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Together A Healthier Future Pennine Lancashire Partnership Leaders Forum

The Partnership Leaders’ Forum is a strategic system-wide collaboration which oversees the development of an accountable care system. 


Profiles for the executive team are below:


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Christine Blythe

Chief Officer, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services

Christine Blythe began working for the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services (BPRCVS) in November 2004 after a number of years working in the financial services sector. In 2014 she moved into the role of Chief Officer and now manages all of the BPRCVS departments and staff, heads up Corporate Strategy and Developments and is in charge of all of the day-to-day activities conducted by the organisation.

Christine’s work often involves meeting with people from her community who volunteer their time to do good work which is very rewarding. As part of her role with the Together a Healthy Future Integrated Care Programme, Christine will be working with the many volunteers across Pennine Lancashire who are all committed to making a difference and helping others.

“The move into the voluntary sector into this often challenging and busy role was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I am really looking forward to seeing what our volunteers will be getting involved in to make the Together a Healthy Future a success,” says Christine. “Every day is different and I get to travel all over Lancashire to meet with interesting people - and because of all of the travel, my sense of direction has greatly improved!”

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Graham Burgess

Chair, Blackburn with Darwen CCG and Chair of the Together A Healthier Future Partnership Leaders' Forum

Graham began his career working as a social worker in 1974 eventually becoming Assistant Director of Liverpool City Council Social Services Department. He became Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen (BwD) Council in 1997 and in 2006 also took on the role of Chief Executive of the Primary Care Trust, becoming Chief Executive of both the BwD Council and the Primary Care Trust. Graham stayed for six years and at this time he was one of five Chief Executives in the country to hold the dual role, leading a unique integration of local authority and health commissioning services.  He has also held a number of senior roles relating to workforce development, mental health and children’s social services.

He is now looking forward to his work with the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership and continuing to build on the strong working relationships he has already developed in the area.

“I’m really pleased to take up the role of Chair and to be working back in Blackburn with Darwen. I’ve kept a close eye on local news over the years as the town is very close to my heart,” says Graham.  “I’m looking forward to the future challenges the CCG faces as we continue to move forward integrating health and social care and I’m confident that my experience and knowledge will ensure that our patients continue to receive high quality healthcare services.”

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Dr Mark Dziobon

Medical Director, East Lancashire CCG and GP and Educator, Rosegrove Surgery

Dr Mark Dziobon has recently been appointed as Medical Director at the East Lancashire CCG. Dr Dziobon is a GP at Rosegrove Surgery in Burnley, having worked previously as a GP in Blackburn, and Bolton. He is also the Programme Director for East Lancashire General Practice Training based at the Learning Centre at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.  

Dr Dziobon has already been working closely with the community through his GP practice in Burnley. The practice has been recognised for its ground-breaking and outstanding service and for its care and support provided to a local women’s refuge group, many of whom are fleeing domestic abuse, in addition his practice assists the local drug recovery service and holds fortnightly clinics to help those with drug addiction. Dr Dziobon was also the GP lead and was instrumental in ensuring patients and the public were involved in improving the award winning East Lancashire Musculo-Skeletal Service, as well as the Community Eye Service and Community Dermatology Service.

 “I believe strongly in quality patient care and that we need to be continuously improving the ways in which we provide care for our patients,” said Dr Dziobon. “Patients should be equal partners in their health care and clinicians, patients and the community should work together to ensure that everyone has access to the best services available. Integrated care is really the key to all of this.”

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David Eva

Chair, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

David joined the Lancashire Care Trust in June 2016 from Cheshire and Wirral Partnerships (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust where he had previously held post for 15 years. He brings a wealth of experience to the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership, having worked at Board level in the NHS as Non-Executive Director and Chair for over 20 years.

David has great experience of developing partnerships and has worked for many years on workforce development. He is passionate about staff engagement, service user and carer involvement and putting patients at centre of services.

“I’m excited about the work we are doing with Integrated Care and the partnerships we are forming with health and wellbeing service providers throughout Pennine Lancashire,” said David. “We have a brilliant workforce in this area who all provide high quality health and care services, and it will be great to see the benefits that the community will receive from bringing these experts together.”

