Christine Hughes

Executive Director of Communications and Engagement

Christine has enjoyed a long and successful NHS career working with a range of organisations including commissioners, acute providers and mental health trusts.

Speaking about her role, Christine says “I suppose like everyone working in health and care I am keen to make a difference to people’s lives. It’s my job to secure increased positive awareness and understanding of the Partnership and its work, particularly amongst the key stakeholders of members. To me, this means ensuring easy access to clear information about our purpose and progress. Through a strategic approach to communications and engagement, I will contribute to and strengthen the Partnership’s ability to secure long term health improvement amongst our population, and address the unacceptable health inequalities that exist in our communities. A significant part of this will be through facilitating and growing really great relationships between and within partnership members, as well as regulators, the media, and politicians. I also provide communications and engagement leadership and support across the partnership and its members, linking with individuals and teams. Finally, as communications and engagement is an enabling function, I help my executive colleagues meet their objectives and discharge their duties by making it easy for them to report on their progress and keep in touch with their stakeholders”.

Why are you passionate about health and care across Cheshire and Merseyside?
I’ve had a long career in the NHS across the North West and Cheshire and Merseyside have always had a strong reputation for high quality, person centred care. We have a great workforce in the health and care sector in NHS, local authorities, private sector and VCFSE. Now, working much closer together, we have the potential to achieve even greater things despite the challenges of greater demand and finite resources. I am delighted that excellent communications and engagement are now recognised and valued as both a strategic and operational function.

What do you do to improve your health and mental wellbeing on a day-to-day basis?
Good mental and physical wellbeing are essential to working effectively. I try to manage my time well and take breaks away from the screen wherever possible. Working from home is difficult and I miss the social contact with colleagues, but this is something that many of us are dealing with now. I like to make sure I get some fresh air so take a short walk when I can during the day. I drink a lot of coffee during the day, so I am swapping some of these for water!

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