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Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT announce new Chair

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust has announced Mike Potts will be joining the trust as their new chair on August 1, 2020 when the current incumbent, Jayne Brown OBE, formally retires from the role.

Having spent 20 years working with health boards, Mr Potts previously served as Chief Executive at Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield Primary Care Trust Cluster. He also worked in commissioning services in South and West Yorkshire.

He was also more recently involved in supporting a number of health and social care systems achieve greater integration and agree an action plan following a Care Quality Commission review of how they support older people.

Speaking about the appointment, Mr Potts said: “Mental health, substance misuse and learning disability services touch the lives of around one in four people in Sheffield. Our services will be needed by more people than ever as our vibrant and diverse city recovers from COVID-19. I am proud to be joining SHSC as chair at this time and looking forward to supporting your vital work.

“As Chair I will be taking an active role in listening to the people we serve to understand what is working well and what we need to improve. There are lots of challenges ahead. We need to move into the recovery phase of our response to COVID-19 while staying focused making the changes that we all want to see so we can give our service users the best care and support."

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