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Wednesday 24th July 2013
The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today confirmed the appointment of Mrs Bridget Johnson as Non-Executive Director of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.
Bridget who lives in Whiston, Staffordshire, has extensive experience of working with a wide range of voluntary and community organisations, providing the management teams with advice and guidance on business planning, finances and risk management. 
For the past two years, Bridget has been the Chair of Moorlands Housing, a registered charity and not-for-profit company which owns and manages homes and provides support to its vulnerable tenants and the wider community across the Staffordshire Moorlands.  Prior to this Bridget has also worked as the treasurer for Brighter Futures, a social housing association, which provides supported housing and associated services for vulnerable people in North Staffordshire. 
Bridget worked with Stoke-on-Trent City Council for almost twenty years, mostly in Regeneration. Initially, she was the Finance Manager for Cobridge Community Renewal delivering projects such as The Dudson Centre and Cobridge Community Centre. Later she worked in Programme Management to deliver a range of Partnership initiatives across the City.
Bridget said: “As a public sector accountant I understand the financial pressures which the NHS is under at this time; but from my other roles I understand the importance of providing safe and effective care to patients. I am currently a member of my local GP’s Patient Group and also I was a member of the Patients’ Congress for North Staffordshire.
“I was also on the Board of North Staffordshire Community Healthcare as it went through a transition.  During that time the Board made difficult decisions concerning the options for the new organisation, always ensuring that patient safety was not compromised. 
“I am delighted to be joining North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust at such a key time.  My experience of local agencies and deep knowledge of public and private sector practices places me in a strong position to support the existing Board through the rigorous process of transition.  My focus throughout will remain on ensuring services are safe and that the patient remains at the centre of those services.”
All non-executive director appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Bridget has declared no political activity and does not hold any other ministerial appointments.
Ken Jarrold, Chair, said: "I am delighted to welcome Bridget to the Trust.
“The role of non-executive directors is to use their experience, skills and knowledge to support front line staff in the delivery of local health and social care services and Bridget brings a wealth of private and public sector experience to our Board.
“Bridget will make an important contribution to our work at this time of change."
Non-executive appointments to NHS trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. 

Bridget has been appointed from 1 August 2013 until 31 July 2014 and is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum. 
Notes for Editors
1.       For further information, please contact Annie Roberts, Head of Communications, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust on 0800 0328 728 or email For information on the TDA please contact Steve Gladwin on 0207 932 1967 /
2.       North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is a provider of mental health, specialist learning disability and related services for people of all ages across a catchment population of approximately 464,000 people living in the northern part of the county of Staffordshire. Our purpose is working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of local communities.
3.       An independent organisation, the NHS TDA will work closely with other important national bodies such as NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and Monitor, to help to ensure they play an important role in providing broader health system leadership to deliver sustainable, high quality care.
4.       The NHS TDA brings together a number of functions previously carried out within the Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities and by the Appointments Commission. It has the core objective of supporting NHS trusts and ensuring that services to patients are of the highest possible quality, including:
·         assurance of clinical quality, governance and risk in NHS trusts;
·         appointments to NHS trusts e.g. of chairs and non-executive members and trustees for NHS charities where the Secretary of State has a power to appoint
·         performance management of NHS trusts;
·         management of the FT pipeline.




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