A former nurse has been chosen to lead the delivery of community health and social care services in County Durham.
Lesley Jeavons has been appointed to the new post of director of integrated community services, a role which will see her oversee a partnership model developed by NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, Durham County Council, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
The role involves managing the trust’s community health services and the council’s adult social care provision.
Ms Jeavons is currently director of integrated care, a post which sees her report to the council and the NHS bodies, and was previously head of adult care at the local authority.
Dr Stewart Findlay, chairman of the County Durham Integrated Community Care Partnership, said: “We already have a strong track record of local authority and NHS partnership working here in County Durham which Lesley has been instrumental to over many years.
“This approach is very much in line with national guidance which places the emphasis on integrating services in order to enhance the quality of care provided.
“By working together closely we can use our collective resources more efficiently, maximise the skills across all organisations, bring about faster improvements in care and make the system easier for patients and service users to access.
“Lesley’s role is key to this whole approach and we look forward to her providing effective and visionary leadership for County Durham’s new community offer.”
Ms Jeavons was born and educated in County Durham and still lives in the city. She has been based in the North East throughout her career to date, as a nurse and in programme management and senior leadership roles for both the NHS and councils.
Ms Jeavons’ involvement in integrated care dates back to 1998.
She said: “Having worked across both the NHS and local government in a variety of roles, I feel very well placed to take on this new role.
“I am fully committed to developing and delivering integrated services having worked in this area for over 20 years and I am really excited about what we can provide for patients in the future.”