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Former nursing director to lead regional mental health charity

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Karen Wilson has been appointed as the new managing director of the charity Alternative Futures Group, which is based in the North West.

The charity, whose head office is on Merseyside, supports more than 1,200 people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. It provides support in the community, either in peoples own homes or in one of eight specialist centres.

Ms Wilson has more than 15 years’ experience as an NHS manager, her most recent role being as executive director of nursing at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.

Prior to that, she was chief executive of Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and has also been director of nursing at both Mersey Care NHS Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Speaking about her new role, Ms Wilson said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to contribute personally and meaningfully to the organisations ambitious plans for the future.

“I was really struck by the organisations ambition and it is so positively different from what I have experienced before,” she said.

Ms Wilson highlighted that the charity had “caring and mindful approach to the way it conducts its business” and a focus on “delivering person-centred care”, which she said was aligned with her own values.

Neil Campbell, chief executive of Alternative Futures Group, said his organisation was focused on putting the people we support in control of their lives.

“Karen’s skills and experience and the talented team around her ensure we are well placed to continue providing a high level of support to our service users,” he said.

 

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