Healthwatch Lancashire have announced the appointment of their new CEO, Gill Brown.

Gill joins the organisation from The Walton Centre, a specialist neuroscience NHS foundation trust located in Liverpool, where she was the Centre’s Director of Corporate and Research Governance.

Gill’s NHS career has spanned almost four decades and has included a diverse range of roles and responsibilities encompassing many facets of patient care. In November 2013, Gill received a national award for ‘Excellence in Governance’ in recognition of her innovative and proactive approach to corporate and research governance.

Gill said “I’m very much looking forward to starting my new role at Healthwatch Lancashire and continuing my career with a patient centred organisation”.

Gail Stanley, Chair of the Healthwatch Lancashire Board of Directors, said “We are thrilled to have appointed Gill. She brings a wealth of NHS experience to the role, and shares with Healthwatch Lancashire a deep commitment to improving health and social care services in the county, and ensuring that people’s voices are heard and can influence change.”

Healthwatch Lancashire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in the county with the role to listen and the power to significantly influence change within the health and social care system.

Residents with concerns about health and social care services in Lancashire can contact Healthwatch Lancashire by calling 0300 303 8811 or they can share their experiences on their website: www.healthwatchlancashire.co.uk.

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Healthwatch Lancashire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in the county with the role to listen and the power to significantly influence change within the health and social care system.

Healthwatch Lancashire gives children, young people and adults a powerful voice – making sure their views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services in Lancashire.

Healthwatch Lancashire is one of 152 local Healthwatch organisations which, together with Healthwatch England, make up the Healthwatch Network across the country.Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwin also have local Healthwatch organisations.