Partnership appoints independent members for a new way of working locally

Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership has confirmed the appointments of the designate independent chair and non-executive members.

Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership

Dr Ann Carroll will serve as Independent Chair and Stephen Hardy and Richard Hindley have been appointed as independent members to the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership. The appointments follow an open and transparent recruitment process earlier this year.

These roles will be key in bringing constructive, independent, and respectful challenge to the plans, aims and priorities of the Partnership, and promote open and transparent decision-making aimed to deliver exceptional outcomes for our local population.

Following the Government's Health and Care Bill receiving Royal Assent on 28 April, 42 integrated care boards across England will become statutory organisations on 1 July 2022, replacing clinical commissioning groups.  The Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership Committee will have delegated authority from the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) to make decisions locally in support of the district’s Health and Wellbeing Board priorities and multi-agency partnerships working in communities.

The independent chair and non-executive independent member roles will link with the West Yorkshire ICB independent chair and non-executive member roles.

More information about the successful candidates:

Dr Ann Carroll

Ann is a retired local GP who came to live and work in Wakefield as a junior doctor 40 years ago, then later as a local GP.  Her areas of special interest were improving women and children’s health.  Ann also served as a trustee of a local hospice for 10 years. 

Since retirement from clinical work, Ann has worked with NHS Wakefield CCG supporting the integration of health and social care through the connecting care programme and the national vanguard programme to support care homes.

Ann said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this role and to confirm the appointment of Stephen and Richard as independent non-executive members (designates) to Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership. These important appointments will further support the approach of putting communities at the centre of all our thinking.  I’m looking forward to working closely with them in their new roles for the benefit of everyone living across Wakefield district.”

Stephen Hardy

Stephen has been a journalist and public relations practitioner for almost 40 years, latterly as Media and Public Relations Manager and Consultation/ Public Engagement Co-ordinator for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority. 

He has been closely involved with the NHS locally since the mid-1970s, being a former Vice-Chair of Wakefield West Primary Care Trust and a complaints conciliator for Kirklees and Wakefield.  In his current role, Stephen is the Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement and Equality on the Governing Body of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group. He takes a particular interest in patient/carer issues, audit and governance.

Stephen said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this role on the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership.  Under this new structure we have an unprecedented chance to tackle health inequalities and give the best value for public money.  Ensuring vibrant citizen engagement is my passion and I believe that this is key to achieving these ambitions.”

Richard Hindley

Richard has a background in the NHS and social care and has worked in the third sector since 2004, including supporting Age UK to set up and deliver new services across Yorkshire and the Humber.  Richard is currently on the senior leadership team of a higher education provider.

He has provided consultancy to third sector organisations and is chair of an international charity. He was previously chief executive of South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau and has been on the boards of several third sector organisations.

Richard is currently employed by NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, as a Lay Member on the Governing Body and Vice Chair.  Richard chairs the Finance Committee, Primary Care Commissioning Committee, Quality, Performance and Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee and has also been a member of the Audit Committee. 

Richard said: “I am passionate about serving the people and communities of Wakefield District. My approach has always been to ensure that services are not merely sustained at an acceptable level, but that they are developed and delivered within the resources we have available, and I am privileged to be bringing my experience from working in senior management and board level leadership in the NHS, social care, charity and higher education sectors to this role.”

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