INTERNATIONAL health and social care charity Picker has appointed Angela Coulter as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Angela Coulter is a world-leading and acclaimed researcher on person-centred care. She has published more than 350 academic papers, reports, books and journals focused on patients’ experiences of illness and care. Angela was the CEO of Picker between 2000 and 2008 and other roles held include Executive Director of Policy, the King’s Fund, Director, of Health Services Research Unit, University of Oxford, Non-Executive Director of NICE and Trustee of National Voices.
Professor Aileen Clarke has stepped down as Chair to focus more on her retirement, following three years of service. Aileen led Picker through the pandemic and helped the charity to ensure its sustainability and enhance its impact in improving person-centred care. Angela joins a strong Board of Trustees and will help steer the charity’s strategy and governance. Picker, part of the Picker Group, works across health and social care and believes in the highest quality person-centred care for all, always. It promotes this by measuring, understanding, and encouraging the use of people’s experiences as staff, service users, and patients.
Chris Graham, Chief Executive of Picker, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Angela back to Picker as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Angela is exceptionally experienced and shares our vision to continually improve person-centred care via evidence-based measurement. Her knowledge, insights and wisdom will be invaluable to our board and our wider team alike.
“We thank Aileen for her extensive contribution to Picker. Aileen led Picker through the unprecedented challenge of the pandemic and coordinated the board’s response with distinction. She leaves Picker in a stronger place, having published a new strategy, helped to ensure our effectiveness, and encouraged a strong focus on impact.”
Angela Coulter said: “Picker is integral to supporting the healthcare profession to gain deep insights into patient experiences and health outcomes via evidence-based measurement. There has never been a greater need to ensure patients’ voices are heard to help inform health and social care strategies. I’m pleased to have re-joined the charity and look forward to leading the board and helping Picker deliver its strategy to improve person-centred care.”