Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire Announces First Senior Appointment

Ruth Rogers has been appointed Chair Designate of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire - to lead the organisation which will monitor health and social care services in the county.

She has extensive experience of health and social care issues having previously chaired the South Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Cambridgeshire Police Authority as well as being Chief Executive of Red2Green, a charity providing services to people with disabilities and disadvantages.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire, which formally comes into force in April, will be part of a new national Healthwatch network, giving people a powerful voice locally and nationally. Locally the County Council has been working to create the local link in the national chain of Healthwatch groups.

Through the network, Healthwatch England will make sure the voices of all people not just those use health and social care services are heard by the Secretary of State for Health, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the NHS Commissioning Board, Monitor and every local authority in England.

Local Healthwatch organisations will:

  • have the power to enter and view services
  • influence how services are set up and commissioned by having a seat on the local health and wellbeing board
  • produce reports which influence the way services are designed and delivered
  • provide information, advice and support about local services
  • pass information and recommendations to Healthwatch England and the Care Quality Commission
  • act as an independent advocate for people who wish to complain about services. 
Ruth Rogers, said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to this role. I feel very strongly about the importance of hearing the voices of those who use services and their family and friends who support them and I look forward to working with the people of Cambridgeshire to ensure Healthwatch Cambridgeshire is a powerful voice."

Recruitment to other key positions within Cambridgeshire Healthwatch has started and details of the vacancies can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council website at:

County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Steve Tierney, said: "I was impressed by Ruth during her interview and I know she has a great reputation in her previous roles."

"This is an exciting time for health & wellbeing in Cambridgeshire and I have every confidence that Ruth has the skills, drive and personality to drive a tenacious, brave and fiercely independent Healthwatch forwards and make sure it serves the needs of the people of our county."