A leader in local healthcare and innovation has been appointed as the Independent Chair of a new partnership that brings together health and social care services across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood.
This week it was announced that Professor Rachel Munton has been appointed as Independent Chair of the mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Provider.
Rachel, from Nottingham, has worked at every level from Healthcare Assistant to director of nursing, and ultimately in an array of regional and national positions that contributed to strategic health innovation.
In 2014, whilst serving as Managing Director of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, she was highlighted as one of the 50 most inspirational women in the NHS by the Health Service Journal. She was later awarded an OBE for Services to Healthcare in 2016.
Earlier in her career Rachel worked as a community psychiatric nurse and nurse manager before joining the University of Nottingham to lead a number of nurse education programmes.
She also served as Director of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and Director of the East Midlands Leadership Academy.
More recently, Rachel has been a lay member of the Mansfield and Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group governing bodies.
Now, Professor Munton has been appointed the new chair of the mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Provider (ICP). Reflecting on her ambitions for the new role, Rachel said: “I am delighted to have such an opportunity to contribute to the health and wellbeing of people living in Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood.
“These are exciting times for all the organisations involved in transforming local services. I strongly believe that we have a real opportunity to make a difference through our collective endeavour.”
ICPs are alliances of NHS providers, commissioners and local authorities that work together to deliver care by agreeing to collaborate rather than compete. These providers include hospitals, community services, mental health services and GPs. Social care and independent and third sector providers will also be involved.
The ICP is part of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System programme, which is at the forefront of nationwide action to provide better co-ordinated and more joined up care for local people.
Wendy Saviour, Managing Director of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS congratulated Professor Munton on her appointment: “Rachel is a highly respected nursing leader who has spent her professional life working for the benefit of patients and diverse communities.
“Her local knowledge and leadership skills from years of experience working across the East Midlands will be a strong asset to the partnership.
“The new ICP board, with Rachel as Chair, will play a pivotal role in enabling local providers to forge closer links between community, mental health and social care services.”
Working alongside community organisations and communities, the ICP will bring together health and social care organisations, including the voluntary sector and other care providers across the area to give people the best start in life with support to stay healthy and live longer.
Richard Mitchell, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Executive Lead for the mid Nottinghamshire ICP, said: “I’m delighted that Rachel has been appointed to this key post in the mid Nottinghamshire system.
“Her work as a nursing leader has made a substantial difference to thousands of NHS patients, their loved ones, and staff through the adoption of best practice.
“Rachel’s experience, working across such a wide range of agencies will be extremely valuable to the ICP, which will focus on the wider determinants of physical health and mental well-being.
“This is an excellent appointment for the ICP and I look forward to working with Rachel in her new role.”