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Elaine Clancy appointed Joint Chief Nurse for Croydon Health Service NHS Trust and NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group

elaine.JPGElaine Clancy is a trained A&E nurse by background and has 30 years of experience within the NHS this year. She has held senior nursing and managerial roles at various London teaching hospitals, including previously being the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Croydon Health Services. Elaine is currently the Director of Quality and Governance at Croydon CCG. 

She said:

"I feel so privileged to have been offered this role. I have always been an advocate for a more joined up health and care system and I believe that the changes our organisations are making represent a fantastic opportunity for Croydon.  I believe by working more closely together, we will not only improve the working practices of our front line staff but even more importantly we will improve patient safety and health outcomes for the people we care for.  

"Having worked in Croydon for much of my career, I look forward to working with many more of Croydon's hard working staff.”

The appointment comes as the Trust and CCG take steps towards increasing their integration and partnership at all levels. The two organisations have already appointed a Joint Chief Pharmacist and established an Integrated Safeguarding Team.

Through closer alignment, the Trust and CCG are aiming to improve the health of local people – by providing better quality, more joined-up care and reducing duplication to work more efficiently.

Mike Bell, chairman of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said:

“Croydon is ahead of the curve and has an amazing opportunity to ultimately bring the whole health and care system together in the borough to improve the wellbeing of all. Elaine’s appointment is a really positive step that will help ensure the people of Croydon get the care they need quickly, and in the right care setting. We already have one Chief Pharmacist in Croydon – shared equally across the Trust and CCG. This joint post is saving time, energy and money and importantly is giving local people more seamless services by bridging hospital and primary care.

“Our Integrated Safeguarding Team has brought together expertise and provides greater oversight and rigour. We believe there is real potential in having more shared functions like this that can provide shared expertise and free up time and funding that can be invested elsewhere.”

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, a local GP and Chair of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Croydon already has a very strong track record for partnership working. The One Croydon Alliance has really set the standard, bringing health and care professionals together from the NHS, local mental health services, Croydon Council and Age UK Croydon to deliver more coordinated, holistic services for local residents. Thirty-seven GP practices in Croydon are now able to prescribe social activities in our community, which is empowering people to take control of their health and regain their independence.

“We know that there are huge benefits in having shared roles and functions and Elaine’s appointment is another step towards formalising the partnership between the Trust and CCG. The integration of health and social care in the borough will help to make Croydon a great place for people of all ages to live and thrive.”