Chief executive of the Association of Mental Health Providers, Kathy Roberts, has taken up her role as Chair of the Care Provider Alliance.
With over 25 years of cross-sector senior leadership roles, Kathy has been the Chief Executive of the Association of Mental Health Providers, a representative body for VCSE mental health service providers, since April 2012. Throughout her career, she has championed the need for whole-person and whole-system approaches to the design, development and delivery of services; across health, social care and wider community, and is an advocate for true co-production.
The role of CPA chair rotates annually across each of the ten associations. Kathy follows Lisa Lenton, England Director at the Association for Real Change who served as the CPA’s Chair for the past 12 months. With Britain leaving the EU and a pandemic in her year of office, Lisa has headed up the CPA through unprecedented and challenging times.
Kathy said: “I am delighted and honoured to be the incoming Chair at such a pivotal part in the history of social care. Adult social care is a diverse and complex sector, and the pandemic has shown just how vital social care is for people to live a meaningful and fulfilled life. Furthermore, it has also demonstrated just how interdependent social care and the NHS are; people who receive good social care are much less likely to require NHS treatment and services, just as, to avoid lengthy stays and potential readmissions, people need essential ongoing support when they are discharged from the NHS.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Lisa over the past few months as she guided us through these very turbulent times. With so much uncertainty still around as we head into a period of recovery from lockdown and return to a form of normality, and as we prepare to leave the EU, the role of the CPA is more important than ever. Over the coming months, we will be looking to address the long-standing issues such as funding, recruitment, continuity of services, and workforce wellbeing – ensuring the sector voice is heard and represented and it receives the recognition it deserves in the provision of healthcare.”