Partners to help lead NHS in Kent and Medway

21 June 2022

Three new members of NHS Kent and Medway’s Board have been appointed.

NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board (ICB) begins on 1 July as the Health and Social Care Act comes into force.

The act places great emphasis on making sure health and care is truly integrated to deliver better outcomes for people and that health inequalities are reduced to make sure our communities are supported in the best manner possible.

Between them, the appointees bring huge experience in community and mental health services and children and adults’ health and social care.

NHS Kent and Medway Chief Executive-designate Paul Bentley said: “Providing the very best health and care to our communities is what we want to achieve as NHS Kent and Medway.

“We are determined to succeed as the people we serve deserve nothing less. I am delighted that Helen, Richard and Lee-Anne are joining the board. Their experience and knowledge will greatly enhance the board and make sure we get off and stay on the right foot in serving the people of Kent and Medway.’’

Chair-designate Cedi Frederick added: “We are starting something really exciting, really different – a movement, if you like. It will enable us all to work better together to achieve what we all want – improved outcomes for people.’’

The new members are:

Helen Greatorex, Chief Executive at NHS Kent and Medway Social Care and Partnership Trust, who said: “I am absolutely delighted to be representing both the community and mental health trusts on the ICB and am looking forward to seeing the positive difference we are committed to making for everyone across the county.’’

Richard Smith, Corporate Director for Adult Social Care and Health, Kent County Council, who said: “The integrated care system (ICS), of which NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board plays a leading role, provides a once in a generation opportunity to create health and social care services, which together can really improve the lives of the people of Kent.”

Lee-Anne Farach, Director of People, Medway Council, who said: “I am pleased and proud to be part of this ground-breaking work, joining together health and care services across Kent and Medway. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience from the social care sector to champion better outcomes. The newly formed ICB provides partner agencies the opportunity to work even closer together to provide improved services for children, young people and at-risk adults across Kent and Medway.”

Final appointments for the board will take place in the coming days. You can see who already has a place here.

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