Alan Yates

Chair

Alan Yates has worked throughout his career trying to support the development of NHS approaches to Health and Health Inequalities.

Whilst working independently he supported executive directors in sustaining services in Mid-Staffordshire, helping several Trusts escape special measures and as Improvement Director and later Chair of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to enable its recovery from reputational and service challenges.

Through his Presidency of the European Association of Healthcare Management, Mental Health Committee, Alan gained insights into comparative healthcare, national systems, the impact of culture on system design and effectiveness, as well as developing a model for European convergence in mental healthcare.

As the Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, Alan is responsible creating an environment and culture where endeavour is supported and encouraged. Despite the complex system across the region, Alan strives to make things as simple as possible so that those who want to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities can navigate the system. In practice, this means developing clarity of purpose, straightforward governance and excellent information.

Why are you passionate about health and care across Cheshire and Merseyside?

I am proud of the work of the public services in Cheshire and Merseyside, there are some tremendous people and organisations contributing to this. And yet our area has worse health outcomes overall and significant health inequalities than most other parts of the country. We need to do more about the wider determinants of health as well as providing excellent health and care.

What do you do to improve your health and mental wellbeing on a day-to-day basis?

Cycling is my release and my two dogs get me out most days. I have also learnt to value fiction through the Reader Organisation, my taste is indiscriminate, but it helps imagination, understanding and perspective.

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