A well-known local figure has been appointed to a key role at the head of the body that acts as the independent consumer champion in health and care in England.
Last week, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced Jane Mordue as the new chair of Healthwatch England, and as a non-executive board member.
Jane, who lives in Wappenham, has held both positions on an interim basis for the past year and has been a committee member of Healthwatch England since 2012.
She was previously deputy chair of Citizens Advice and vice-chair of the Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority, and is a chartered director of the Institute of Directors.
She chairs the district vocational committee of Buckingham Rotary.
Jane, who will serve for two years, said: “This year has seen us redouble our support for local Healthwatch and install a clear framework for handling the intelligence they have collected from hundreds of thousands of people.
“The health and social care sector faces a period of unprecedented change and as a result the insight gathered by Healthwatch has never been more important.
“By working together we can help ensure the experiences of patients are used to drive up quality, that people play a central role in redesigning services to meet their needs in the future, and importantly we can help the NHS get change right first time.
“I am delighted to be cracking on with the job of putting people at the heart of our health and social care services.”
CQC chairman Peter Wyman said: “Jane’s background in consumer rights and protection will be invaluable in helping the health and care sectors enhance how they use and capture the views and experiences of people.”