School governor and Bromley Mind chair to lead local Healthwatch
PUBLISHED: 14:07 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:07 17 July 2013
The governor of an Orpington school is set to represent borough residents on health and social care services.
Linda Gabriel, of Bromley, has been appointed chair of Healthwatch Bromley, which is funded by the Department of Health and is independent from the council.
Currently chair of Bromley Mind, working alongside people with mental health needs, Linda was chosen for the role in a process overseen by Community Links Bromley - voted by Bromley Council to undertake the role of Healthwatch in February.
She will now sit on the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which was established as part of health reforms to bring together GPs, health professionals and councils to identify matters of priority.
A governor at Holy Innocents Primary School, in Mitchell Road, Linda says she is “delighted” to lead the Healthwatch.
She added: “We will work with organisations and individuals to put the voice and influence of local people at the centre of everything we do, with the aim of improving health and social care services for the adults, children and young people who use them
“I look forward to working with the staff team, recruiting trustees and planning the future.”