Former Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow 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, the former social care minister takes over from Lord Michael Bichard.
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 Bairstow said: “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.”