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Southend University Hospital expert to help shape East region’s healthcare

06 January 2014

Health Care

Noreen Buckley is record third appointment to Clinical Senate

Southend University Hospital's Noreen Buckley has been offered a prestigious new role on the East of England Clinical Senate. 

Mrs Buckley, who works at the hospital as the Essex Chronic Fatigue service manager and head of rehabilitation, has become the third Southend-based clinician to be appointed to the organisation responsible for shaping the future provision of health care to 5.8 million people across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. No other hospital has two, let alone three, representatives on the board. 

56-year old Noreen from Southend has worked in the NHS for 35 years and joined the Southend University Hospital team in 2006. The mother of two adult sons leads a county-wide service providing diagnosis and therapy to people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Noreen said:"I am chuffed to bits I have been picked. There are not many allied health professionals left from my era, as so many people could not keep up with the pace of change and the high level of academic achievement required to continue practising.

"But I am still here and loving my job, so I am really pleased to get this opportunity to share all my years of skills and knowledge, putting them to good use in helping others."

There are twelve Clinical Senates across the UK. They were created to give a professional overview of healthcare for a particular geographical area, as well as providing independent advice and leadership on how health services can best be tailored to meet the specific needs of local patients. Members are chosen for their wealth of experience, proven track record in designing health policy and the high regard in which they are held by their peers. 

Senate members advise clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) and NHS England, helping them to reach the best decisions for their local people. 

Noreen clearly aims to bring a pragmatic approach to her new role: "I think the most important thing is going to be knowing when to evolve and change, but also knowing when to leave well alone and not change things for change's sake. And absolutely everything must be based on evidence from the grassroots." 

The two other Southend University Hospital representatives already on the Senate are leading stroke specialist Dr Tony O'Brien and chief nurse Sue Hardy. 

Southend Hospital's chief executive Jacqueline Totterdell commented: "Congratulations to Noreen, who I am sure will do a fantastic job in her new role. Her appointment - joining Tony and Sue on the Senate - really puts Southend University Hospital at the heart of decision-making for the region.

"In addition, being in the unique position of having three representatives on this panel also goes to prove how widely Southend Hospital is recognised as a centre of healthcare excellence."