The Independent Care Group has appointed a new Chief Executive to steer the organisation through the “choppy waters” of 2023.
John Pattinson has today been announced as the new Chief Executive with immediate effect.
Since December 2021, John has been the ICG’s Operations Director and prior to that spent many years with the NHS.
ICG Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “We are delighted to appoint John as our new Chief Executive and look forward to working with him to take the ICG forward and help steer the organisation and its members through what we expect to be the choppy waters of 2023 and beyond.
“John has been an excellent operations director since he joined us and has played a key role in restructuring and growing the ICG in that time. He has a wealth of experience and we are confident he is well-positioned to guide us through the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
Mr Pattinson’s appointment follows the departure of previous chief executive Nick Swash, who has left the ICG to pursue fresh opportunities.
Mr Padgham added: “Nick did a fantastic job for the ICG over the past year, picking up the baton during the back end of the Covid pandemic and providing vital support for members whilst beginning the task of growing and developing the ICG for the future. We thank him for that and wish him every success in the future.
“Nick put in great new foundations for the ICG and we now look forward to John and the team building upon those in the months and years to come.”
The ICG is stepping up its campaigning in the coming year, looking to get urgent reform for the social care sector.
“The social care sector is going through its toughest period in more than 30 years and our members need our support and they need us to raise the voice of social care and campaign for a fairer deal,” Mr Padgham added.
“Our goals for 2023 are to keep up the pressure on the Government, seek further meetings with the minister and secretary of state and lobby hard for change.
“At the same time, we want to keep growing the ICG because a strong, unified and representative voice is vital if we are to continue to get our message across in the coming year.”
The ICG is always looking to recruit new members in York and North Yorkshire. It welcomes applications from care providers including care homes, domiciliary care agencies, supported living and extra care housing providers, and day care centres in the private and voluntary parts of the independent sector.
For more information visit www.independentcaregroup.co.uk
The ICG last year published its Five Pillars of Social Care Reform document which sets out what it believes are the actions required to save the sector.
The five pillars are:
- Ring fence a percentage of GDP to be spent on providing social care to those who already receive it and the 1.6m who can’t get it
- Create a unified National Care Service, incorporating health and social care
- Set a National Minimum Wage per hour for care staff on a par with NHS
- Set up an urgent social care task force to oversee reform
- Fix a ‘fair price for care’ cost per bed and cost per homecare visit.