Patricia HewittPatricia Hewitt has been re-appointed as the Independent Chair of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Patricia, a former Secretary of State for Health, joined the STP in June 2017 and, together with senior clinical and management colleagues, has been instrumental in driving forward the STP’s work.

Now, her appointment has been extended and confirmed for a further two-years.

Patricia said: “As a resident of Norfolk, with long family connections here, I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to continue as the Independent Chair.

“We have a real opportunity to work more closely together across the NHS, local councils, the voluntary and community sector and, most of all, with patients, service users and their families. We are determined to enable people to enjoy better health, particularly in our most disadvantaged communities, with better services and better use of public money.”

Some of the STP’s work so far includes development of Primary Care Networks where mental health and community services can be co-located or work more closely with GPs, developing cancer services, and supporting people to prevent illness or manage better without going into hospital. There is much more about the work of the STP on this website.

Patricia’s reappointment was made by the STP Chairs Oversight Group. The Chair of NHS North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Anoop Dhesi, led the re-appointment process.

He said: “Patricia has been a really effective leader in our local system and we are delighted that she will continue. Her knowledge and experience has been immensely useful in bringing organisations together to work more collaboratively, and she has represented and lobbied hard at national level for people in Norfolk and Waveney."