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Patients Association appoints new chief executive

The Patients Association’s appointment of Rachel Power as chief executive marks the start of a ‘new chapter’ for the charity.
Rachel Power

The Patients Associations appointment of Rachel Power as chief executive marks the start of a new chapter for the charity

Ms Power, who has more than two decades of experience working in health and social care in the voluntary sector, has taken over from Katherine Murphy, who was with the Patients Association for over 17 years.

Ms Power said: I am hugely excited to be joining the Patients Association at such a critical time for everyone who needs, or will need, health and social care.

With an ageing population, the challenges of Brexit, an unsustainable funding settlement, and the pressing need for a thorough transformation of how we deliver health and social care, the need to ensure the voices of patients and services users are heard loud and clear has never been greater.

Rigour

The Patients Association’s appointment of Rachel Power as chief executive marks the start of a ‘new chapter’ for the charity

Rachel Power
New Patients Association chief executive Rachel Power.

Ms Power, who has more than two decades of experience working in health and social care in the voluntary sector, has taken over from Katherine Murphy, who was with the Patients Association for over 17 years.

Ms Power said: ‘I am hugely excited to be joining the Patients Association at such a critical time for everyone who needs, or will need, health and social care.

‘With an ageing population, the challenges of Brexit, an unsustainable funding settlement, and the pressing need for a thorough transformation of how we deliver health and social care, the need to ensure the voices of patients and services users are heard loud and clear has never been greater.’

Rigour

Ms Power added: ‘I am determined to look closely at the issues where we can make the most difference and develop evidence-based policy with rigour, as well as to work constructively with other leading organisations in the sector.

‘My deep passion for empowering others will focus me in my new role, alongside my core values of inclusion, compassion and justice.’

Patients Association chair Liz McAnulty said: ‘Rachel’s appointment marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the Patients Association.

‘I am asking her to focus its work on the rapidly changing priorities for patients and service users in a shifting political, social and economic landscape, while maintaining its traditional strengths of determination and fearlessness in speaking out.’


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