Q&A with our new lead governor Kathy Elliott

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to welcome Kathy Elliott to the role of Lead Governor, which she took up in December 2021. Kathy is the Vice Chair of Voluntary Action Camden and has had a long and successful career in public health.

The communications team asked Kathy to share a little more about her background, her reasons for joining the Council of Governors, and her hopes for the future of the Trust.

Tell us about your professional background…

Delivering and leading services to improve the health of the population was the focus of my professional career. I worked in the NHS and local government, with many partners, as we built our understanding of what works to improve health for communities and tackle specific public health priorities. It is rewarding to see changes in health policy and the choices being made by individuals that have resulted in improvements in health and reductions in health inequalities. I am an active volunteer with the UK Public Health Register, contributing to the accreditation of specialists in public health.

Why did you decide to join the Council of Governors?

I joined the Council of Governors as a stakeholder governor, representing the non-statutory sector, through my role as a Trustee of Voluntary Action Camden. As a lay member of Camden CCG I saw the important role the local voluntary sector plays through the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service. I also worked with representatives of the Trust as part of the Camden Health and Wellbeing Committee and wanted to support their contribution to improving mental health and collaboration with health and care partners.

What are your hopes for the future of the Trust?

It is a time of change for the NHS, learning from the response to COVID, and implementing new ways of working that are part of the new Health and Care Bill, as well as continuing to provide high quality care that meets the needs of patients. I hope that the Trust will build on its strengths to work in new ways with other NHS organisations and partners, including education and training, to improve mental health.

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