Rachel joins the Patients Association with over 20 years’ experience of working in health and social care within the voluntary sector.

“I’m 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.

“I look forward to continuing the Association’s strong history of a willingness to speak up on behalf of patients and service users when necessary.

“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 working constructively with other leading organisations in the sector. “I know that my deep passion for empowering others will focus me in my new role, alongside my core values of inclusion, compassion and justice.”

Liz McAnulty, Chair of the Patients Association, 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.

“She has outstanding leadership qualities which will hold her in good stead for taking us forward, as we continue to deliver the important work we do. I have no doubt that the Patients Association will thrive under her direction.”