Two new Project Managers, Jan Connett and Oliver Watson, have this week joined the Bristol Health Partners core team. They will be working closely with Health Integration Team (HIT) Directors, and clinical and academic colleagues, to plan and deliver the HIT programmes. They will also play a lead role in the planning, development and delivery of the Bristol Health Partners strategic work programmes.
Oliver joins us from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, where he was giving policy advice to higher education institutions and managing a review of funding. He has also worked at the Medical Schools Council Group, where his role was in giving policy advice and project management support to members. He has a Masters from the University of Bristol in Social and Cultural Theory and his first degree was in Social Policy at the University of York. And in his spare time he loves to walk and play music: at the moment, he's (slowly) trying to learn to play the banjo!
Jan has recently worked for Bristol Public Health, co-ordinating the city's Dementia Inclusion Programme, finding ways to break down the stigma and barriers that dementia can cause for people. Jan has co-led the Dementia Friendly Communities workstream of the Dementia HIT for the last two years, and she is looking forward to applying similar collaborative approaches to new areas of work for Bristol Health Partners. She has arrived at this point in her career via teaching, production engineering, community development, adult social care - and building a house - giving her plenty of perspectives on which to draw.
We welcome them both to the team!