A letter from Anna Bradley, Chair of Healthwatch England –
“I wanted to let you know that since I am coming to the end of my extended term as Chair of Healthwatch England, the Department of Health have begun the process of recruiting my successor.
Ministers intend to appoint a new Chair for the next phase of Healthwatch England’s development and therefore an advert will appear shortly as part of the standard process for making public appointments. We will keep you all posted as we know more about the process and when an appointment has been made.
My term concludes on 31 March 2016, with the new Chair set to take up the reins from 1 April.
At the last Healthwatch England Committee meeting, Jane Mordue was appointed as the organisation’s first Vice Chair. As well as supporting me and my successor, the Vice Chair will play a vital role in ensuring continuity in leadership for the organisation during this time of transition.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to update you regarding the recruitment of the new CEO. In order for the new Chair to be able to play a role in the recruitment of the new CEO we have decided to recruit someone on a fixed term basis to lead the organisation during the transition.
As you know, Katherine announced in September that she would be leaving Healthwatch. She will cease her full-time employment at Christmas but has said she can be available on a part-time basis in the New Year to aid the handover.
I appreciate that this represents a substantial amount of change for Healthwatch England and that this may feel unsettling. However, I believe we have together built very strong foundations for Healthwatch. I am very proud of the many examples of the value that Healthwatch is adding to health and social care across the country and it is a pleasure to see the rewards of all the efforts we have all put into building a strong and effective network over the past three years.
We will continue to keep you updated on both recruitment processes over the months ahead. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact myself or Katherine or your Development Officer if you have any queries.