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Professor Eileen Fairhurst

Chairperson, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust

Eileen Fairhurst was appointed to the Trust on 9th February, 2014, after a career that included chairing a number of complex public and third sector organisations including acute, specialised mental health and primary care trusts including NHS Greater Manchester, the largest Primary Care Trust in England. Eileen has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her contribution to the NHS. She is a former Professor in Public Health at the University of Salford and has an international research profile. Her research is used throughout the world.

Developing partnerships and working with the private and third sectors and local government have been a key element throughout Eileen’s NHS career. Eileen has always championed the patient perspective and believes that communities play a big role in establishing service developments. Her work includes supporting a number of whole systems innovative service re-design programmes, including mental health, children’s and women’s health, urgent care and the Greater Manchester Healthier Together programme. She brings this knowledge and first hand integrated care experience to her position with the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Programme.

“I have seen the benefits of a whole system approach to care and wellbeing and that when health and community services come together to work as partners the patients reap the rewards of improved care,” said Eileen. “It is so important that patients come first in integrated care and I want to ensure that the patient perspective is embedded throughout the Pennine Lancashire Integrated Care plan.”

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Dr Asif Garda

Clinical Lead for East Lancashire CCG , Clinical Chair for East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS) and GP Lead, Pendle Locality

Dr Asif Garda is the GP lead for the Pendle locality. Dr Garda is a local GP, practising at Pendle Valley Practice in Yarnspinners. He is also a clinical lead for East Lancashire CCG, Clinical Chair for East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS) who provide a range of primary care services for Pennine Lancashire and has been a lead on the Primary Care Network development in Pendle. 

Dr Garda is an active member of his local community and a family man. When he is not working or looking after his patients, he can be found tending his garden or out running or cycling and making the most of the area he lives in. The rest of his time is spent entertaining his two young children. Dr Garda brings his extensive primary care experience and clinical leadership to his role as a primary care representative to the work of the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Plan. 

 “Pennine Lancashire encompasses a number of vibrant and varied communities and the people living here deserve the best care available,” said Dr Garda. “An integrated care system will provide that by ensuring that the people in these communities will receive a full care pathway from preventative support to acute care.”

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Dominic Harrison

Senior Responsible Officer, Prevention and Living Happy Healthy and Well (TAHF), Director of Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and a member of Blackburn with Darwen CCG

Dominic Harrison is the Senior Responsible Officer for Prevention and Living Happy Healthy and Well for Together A Healthier Future. He is also Director of Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and a member of Blackburn with Darwen CCG. He is a Visiting Professor in Public Health at the University of Central Lancashire and the lead on the ‘Place-Based Prevention’ programme for Pennine Lancashire.

Through his work with the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Dominic and his team work to develop ways and systems to ensure that the community they serve are receiving the best care and services possible. Dominic and the council have worked with local integrated care initiatives over the years and have seen the positive impact they have on physical and mental health of the people living in their community.

“From my work on our integrated health and wellbeing services I have seen the benefits to our local community in Blackburn with Darwen so I am looking forward to continuing that work with Together A Healthier Future” said Dominic. “An integrated care programme doesn’t begin and end with health services and I would like to see a full integration of health and wellbeing services, including leisure, mental wellbeing and preventative services, as we roll out the programme”

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Julie Higgins

Joint Chief Officer, Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire CCGs and Joint Chief Officer, Together A Healthier Future

Julie Higgins is the joint Chief Officer for the Blackburn with Darwen CCG and is the joint Chief Officer for the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership. Julie has held a number of roles within the NHS including Chief Executive of Rochdale Primary Care Trust and Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Public Health at Salford Primary Care Trust where she was also vice-Chair of the Greater Manchester Public Health Network. In her role as Chief Executive for Rochdale Primary Care Trust, she was also given the role of Director of Commissioning Development in Greater Manchester and was tasked with leading the development of CCGs in Greater Manchester. In addition to this, Julie was the Senior Responsible Officer for large scale hospital reconfigurations including the improvement of child and maternity services in the Greater Manchester area.

She has a strong commitment to reducing health inequalities and alongside her working life has undertaken voluntary work with Youth Offending Teams. Most recently, Julie was Director of Transformation — Learning Disability at NHS England, where she led on reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes for people with Learning Disabilities.

