Fiona Carey, a member of C4CC’s Co-production Group, has been appointed as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Collaborative Care.
Joining Fiona as C4CC Shadow Co-Chairs are Trevor Fossey and Lisa Bittles, also both members of C4CC’s Co-production Group.
Fiona will work with the other co-chair, Professor Nigel Mathers, who previously held the post of Interim Chair of C4CC and is Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Together Fiona and Nigel will support the delivery of the Coalition’s strategic objectives, drive progress on the strategy and work programme and guide engagement with partners, members and subscribers.
Newly appointed C4CC Co-Chair Fiona Carey said: “Co-production is necessary, gaining ground, easy to do badly and hard to do well. As a patient with, frankly, too much experience of the NHS, I’ve long been a proponent of patient-centred care. C4CC is not only championing the idea of co-production and collaboration; it is modelling it brilliantly in all its work and projects. So I’m delighted to be part of the team, and I’m looking forward to carrying forward the experiences and views of my fellow patients and carers.”
Martin Routledge, C4CC Director explains why it is important for the Coalition to be led by someone with lived experience of long-term conditions: “I am delighted at the appointment of Fiona as co-chair of the steering group for C4CC and Trevor and Lisa to the roles of shadow co-chair and look forward to them overseeing the activity of the Coalition alongside Nigel.
“There is a long way to go before genuine co-production – people with long term health conditions co-designing and steering health and care at all levels – is truly embedded. C4CC is determined to play a part in this, and with people of the calibre of Fiona, Trevor and Lisa steering our work we are confident we can.”
C4CC Co-Chair Nigel Mathers said: “I really welcome this development. Patients and carers have such a massive amount of experience and expertise to contribute. This is a really positive step – doing co-production at the core of our values, and it will help to deliver our mission to spread the practice of co-production far and wide into the NHS.”
The role was exclusively offered to members of the existing C4CC Co-production Group, who have lived experience of long-term conditions, either living with their own or caring for someone with a long-term condition.
Other requirements for the role included experience of chairing board meetings or groups at any level, an understanding of the current issues and systems within which the Coalition works and a commitment to equality and inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds.
Fiona and Nigel will both attend each of the C4CC Steering Group meetings, which take place every six weeks.
Progress reports compiled by C4CC for each of the meetings can be found here.