwatch functions and powers are set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
  5. For more information contact: 07939 315580, email: matthew.parris@healthwatchcamden.co.uk