Julie said: “I am delighted to have joined the Together A Healthier Future team. There’s some great work underway to improve services and health outcomes and I’m proud to contribute to and lead this endeavour.”

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Garth Hodgkinson

VCFSE Representative on the Pennine Lancashire Integrated Care Partnership Leaders Forum, Chief Executive, Community CVS and chair, LACVS

Garth Hodgkinson has more than 25 years’ of experience working across the public, voluntary, community and faith sectors within Pennine Lancashire. He is a Trustee and director for several local charities and social enterprises, including Care Network, BwD Healthy Living and Jubilee Tower Credit Union. Garth is also the Vice-chair of Blackburn College.

Garth’s passion lies in promoting voluntary action, tackling inequalities and helping people to work together to improve their communities. He works alongside various community stakeholders such as residents, local businesses, volunteers, local charities, faith groups, social enterprises and public servants to ensure that they are working together to enhance their communities and helping people to improve their lives. Garth is keen to get as many people and organisations as possible involved in delivering the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Plan to maximise the benefits for the residents and communities of Pennine Lancashire.

“Whether you call it community development, social action, community self-help - it is all about putting residents and local stakeholders at the centre of making positive changes to their communities,” said Garth. “We all have a role to play in making our communities vibrant places to live, work, visit, socialise within one another, have fun and help each other to improve the quality of health and life for everyone.”

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Martin Hodgson

Director of Service Development, East Lancashire Hospital Trust and Senior Responsible Officer, In Hospital Care and Support (TAHF)

Martin Hodgson is the Director of Service and Development for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Senior Responsible Officer of In-Hospital Care and Support for the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership. Martin joined the trust in November 2009 from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he was Executive Director of Children’s Services. 

Martin has been involved in the implementation of a number of strategic changes throughout his career including the reconfiguration of Children’s Services across Manchester in his previous role, and taking a lead role in the development of clinical services such as vascular, urology and stroke services across the Pennine Lancashire and wider Lancashire and South Cumbria footprints.

“With the number of strong health and community services that we have available to residents of the Pennine Lancashire area, it only makes sense to see them connected into one integrated care system,” said Martin. “I am looking forward to working with the team to action this plan that will not only benefit our patients but also the workforce across the system.”

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Kirsty Hollis

Chief Financial Officer, East Lancashire CCG 

Kirsty Hollis has over 25 years of experience with the NHS having joined in 1990 as a trainee accountant. While her training was in finance, Kirsty took some time out to work as a project manager within the Surgical Directorate giving her invaluable front line experience. In 2001 she returned to finance to help with the establishment of the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care Trust.  She has remained within East Lancashire ever since and became the Chief Finance Officer of NHS East Lancashire CCG in 2017.

Wanting to expand her expertise, in 2016 Kirsty completed a Masters Degree in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Birmingham as part of the NHS Leadership Academy’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme. Kirsty’s wide range of experience and knowledge in both finance and health care will be extremely beneficial to the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership.

“Having worked on the front line and studied finance, healthcare and leadership, I have a deep understanding and appreciation of the impact that all things finance  have on the delivery of services and quality care to patients which I hope will also help to enhance  the delivery of the integrated care plan,” said Kirsty.

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Mohammed Khan

Councillor, Blackburn with Darwen Council

Councillor Mohammed Khan was born and raised in Pakistan and came to Blackburn England in June 1965.  He worked and studied at Blackburn College in the subject of Textiles and was later employed in the textile industry in USA, which is also where he studied Business Management. On returning to Blackburn, he returned to working in the textile industry, until he opened his own general food store in 1985. He was first elected as a Member of the Blackburn with Darwen Council in 1992, where he represented the Bank Top Ward, now known as Wensley Fold Ward.

He held many different roles with the council including Deputy Leader from 2002 to 2007. From 2010, he served as Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care until he was elected leader in 2015. In recognition for his work in local government Councillor Khan was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years' Honours for 2007. Councillor Khan is proud to be part of a council who is committed to developing health and care services that are delivered in our residents’ neighbourhoods and he believes that the best approach to this is to bring health and care services closer together on a neighbourhood level.

