National Director for Patient and Public Affairs

Joan Saddler OBE is the National Director for Patient and Public Affairs at the Department of HealthJoan Saddler

  • provides: focus on the inclusion, involvement and engagement of all people in the commissioning and delivery of health and social care services
  • ensures: efficient multi-agency working operates for patient benefit
  • contributes: wide experience and strategic direction for patient and public affairs
  • is responsible for: efficient and effective secondary care planning

About Joan Saddler: As National Director for Patient and Public Affairs at the Department of Health, Joan’s role focuses on the inclusion, involvement and engagement of all people in the commissioning and delivery of health and social care services.  She currently advises the Department of Health Leadership Council and is a member of the Equality and Diversity Council and of the General Medical Council UK Revalidation Programme Board.

An experienced campaigner, manager and chief executive within the public sector, Joan established a number of groundbreaking initiatives involving the public in multi-agency partnership initiatives.  As Chair of Waltham Forest NHS Primary Care Trust for seven years, Joan managed a corporate board of executive and non-executive members with responsibility for the governance of an average annual budget of £300 million. Additionally Joan led the development of a successful local, public and patient involvement strategy. Joan was the founder and co-Chair of the National NHS BME Leadership Forum supported by the NHS Confederation and Royal College of Nursing.

Joan received an OBE in June 2007 for services to health and diversity.

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