After a successful national recruitment process, we are pleased to announce that we have appointed Naomi Eisenstadt as Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s new Independent Chair.

Naomi Eisenstadt – NHCP Independent Chair

Naomi Eisenstadt started her career at the front line, working in nurseries. After three years running a medium sized children’s charity, she joined the civil service to be the first director of Sure Start. After Sure Start, she served three years as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. Naomi was on the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust Board for eleven years, and since leaving the civil service, served as Poverty Advisor to the First Minister of Scotland. Her key interests are life cycle approaches to prevention, health inequalities and poverty.

Naomi said: “I am delighted at being appointed the Chair of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership. There was never a more important time to make sure our public services work well together for the benefit of local people.  With two new emerging local authorities and a single commissioning group for all of Northamptonshire’s health services, there are great opportunities to concentrate on keeping people healthier longer, preventing ill health and ensuring the voices of service users are heard.”

Key figures from Northamptonshire’s health and care system have welcomed Naomi’s appointment as the new NHCP Independent Chair.

Crishni Waring, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Chair, said: “This is a really important point in our journey towards more integrated care and we are delighted that Naomi will be joining us as our Independent Chair to help us along the way. I am really looking forward to working with her.”

Alan Burns, Chair at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Naomi. She brings real intellectual rigour and a track record of delivery on really complex health and social care issues. I am sure the population of Northamptonshire will feel the difference Naomi’s leadership will bring.”

Dr Joanne Watt, GP Chair of NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Naomi to our system as our Independent Chair for Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership. Her previous experience of working with a wide range of communities will bring meaningful value to our system. In particular she brings with her a significant level of expertise and understanding of health inequalities that will help us to shape a more positive future for the health and care of the population of Northamptonshire.”

Naomi takes up her post on Monday 12 October and will attend her first NHCP Board meeting on Thursday 15 October.