Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group announced on 16 March that Helen Charlesworth May has been appointed to the new role of joint accountable officer for public health and care.

Helen brings extensive experience of working in both the NHS and social care. Helen joined Cornwall Council from Lambeth Council 2 years ago, bringing with her over 30 years of experience working across adult social care and health, driving forward innovative health and care integration.

The role will provide joint leadership and oversight, as services continue to evolve to meet the changing demands of our population. Public Health, health and, care services will be better placed to develop joint approaches and services which respond to people’s needs and promote the wider health and wellbeing of people and communities.

The news follows last month’s announcement of a joint agreement between the two organisations to establish a new leadership role across both organisations. The role incorporates the duties undertaken by NHS Kernow’s Chief Officer and Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director of adult care and support. The joined-up leadership will help deliver on the new vision for health and wellbeing for the next ten years that has been developed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership by ‘working together to tackle health inequalities, everyone can enjoy good health and wellbeing and grow, live, work and age well.’

For the full press release, see the Council’s website.