Torbay and South Devon host national and regional visitors

Image: NHS national and regional visitors meet with Torbay and South Devon staff

Published: 26 July 2022

Devon was pleased to welcome NHS England’s chair, Sir Richard Meddings CBE, and fellow directors to the county today for a tour of some of its many services.

The visit was a chance to provide a realistic view of Devon’s challenges and opportunities, showcase the good work already underway, and look at future plans.

The tour included:

  • The NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust’s plans for a new emergency department
  • The new short-term care centre in Plymouth
  • Plans for a peninsula electronic patient record
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust including Torbay Pharmaceuticals
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s mother and baby unit
  • Eastern Devon’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector’s work to support refugees and asylum seekers

Here at Torbay and South Devon our visitors were Sir Richard Meddings CBE (Chair of NHS England), Sir David Behan (Associate Non-Executive Director, NHS England and Chair of Health Education England), and Tim Ferris (National Director of Transformation, NHS England) who were accompanied by Elizabeth O’Mahony (South West Regional Director, NHS England) and Jane Milligan (Chief Executive, NHS Devon).

Colleagues from community services, our digital futures innovation hub, our building a brighter future programme, our equality and inclusion team and Torbay Pharmaceuticals shared their passion for working together with our local communities to deliver better health and care for all.

Our part of the visit was hosted by Sir Richard Ibbotson (Chairman) and Liz Davenport (Chief Executive).

Sir Richard said: “It was a privilege to welcome our visitors and to discuss our strategic vision and our commitment to transformation and improvement for the people of Torbay and South Devon and the wider Devon system.

Liz thanked the visitors for taking the time to visit Torbay and South Devon: “We were particularly pleased that a number of our people were able to join us to share our story and our ambitions with our visitors. While the time we had together was limited, we hope we managed to convey the passion and dedication of our people, our commitment to integrated care and innovation and the importance we place on working together with our local communities to help everyone to live well.”