Sir Robert Francis QC confirmed as new Chair of Healthwatch England
Posted on: 20/09/2018
Sir Robert Francis QC has been appointed today as the new Chair of Healthwatch England, the independent champion for people who use health and social care.
‘As Chair of Healthwatch, I am confident he will ensure the views of patients sit right at the very heart of decision making in the NHS.’
— Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock
Established in 2013, the Healthwatch network has gathered millions of people’s experiences of hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes to help services understand what they are doing well and where things need to improve. With 152 local teams, supported by over 5,000 volunteers, Healthwatch has built links with communities right across the country and successfully established itself as an integral part of the health and social care system.
Sir Robert joins Healthwatch at a key moment for the health and care sector, and will ensure the views and ideas shared by people will sit at the very heart of the big decisions ahead.
He will formally take up the post from Monday 1 October 2018, replacing Jane Mordue who has been chair since December 2015.
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