“To be blunt, we need to change the way we deliver health and care and support people to be healthy and well for longer. More and more people are living longer, which I believe is a big cause for celebration,” said Councillor Khan. “But as our older population grows, people rightly need supporting, increasing demand on our services and putting more pressure on our finances in the future. We have to deal better with that demand and be better at preventing illness and disease in the first place. Together a Healthier Future is a good vehicle for us to achieve the changes we need and transform health and care for the better.”

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Dean Langton

Chief Executive, Pendle District Council

Dean has worked in local government for over 27 years. Originally from Huddersfield, he qualified as an Accountant with Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Since then he has held senior finance positions at a number of Councils including Barnsley MBC, Craven DC and Selby DC.

In 2006, he become Chief Finance Officer at Pendle BC, a role he undertook until 2012 when his role was expanded to include responsibility for various other parts of the Council including Housing and Economic Development. Following this stint as Head of Central and Regeneration Services, and upon the retirement of the Council’s Chief Executive, in April 2015 Dean was appointed to the role of Strategic Director and Head of Paid Service and then finally his current role as Chief Executive.

Since the Council established its joint venture arrangements with Barnfield Investment Properties (PEARL, PEARL2 and PEARL (BM)) as a way of continuing regeneration and development in Pendle, Dean has played an active part in the development of each joint venture and is currently the Company Secretary for each Company. Dean also has a keen interest in raising aspirations and educational outcomes of Children and provides a leading role on All-Age Skills, Education and Employment for Lancashire Chief Executives.

“Having worked in various areas across the council at Pendle BC I have an insight into issues faced in Pennine Lancashire and the financial pressures our health and care system is experiencing,” said Dean. “I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact that an integrated care partnership like Together A Healthier Future can have on not only the residents but the community as a whole.”

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Kevin McGee

Chief Executive, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust and interim Chief Executive, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Joint Chief Officer, Together A Healthier Future

Kevin is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience of working within healthcare with 15 years’ experience at executive level. Prior to joining East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust (ELHT), he held a range of roles including Chief Executive of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Director of Finance and Chief Operating Officer in large acute hospitals and Director of Commissioning and Performance Management at a Teaching Primary Care Trust. From May 2019 for the period of up to six months, Kevin will take over as interim CEO for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. During this time Kevin will remain as Accountable Officer for ELHT and will focus on the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership.

Kevin joined the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2014 and the Trust was rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission a year later. In 2017 he was recognised as one of the Top 50 Chief Executives by the Health Service Journal.

“The staff and services provided at ELHT are second to none and I couldn’t be more proud of how far we have come as a Trust,” said Kevin. “But we are just one piece of a bigger puzzle when it comes to care and well-being in Pennine Lancashire and there are a wide range of brilliant community services that are available, that when partnered together, create a robust and complete patient pathway.  This is why the Integrated Care Partnership is so important to ensure that our residents are receiving the highest quality and most complete range of care services.”

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Dr Penny Morris

Medica Director, Blackburn with Darwen CCG and GP Darwen Healthcare

Dr Morris, who hails from Burnley, became a GP principle in 1990 with Darwen Healthcare after completing her medical training in Manchester. She has remained at Darwen Healthcare ever since, currently practicing 2 days per week with special interests in family planning and women’s health.  Dr Morris has also been a GP Appraiser since 2004 and is the voluntary Medical Advisor to the WM & BW Lloyd Trust, a Darwen charity.  She became an elected GP Executive member of the CCG Board in March 2013, was the Interim Clinical Accountable Officer of the CCG from October 2017 - December 2018 and is now the Medical Director.

Dr Morris’ work in Family Planning, Women’s Health and Palliative Care and her expertise in primary care go hand in hand with her role in the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership. As someone who has practiced in the local area and grown up here, her insight into the needs of the communities and patients is invaluable.

“I truly value the importance of our community services and see the importance in connecting them with health and wellbeing care in order to provide our residents with the right care, when they need it,” said Dr Morris.

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Abdul Mulla

Chief Officer, Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen and non-member of PLF - observer only

Abdul Mulla is the Chief Officer of Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen and has worked in the field of community development for Blackburn with Darwen (BwD), his hometown, for over 30 years. In addition to managing Healthwatch, Abdul is also the chief officer of two other organisations and manages a charity called Healthy Living which uses a community development approach to tackling health inequalities. Previously he held the positions of Senior Community Regeneration Officer, Senior Community Development Officer and Youth worker.

