Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) has announced that Geraldine Broderick is stepping down from the role after six years as Trust Chair.
Geraldine has been responsible for leading the NCH&C Board and representing the interests of community patients, and the organisation, locally, regionally and nationally since June 2016.
She said: “I feel hugely privileged to have been Chair of NCH&C. There have been many highlights and achievements during my tenure, the greatest being the progression of collaborative working with system partners, and our determined commitment to putting patients, service users, families, and carers at the heart of our work. I’m immensely proud of NCH&C and everything it does for the people of Norfolk.”
Stephen Collman, NCH&C CEO, said: “As our Chair, Geraldine has gone above and beyond. We’re hugely grateful for her unwavering leadership and her genuine dedication to our staff and patients.
“Geraldine has championed and challenged the trust over the years, and her legacy will be greater awareness and understanding of the importance of looking after people locally. She will be greatly missed, and I want to thank her wholeheartedly for all she has done during her time at NCH&C.”
Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System (ICS) and Chair-designate of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, said: "Geraldine has been an outstanding chair of an Outstanding-rated NHS Trust. She has always put patients and staff first, leading from the front to create a culture in which every individual is valued and can give of their best - a culture reflected in NCH&C’s recent excellent staff survey results. From the moment the Norfolk & Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was first established some six years ago, she championed system working, recognising that our residents need every part of the NHS to work closely with each other, with social care providers as well as local government and voluntary and community groups to integrate services around individual patients and their families.
“As we establish the new NHS Integrated Care Board on 1 July, I know that both NCH&C and all of us in the wider system will continue to build on Geraldine’s legacy of partnership working and putting our patients and residents first. I am hugely grateful to Geraldine for her contribution and commitment to Norfolk & Waveney during her six years as NCH&C Chair and wish her all the best for the future.”
The process of recruiting a new NCH&C Chair will now commence. Graham Nice, Non-Executive Director at NCH&C, will step up to become Deputy Chair from today and will act as Interim Chair until a new permanent Chair is appointed.