The Patients Association is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Lucy Watson. Lucy succeeds Liz McAnulty who trustee for four years and chair for one.

Liz McAnulty said: “I am sad to be leaving the Patients Association and have thoroughly enjoyed the role and making a difference for patients. I am delighted to be handing the chair to Lucy Watson, I would like to thank all the trustees, staff and volunteers for their tireless work.”

Lucy is passionate about improving the quality and safety of health and social care through learning from patient and carer experience. She is delighted to take on the role of Chair of the Patients Association and the opportunity this provides to champion the voice of patients and drive change at a national and local level. Lucy is an experienced Director working at board level in the NHS. Her last NHS post was Director of Quality Safety and Governance in Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, where she worked as a nurse commissioner to champion the delivery of high quality, safe care for patients and their families by NHS Trusts and primary care.

On her election, Lucy said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role and I am keen to maintain the focus on ensuring that the lessons learned from the failings in care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust are not forgotten, and that the recommendations from Sir Robert Francis’s Inquiry are fully implemented to ensure safe staffing for patients and an open and transparent culture where patients and staff can raise concerns and be listened to.”

Rachel Power, Chief Executive, said: “This is an exciting and important period for the Patients Association. Having secured a largely new executive team in 2017, we are now implementing the exciting plans for the organisation set out in our three year strategy. I want to thank Liz for her determined leadership and hard work in commencing this period of change for the organisation, and I’m very much looking forward to working with Lucy as we bring our plans to fruition.”