Over the past 16 years, Abdul has been focussed on community development and health in BwD, looking at key areas of community regeneration and health inequalities. For his role with the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Partnership, he will be able to provide a wealth of knowledge of the area and in particular the health and wellness issues that are at the top of resident’s minds thanks to his work with Healthwatch. Healthwatch provides residents with a voice when it comes to the health and social care services available to them. They take the information gathered from the public and feed it back to the decision makers and service providers to help improve them or shape them for tomorrow.

“At Healthwatch, we work closely with the residents of Blackburn with Darwen and with the people who provide the local health and social care services because we want to make care better for the people who live here,” said Abdul. “We have the power to influence change to the services our residents receive and we want to share that power with them by giving them a voice.”

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Kate Quinn

Operational Director of HR and OD for ELHT and Associate Director of Workforce Transformation for TAHF

Kate Quinn is the Operational Director for Human Resources and Organisational Development for East Lancashire Hospital Trust and Associate Director for Workforce and Transformation with the Together a Healthier Future Programme.

Kate works closely with staff and service providers to help them deliver the high quality health services that are available to the people of Pennine Lancashire with the focus being on ‘One Workforce’. ‘One Workforce’ means working together to create a culture, systems and processes that mean that the people on the frontline and behind the scenes can do what is needed to get on and do the right things for the patients and residents of Pennine Lancashire irrespective of who they are employed by.

“My role is very much focused on how we enable each of us to deliver our New Model of Care. One of the ambitions of the Programme and a key test of how we work together as an integrated system is that we operate as ‘One Workforce’,” said Kate. “We need to be able to build effective relationships across our traditional organisational boundaries that mean we can make things happen both for improved care and for us as colleagues working in exceptionally and increasingly demanding roles.”

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Claire Richardson

Director of Population, Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire CCGs and Director of Strategy and Transformation Together A Healthier Future


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Damian Riley

Medical Director for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Professional Lead for Together A Healthier Future

Dr Riley was formerly Medical Director at NHS England (North) and at West Yorkshire PCTs. He is currently the Medical Director of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Professional Lead for the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Health Partnership. Dr Riley completed his medical studies at the University of Manchester and practised as a GP for over 20 years.

In his role as a Medical Director for NHS England (North) Dr Riley led several service reviews and championed improvements for patients in the fields of dementia, stroke and cancer care. During his time in West Yorkshire PCTs he led a number of initiatives including extending access to GPs, developing West Yorkshire Urgent Care services, and redesign programmes for diabetes care in Leeds. He has also worked on the frontline as a GP treating patients from very diverse and challenging communities. Dr Riley brings this breadth of experience and expertise on change programmes and the introduction of new services to the integrated care partnership which is invaluable.

“There are a number of challenges to integrated care going forward and bringing all partners in Pennine Lancashire together creates the right opportunities for improving health and care services,” said Dr Riley. “I am looking forward to continuing this work and to working with all of the stakeholders involved to make this plan come together.” 

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Dr Richard Robinson

Clinical GP Lead for Hyndeburn and Chair East Lancashire CCG

Dr Robinson has been the Chair of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group since September 2018. Dr Robinson qualified as a GP in Manchester in 1997 and remained in the North West where he practiced as a GP partner in Accrington in 2004 at Peel House Medical Practice. He was also a GP member on the Hyndburn steering group prior to becoming a clinical lead for the area.

As clinical GP lead for the Hyndburn area, Dr Robinson has been influential in forging collaboration and joint working relationships between the GP practices in the region. Dr Robinson balances working with the CCG and his continued work as a GP and works closely with fellow GPs and clinical colleagues to review the decisions and developments from the CCG, ensuring that they are clinically focussed, evidence based and put the patients first.

With regards to the Together A Healthier Future Integrated Care Partnership, Dr Robinson believes in the importance of his patients having access to not only health services but also services that encourage social prescribing including community activities and health and well-being services, “As a GP I have found social prescribing to be a really useful addition to the range of options I have available to me and my patients,” said Dr Robinson. “Medicine and referrals to specialists all have a role to play, but what has impressed me most about integrated care has been seeing people improve their health and wellbeing by being part of a group or activity.  Our communities have the power of health and wellbeing in their hands, and by bringing health, well-being, social and community services together, we can help this happen.”

