Revitalise are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Executive Director of Quality, Joanne Lappin.
Joanne is a highly experienced health and social care professional who started her career at Hampshire County Council as a Day Service Officer for people with learning disabilities before working her way up to Head of Safeguarding for the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. From there, she returned to Hampshire County Council, where her current role is Head of Governance and Assurance, overseeing statutory adult safeguarding, care governance and assurance across Adults’ Health & Care, as well as leading the Bronze operational response to COVID-19 across the department.
Joanne joins Revitalise in the autumn and will lead on all quality responsibilities, to ensure that Revitalise is an exemplar in providing holiday breaks for guests and carers.
Revitalise’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Tregelles, said:
“We are excited to welcome Joanne as Revitalise’s new Executive Director of Quality. Joanne’s fantastic career within health and social care speaks for itself, and I’m looking forward to working with her to ensure that quality is at the heart of everything we do.”
Commenting on her new appointment, Joanne said:
“I’m very pleased to be joining such an important and ambitious organisation as Revitalise, which has plans to expand and help even more people around the country. I am excited to be part of a charity which provides much needed holidays for disabled people and it is a privilege to join them.”
The new role, Executive Director of Quality reflects new energy and resource behind Revitalise’s growth ambitions. Already the largest provider of respite holidays for disabled people in the UK, the charity wants to go further, pushing the boundary of what disabled people can expect on holiday and growing to be within easy reach of every disabled person in the country.
Joanne also joins Revitalise at a very unusual time in the charity’s history. Unable to provide holidays during the lockdown and wanting to make a positive contribution during the COVID-19 crisis, Revitalise repurposed two of their holiday centres, Revitalise Netley Waterside House in Hampshire and Revitalise Jubilee Lodge in Essex, to provide beds and care for NHS patients. This both frees up spaces in hospitals for people battling coronavirus and helps some of the most vulnerable stay safe and healthy during a very challenging time.
The charity is offering their third centre, Revitalise Sandpipers in Southport, Merseyside, as a place to stay safe for disabled people no longer able to get the care they need at home. The centre is fully accessible, with equipment including hoists, profiling beds and airflow mattresses. The teams are comprised of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants.
Anybody who is worried about whether their care support at home can continue should contact Revitalise, who are able to offer long or short stays with full care support in place. The charity is also offering transportation to those that need it, as well as financial support from their own Revitalise Support Fund.
For more information on a long or short stay at Revitalise Sandpipers, please visit www.revitalise.org.uk