Sir Robert Francis joins Healthwatch at a key moment for the health and care sector. He will ensure the views and ideas shared by people will sit at the very heart of the big decisions ahead.
Speaking about his appointment, Sir Robert, said:
The Healthwatch network has done a fantastic job to date, in particular helping those who often struggle to be heard. This has influenced changes both big and small right across the country. I am very excited about this opportunity to amplify the voices of people who use the health and care system and to turn it into insight that will make a genuine difference where it matters most.
Current Chair of Healthwatch England, Jane Mordue, said:
It has been an honour to lead the Healthwatch network over the last three years, and I couldn’t be more delighted to be handing the reigns over to Sir Robert. I never cease to be impressed by the fantastic work being done by Healthwatch teams across the country, going out and speaking to people about what matters to them. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the staff on the ground and the volunteers who make Healthwatch what it is.
Even though we’ll be sad to see Jane go, we’re very excited to see what changes may come of this new appointment.