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Shaun Turner

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Lancashire County Council and Wyre District Councillor

Councillor Shaun Turner is the Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing where he serves the residents of the Wyre Rural East Division. He is also a Wyre District Councillor and a member of his Parish Council. In addition to his work in local government, Shaun and his wife Sue both run their family business, a busy Fish & Chip restaurant and takeaway.

The father of Tom, 19 and Eleanor, 16, Shaun chairs the Lancashire Health & Wellbeing Board and is a member of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). He is also an appointed member of several other boards including University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust and the Forest of Bowland Area of National Beauty. Whenever he has the chance, Shaun can be found walking the Lancashire and Lake District hills and enjoying the lovely views.

“I am so proud to call Wyre my home and am honoured to be representing the people of this area, not only in my work with the council but now with Together A Healthier Future as well,” said Shaun. “As a member of the Lancashire and South Cumbria ICP I believe in the power of integrated care and the positive impacts it can have on the residents and workforce.”

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Dr Mohammed Umer

Chair, Local Primary Care, Federation of general practices in Blackburn with Darwen and GP, Darwen Healthcare

Dr Mohammed Umer is Chair of Local Primary Care (Federation of general practices in BwD), Palliative Care & Post Graduate Training and a practising GP Principal at Darwen Healthcare. He completed his GP training in East Lancashire and was born and raised in Blackburn.

Dr Umer has been a long time champion of integrating services between his GP practice and throughout the community in order to provide the best for his patients. His practice has supported a number of initiatives that help to improve care and services at the convenience of his patients including extended hours and Care Navigation where GP admin staff receive specialist training that helps them to direct patients to the right professional or service both within and outside primary care. This service helps people access the most appropriate service first and sometimes that isn’t the GP or hospital.

“It is very important that people are aware that there are many different services available that can provide them with the help they need and that is why integrated care is the way forward,” said Dr Umer. “There are some cases where a patient will think the GP is the right place to go for assistance but in actual fact it isn’t. Integrated care is about giving patients options and supporting them and guiding them to make the right choice so that they are receiving the most appropriate care for them.”

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Alex Walker

Director Performance and Delivery Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire CCGs

Alex Walker is the Director of Performance and Delivery for Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire CCGs. Alex has worked in the health and social care system for the past 30 years, initially within Social Services before moving over to the NHS in 2004. Alex joined the CCG in 2012 and was appointed Interim Director of Commissioning in September 2018.

Alex has held roles as both a provider and commissioner of health services across both Physical and Mental health care services. Alex is taking the lead for the Pennine Lancashire system on the development of neighbourhood delivery in East Lancashire and Intermediate care services (short term support to people who have had a change in their health need). Integrating health and care services as well as broader community support structures will be integral to the development of these service areas.

“With integrated care, it is about making it easier for people to access the system and ensuring this is consistent across Pennine Lancashire,” said Alex. “We need a community-wide approach to tackle the challenge of improving the health and well-being of all our varied communities.”

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Denise Park

Chief Executive, Blackburn with Darwen Council

Denise has 25 years’ local government experience, training as an accountant with Lancashire County Council before joining Blackburn with Darwen Council as it became a new unitary authority in April 1998.

She was very proud to be part of the team that presented the authority’s submission to be awarded the coveted Municipal Journal Local Authority of the Year Award in 2018. In 2019, she was appointed Chief Executive of the Council.

“I am proud this Council is playing a leading in role in improving how health and care services are delivered in the borough and the wider area. This is a massive agenda for the Council, one we need to get right for our residents and one I intend to personally champion, “ Said Denise, “We are committed to work more closely with our NHS and other partners to develop health and care services that are delivered in people’s communities and designed around their needs.

I am pleased we have made lots of tangible progress over the last few years. We have successfully bid for up to £10m worth of Sport England funding to foster innovative ways of getting people active. Our programme to bring health and care services closer together on a neighbourhood level in the borough is continuing at pace and already reaping benefits.”

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