Paul Burstow announced as new SCIE chair

Paul Burstow – social policy expert and former minister of state for social care - has been appointed as chair of the national improvement agency and independent charity, the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Following a competitive selection process and formal approval by the SCIE Board of Trustees today, Paul takes over from Lord Michael Bichard as chair with immediate effect.

Speaking about the appointment, Peter Hay, SCIE trustee and chair of the appointment panel said:

Paul brings with him a wealth of insight, experience and contacts. His passion and commitment to improving care and support is evident and on behalf of SCIE staff and trustees we look forward to working with him.

Paul welcomed the new opportunities that the role brings, saying:

I am looking forward to working with the team at SCIE. These are tough times for social care and now more than ever the sector needs a practical solutions-focused improvement agency. With its history of co-production and asset-based approaches SCIE is uniquely placed to support integration working across the NHS and social care interface.

Paul is currently Chair of the north London based Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of the National Advisory Panel of the Design Council’s Transform Ageing programme, and Professor of Mental Health Public Policy at the University of Birmingham. An MP from 1997 to 2015, he was Minister of State at the Department of Health from 2010-12, and architect of the thinking and discussions which led to the Care Act.

Notes to editors

Paul Burstow has over thirty years of public service leadership in local government, Westminster and Whitehall. Since leaving parliament he has been appointed to chair the north London based, internationally renowned, Tavistock and Portman NHS FT – the home of psychotherapy. He is a member of the independent oversight and advisory group for the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. His interest in mental health led to his appointment in 2016 as the University of Birmingham’s Professor of Mental Health Public Policy, a part-time role in which he is leading a policy commission devising a new prevention and early action paradigm. Paul was appointed minister of state for care services in 2010 leading the drafting of the Care Bill (now Act) and No Health Without Mental Health strategy. His interest in social care saw him appointed as Chair of the Design Council’s Transform Ageing National Advisory Panel in 2016 and as President of the TSA – the voice of technology enabled care in 2017. Paul was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in 2012.

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