Cornwall Council has announced the appointment of a new Strategic Director of Adult Social Care and Health to lead work joining up Health and Social care in Cornwall.
Helen Charlesworth-May has been appointed to the newly created role following a “rigorous recruitment and interview process”.
Helen will join Cornwall Council from Lambeth Council where she has worked for the past 15 years. She held a variety of roles at Lambeth, most recently in 2013 as Strategic Director for Adult Social Care and Health, working in partnership with health colleagues, to drive forward a health and care integration agenda.
The position is jointly funded by the NHS and Cornwall Council but salary details remain private. The role will focus on a programme of work to transform the delivery of adult social care in Cornwall, setting up the ACO and delivering the ‘Shaping Our Future’ STP health and social care plan. Prior to Lambeth council, Helen worked at Hampshire County Council and had a variety of roles in the NHS in the North West of England. She will start in the new year.
Kate Kennally, Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, said Helen’s appointment was great news for Cornwall.
“By 2019, one in four of our population will be aged 65 or over. Forty-six percent of overall health spend is on people aged over 65 and 51% of health and care spend is in the acute sector.
“Caring for older people, vulnerable citizens and those with multiple long term conditions is a top priority for community services, which is why we decided to separate our children and adult services leadership and with joint funding from the NHS, create the position of Strategic Director Adult Social Care and Health to drive the improvements we need to make.
“Helen has a wealth of skills and experience to drive forward a programme of transformation across health and social care and we welcome her to Cornwall.”
Chief Executive at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Shaping Our Future Executive Lead, Kathy Byrne also welcomed the appointment.
“This jointly funded role is a significant appointment to move forward our ambition to integrate health and care services. Helen will have a pivotal role in delivering the required improvements for our community and we would like to welcome her to the team.”
Helen said she looked forward to starting in the role: “I am excited by Cornwall’s vision for health and care and look forward to playing a leading role in delivering on the ambition for change.”
The council has gone on the offensive about the ACO and the first sitting of the new inquiry panel meets on Tuesday morning. On the same day in the afternoon, also at County Hall is the Shaping our Future Transformation Board at 2pm in the Trelawney Room and members of the public are welcome to come along and listen to the discussion.
A repeat of the demonstration held on Wednesday outside County Hall was mooted for this Tuesday but in any case parking will be at a premium at County Hall.