Hertfordshire and West Essex STP appoints Clinical and Professional Director

Hertfordshire and West Essex STP appoints Clinical and Professional Director

A new Clinical and Professional Director has been appointed to provide expert leadership for the area’s health and care organisations, as work to deliver an improved, integrated health and care system for our 1.5 million residents gathers pace.  

Dr Rachel Joyce is both a GP and a public health consultant by background.  With a broad range of experience, from hospital and community-based roles, work as a Director of Public Health in Bedfordshire and 10 years in senior roles in Hertfordshire, she has a wealth of expertise to bring to her new appointment.  In her current role as Medical Director for East and North Hertfordshire CCG, Dr Joyce is heavily involved in improving the health and care of patients who are elderly and frail across Hertfordshire and west Essex.

Deborah Fielding, Chief Executive Lead for the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, said:

“I’m delighted that Dr Rachel Joyce is joining the STP leadership team.  We are committed to ensuring that clinical and professional expertise is at the heart of our plans to improve health and care in Hertfordshire and west Essex.  This is a very influential post and everyone who knows Rachel will agree that she has the experience, drive and commitment to take on the challenges that lie ahead.” 

Dr Joyce said: “I am committed to local health services and have lived and worked in the area for many years.  This role offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with clinical and professional leaders, NHS and social care staff, patients, carers and the public to put in place the services we need to develop a healthier future for our residents.”   

Dr Rachel Joyce has particular expertise in clinical effectiveness - ensuring health services are as safe and effective as possible - the redesign of services, wellbeing and preventative health and the early identification of illness.  She has both director and board level experience in a number of NHS organisations, has led on clinical programmes and large-scale transformation projects and has significant experience of partnership working.

As the STP’s integrated health and care strategy is at a key stage of its development, Dr Joyce will start work in her new role on a part-time basis for two days a week, from Monday 1 April.   Over time, this commitment will increase to four days a week at the STP, with one day working for the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.