Jackie Smith is to become Chair of Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, in addition to her current role of Chair at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
Jackie, who was formally appointed by NHS England/Improvement, will start on 1 April 2021. The current BEH Chair, Mark Lam, is leaving to become Chair of the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust.
Sharing a Chair will be hugely beneficial, ensuring greater consistency and a joined-up approach as we move towards closer working between health, social care and voluntary partners.
The two trusts will continue to be distinct organisations with their own separate Boards but the appointment will ensure that the excellent practice that already exists across both organisations is shared more widely.
Jackie will help lead the upcoming joint review of how mental health services across North Central London are provided across the five boroughs the trusts cover. The review’s aim is to make sure that everyone has equal access to the care they need, and that they are happy with the outcome of that care. It will focus on making sure our services are of a consistently high quality across all areas, and that our staff are able to work more easily and effectively together.
Jackie said: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking up this role at what is an historic and hugely exciting time for mental health, with unprecedented and much-needed levels of investment.
“I look forward to helping to lead the joint review, as well as steering our two organisations on our journey to transform community mental health services and ensure that service users and their families across our five boroughs receive the very best care.”
C&I Trust Chief Executive, Angela McNab, said: “This is a hugely positive appointment and will build on our trusts’ already close working relationship.”
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