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Healthwatch England appoints new chair

Healthwatch England appoints new chair
By Jess Hacker
5 June 2023

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby has been appointed as the new chair of Healthwatch England, alongside his new appointment as a non-executive director at CQC.

An academic, medical educationist and social reformer, Prof Croisdale-Appleby will lead Healthwatch in its charge to represent patient voice to NHS decision-makers.

He is also the current chair of the Royal College of Physicians, Durham University International Business School, and Dementia UK, and was recently a a non-executive director at Health Education England.

His previous positions as a chair have included at an NHS trust, the forensic science regulator and the UK-wide sector skills council for social care and social work.

Speaking of his appointment, Prof David Croisdale-Appleby said: ‘Over the last decade, the Healthwatch network has empowered millions of people to share their personal experiences of care, and has become an essential advocate to which policy-makers and services listen. They’ve demonstrated the power of patient feedback to help decision-makers understand what is, and isn’t working well, identifying issues, and suggesting how best to improve them.’

Ian Dilks, the CQC’s chair, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Professor Croisdale-Appleby to the CQC Board in his role as Chair of Healthwatch England. He joins us at a critical period for the organisation as we implement our new strategy and seek to ensure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, high quality care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working closely with him and the wider Board to drive improvements across health and social care.’

David replaces Belinda Black, who has been an interim Chair of the Healthwatch England Committee, following the departure of Sir Robert Francis KC last November.

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