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BCHC chief executive is new chair of Aspirant Community Foundation Trust Network

Tracy Taylor

BCHC CEO Tracy Taylor has spoken of her ambitions in her new role as chair of the Aspirant Community Foundation Trust Network (ACFTN).

Tracy has been appointed chair of the ACFTN, taking on the role following the departure of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust chief executive Rob Webster.

The ACFTN represents England’s leading providers of dedicated NHS community services. Its 18 members collectively serve a population of over 12.3 million people with a turnover of over £2.3 billion.

The organisations that make up the network are of strategic significance to NHS care, social care and the wider UK economy, providing the very best care to patients where they want to receive it: in their own homes and communities.

In particular they are blazing the trail for health and social care integration.

Tracy said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of chair of the Aspirant Community Foundation Trust Network and look forward to working with colleagues from all member organisations to build on the group’s achievements and continue to raise the profile and status of community healthcare.

“Working together, this group can fulfil a key role in establishing community healthcare in the public consciousness as a specialist field, delivered by dedicated experts able to fulfil a real leadership role in the modern NHS.

“We have the expertise and experience - and growing evidence - to show that high quality services delivered flexibly in the community hold the key to easing the pressure on the acute sector and enabling many more patients to receive personalised care closer to home.”

In February 2014, the ACFTN provided extensive input into a King's Fund report that outlined the case for giving community healthcare services a more prominent role, providing more services closer to home and easing the pressure on the acute sector.