Mark Palethorpe

Place Lead for St Helens

Executive Director of Integrated Health and Social Care for St Helens Borough Council and Accountable Officer for St Helens CCG

Mark became the Accountable Officer for the CCG and the Executive Director of Integrated Health and Care on 15th February 2021 – this is a joint role with St Helens Borough Council.  Prior to this, Mark spent the last four years at Cheshire East Council in the role of Executive Director for People’s Services with responsibility for Adults Social Care, Children and Young People, Public Health and Communities.  Mark has also been the NHS and Council Place lead for Cheshire East and led on Public Sector Transformation across the sub region of Cheshire and Warrington.

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

Across our communities, there are differences in the levels of ill health and wellbeing, often linked to big differences in other aspects of the quality of life of our population, for example housing, employment, education and manifesting themselves as Inequalities that negatively impact upon people’s lives.

As Partners, we want children and young people to get the best start in life and be ready for school; we want people to live well and independently for longer, and we want older people to be able to maintain their independence for as long as possible, through more dementia friendly communities and active ageing initiatives, as well as by reducing social isolation. We also want to encourage people to take responsibility for looking after themselves, their families and neighbours and to enable more care to be delivered in the community.

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

I love spending time with my family and friends whenever possible and my two cockerpoo dogs tend to keep me on my toes on a day-to-day basis. I also enjoy playing squash in my spare time.