For she’s a jolly NICE Fellow!

23 May 2017

Associate Director for Social Care, Jo Williams

Associate Director for Social Care, Jo Williams

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust’s Associate Director for Social Care, Joanna (Jo) Williams, is one of just nine senior healthcare leaders in the country this year to be named a Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE Fellows are senior health and social care leaders who are ambassadors for the Institute at regional and national levels and among their professional groups and peers. This fellowship is for a three year period. NICE Fellows build networks of influential professionals who support NICE in the implementation of its guidance.

Jo is currently the lead for social care at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and is a qualified social worker who has worked with a wide variety of people who use social care services over the duration of her 25-year career. She has held a variety of front line, senior management, strategic and commissioning roles and also worked as a paid carer for several years in her early career.

Jo said: “I am delighted to be appointed as a Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. I have a special interest in ensuring that people and communities are in control of services and that they hold the power to control their own lives. I hope to use my time as a NICE Fellow to practically support the availability of high quality and safe health and social care in the community.

“I am also hoping to use my extensive experience in operational and strategic social care to strengthen NICE’s voice and promote its role in ensuring choice of high quality social care provision that the people who rely on it deserve.”

Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, added: “I am delighted that Jo has been awarded this prestigious fellowship from NICE. As an ambassador for NICE and the Trust, she will ensure that we remain abreast of wider developments in health and care as well as raising awareness of our own local innovations that are driving improvements in care.

“My sincere congratulations to Jo on this well-deserved recognition of her leadership and contribution to driving excellence in care, and she has our best wishes and support in taking on this national and high profile role.”

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