A health professional with a passion for improving the quality of health and care services has been appointed to a new watchdog role.
Steph Edusei, from New Hartley, is the first chief executive of Healthwatch Newcastle (HWN), an independent, not-for-profit champion for social care and health services.
Healthwatch Newcastle’s dual remit covers all publicly funded health and social care services for both adults and children.
The organisation works to champion the rights of those using the social care and health systems and it acts as a watchdog to ensure the social care and health systems correctly engage with the public.
One of Steph’s first roles is to get the right people in place to act as Healthwatch board members.
She said: “I firmly believe in working in partnership with others.
“I feel that it’s important to bring in people with expertise in different aspects of the social care and health sector, whether it’s someone who has experienced care or a former social care or health professional, their personal experience is vitally important.
“I also need us to be accountable and ensure that we get the very best people available to help lead Healthwatch Newcastle into the future.”