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Trafford appoints new Healthwatch board
10:01am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
A NEW organisation giving Trafford people using health and social care services a voice locally and nationally has made its first appointments.
Healthwatch Trafford, which launches on April 1, has its inaugural chaiman and six board members.
A panel of representatives from Trafford Partnership, Trafford Council, health and the Diverse Communities Forum, appointed Ann Day as chairman, together with six board members.
The group will aim to ensure patients, service users and the public are at the heart of all future health and social care provision.
It will build on the work of Trafford LINk, engage with people and ensure they have good information and advice on services available to them.
As current chairman of Trafford LINk, Ann brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. She will lead and coordinate the board and, supported by board members, represent the views of Trafford residents on the Health and Wellbeing Board.
She said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of Healthwatch Trafford. These are exciting times and it is encouraging to have the majority of our board directors in place.
"I relish the work ahead and would like to reinforce my commitment to involve as many interested people as possible from across the borough in our work.
“There will be many challenges and opportunities ahead and I look forward to leading a strong, focussed organisation which plays it part in ensuring local people benefit from excellent health and social care services.”
Executive councillor Dr Karen Barclay said: “Trafford Council remains committed to ensuring local people benefit from the best possible health and social care services, provided in a way they need and deserve.
“We are delighted to welcome Ann to her new role. With her at the helm Trafford residents can be reassured they have a strong advocate championing their wishes and needs.
"I look forward to working with Ann and the board to keep our residents informed, empowered and involved in health and social care provision.”
Other board places will be held by a carer, older people, young people, diverse communities and the voluntary and community sector representatives.