Chairman: PROFESSOR MIKE BEWICK
Professor Bewick brings a wealth of experience to CECOPS, having worked as a GP for many years and as an executive board Medical Director. He has held senior positions in strategy development and commissioning in Primary and Secondary Care. He was also Deputy Medical Director to Sir Bruce Keogh at NHS England.
Professor Bewick has wide-ranging experience including planning, commissioning and providing services, leading clinical and management teams on a local, regional and national basis, and advising on policy for NHS England to the Secretary of State and Government Ministers.
In his role at a national level he developed a significant interest in quality and safety; initially while conducting several of the Keogh reviews and then in promoting incident reporting in Primary Care.
He acts as a mentor to several clinical entrepreneurs as part of the national programme and sees the value of developing standards in the application of technologies in health and care.
Professor Bewick is enthusiastic about becoming involved with CECOPS as he understands the role assistive technology has (e.g. digital health, telecare, wheelchair services) in supporting people to live independently, manage their own care, and in helping governments and organisations meet a range of strategic objectives.
Professor Bewick says:
“I am excited by my appointment as CECOPS’ Chair. Getting the right assistive technology in a timely way supports many strategic and policy objectives, both nationally and internationally, and this is the key aim of CECOPS with its standards and accreditation scheme. I am particularly impressed that the work of CECOPS covers planning, commissioning and delivery of all assistive technology services across all sectors. CECOPS is unique in offering assessment of organisational readiness, sharing good practice, scaling up and driving continuous improvement.