Professor Sarah O’Brien

Executive Director of Strategy and System Development

Sarah O’Brien has extensive experience in leading service improvements and working closely with local people to ensure systems are safe and effective. Sarah had an integrated role as Accountable Officer for NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group and Executive Director Peoples St Helens MBC overseeing the delivery of integrated commissioning in St Helens and closer integrated working between all relevant partners to improve outcomes for local people.

As the Accountable Officer and St Helens Place Lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, Sarah was a member of the Partnership Board and the Senior Responsible Officer for the Partnerships Diabetes Programme.

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

As a registered nurse, who for many years was a Diabetes Nurse Consultant in the patch, I saw first-hand the impact that chronic disease (and other determinants of health) can have on peoples physical, mental and social wellbeing. I believe that effective prevention strategies, excellent clinical care and joined up systems can really impact positively on wellbeing and outcomes. I have always been passionate about striving to achieve better health care for people across the region as well as working together to reduce health and social care inequalities. There are many inequalities and poor outcomes across Cheshire and Merseyside that we need to work on collectively to improve.

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

I try to do something each day even such as walking or a gym session, even if it is only for half an hour. I also love spending time with my family and friends.