Charlie Ladyman is to step down as chief executive of Healthwatch Croydon, after just 18 months in the post.
Healthwatch Croydon is the body which represents NHS patients and users of social care in the borough, dealing with those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services.
Ladyman joined Healthwatch Croydon in April last year. She leaves in November. Her departure comes at a time when Croydon’s NHS delivery is under extreme scrutiny, with budgets under mounting pressure and some services being considered to be cut altogether.
The announcement of her departure comes just a couple of weeks ahead of the organisation’s annual meeting, to be held at Bernard Weatherill House on October 5.
“The board very much appreciate the contribution Charlie has made since she joined us last year,” John Davey, the chair of Healthwatch said.
“She has driven our evidence-based approach with the creation of the Patient Experience Panel, outreach and specific research which has considerably enhanced our credibility. As a result she has been able to bring real influence to bear on local decision-makers on behalf of service users in Croydon. We wish her well in whatever she decides to do next.”
Healthwatch Croydon is advertising for an interim chief executive, a role which will run until March 31, 2017.
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