Before joining the NHS Confederation, Helen worked for eight years in local Healthwatch, starting as a project coordinator and progressing to chief executive across two local Healthwatches in West Yorkshire. Much of her role in the last few years with Healthwatch Kirklees and Healthwatch Calderdale focused on developing the relationship between local Healthwatch and the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership. Prior to working with Healthwatch, she held other roles in the voluntary and community sector in advocacy and advice work, particularly supporting people with mental health problems
In her current role as assistant director, she is responsible for supporting NHS Confederation members across the North West of England, working particularly with acute and integrated trusts, and Integrated Care Systems. She also leads on the NHS Confederation’s support offer around place-based working. All our members have a role to play in working collaboratively with partners in their geography to integrate services, offering opportunities for improve experience and efficiency, and refocusing health provision on prevention and early intervention.
Helen is passionate about doing work for NHS Confederation that puts people at the centre of health and care delivery, reduces the gaps between services, and empowers people to speak out and lead in their care. She enjoys the opportunities to transform the relationship between communities and public services, and to think about how we deliver, not just aspire to, greater upstream intervention in health and social issues.
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