Independent Chair appointed to Together We’re Better

Together We’re Better is the partnership transforming health and social care for the citizens of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. All health organisations, both commissioners and providers, are members along with Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. It is one of 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) across England.

NHS Improvement is responsible for recruiting the Chair and has today (20th October) announced a substantive appointment.

Sir Neil McKay will be starting later this month. He has previously been chief operating officer at the Department of Health and was chief executive of the East of England Strategic Health Authority.

David Pearson, Chair of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust who took on the additional role on a temporary basis earlier this year, said “I took on the role of Chair of Together We’re Better on an interim basis while the recruitment was conducted for an Independent Chair.

“I am delighted that someone with a national profile has been appointed. Neil’s considerable expertise and networks will bring great strength to the programme.

“It has been a privilege working with senior partners across health and social care, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. I will do all that I can to ensure a smooth transition between myself and Neil and look forward to working with him as Chair of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust.”

David’s contribution to Together We’re Better was acknowledged by NHS Improvement. Fran Steele, Delivery and Improvement Director at NHS Improvement, said “David Pearson has done an incredible job in his role as interim Chair and we thank him for his invaluable contribution, particularly for bringing different system partners together so successfully. The improvements that Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent needs to make for its residents will only be achieved through strong partnership working between the NHS and local authority organisations and the foundations now in place need to be built upon.

 “We look forward to working with Neil as he gets started in his new role.”