Simon Banks has worked in health and care in either the voluntary sector or the NHS for his whole career. Simon’s experience in the voluntary sector came through working as a Patient Advocate with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Ashworth Hospital. Simon joined the NHS in July 2000 as Chief Officer, Warrington Community Health Council before moving to work in Warrington Community Healthcare NHS Trust and 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust. Simon has also worked in commissioning in specialised services, NHS Halton and St Helens Primary Care Trust and as Chief Officer of NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group before moving to NHS Wirral CCG in May 2017.
As the Healthy Wirral Place Lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, Simon is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Transforming Care Programme and the Accountable Officer to the Mental Health Programme Board.
Working in health and care in Cheshire and Merseyside is never without challenge. I know this as I have lived here and worked in health and care since the age of 21. We face great challenges every day in tackling health inequalities, improving services and integrating with local organisations and communities to improve health and wellbeing. Great challenges do however lead to great rewards, and when we get it right the health and wellbeing rewards for individuals and communities are tremendous. You have to be passionate about that.
I go Running regularly and attend Pilates sessions. I also like getting outdoors for walks and birdwatching. I am a fan of rock music and often listen to it when I have a spare moment and go to live shows whenever possible.