The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has appointed Dr Jane Townson as its interim chief executive.
Dr Townson has been an active member of UKHCA’s board for the last three years, including acting as the association’s vice chair. Until recently, she was the CEO of Somerset Care Group, a not-for-profit provider of domiciliary, extra care and residential services.
She is also the founder of LifeSpan100, a new company, whose purpose is to empower and encourage people to make the most of the 100 year life, providing thought leadership, consultancy, products and services in the areas of lifestyle, health and care.
Dr Townson will join the team as interim chief executive for an initial period of six months, while UKHCA determines its longer-term requirements, the association said.
The news follows the announcement that Roger Berry has decided to withdraw from the role of CEO due to personal circumstances.
Speaking to Home Care Insight, Townson said: “I’m delighted to join the team at UKHCA to help guide the Association’s work in coming months. This is an important time, as the UK prepares to exit from the European Union, and we respond to the forthcoming green paper on social care policy in England – and a comprehensive spending review and Budget which will determine the short and medium-term funding available to social care.
“Homecare is an essential service which enables people to remain independent at home. We will be looking at new ways to support our members to develop the workforce, and to deliver innovation in a challenging operating environment by businesses which are financially sustainable.”