New Chair For The Patient And Client Council

4th March 2019

On Thursday we said a fond farewell to our friend and colleague Professor Maureen Edmondson, who has chaired the Board of the Patient and Client Council for the last 8 years.  Over that time the Health and Social Care landscape in Northern Ireland has changed considerably and we would like to thank her for her steadfast commitment in promoting co-production and effective involvement of the public during her time here with us.

Taking over the reins as Chair is Christine Collins MBE.  Christine retired from the Civil Service in 2005 and since this time has immersed herself in the world of human rights, equality and advocacy; with a particular focus on those living with disability and/or rare disease.

Christine was the founding Chair of the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership; and a Patient Public Voice representative on the UK Rare Disease Advisory Group from its inception until April 2018. She is a Northern Ireland Member of the UK Rare Disease Forum.  Christine has been involved in rare disease for many years and is actively involved in the development and implementation of both the UK and Northern Ireland Rare Disease plans.

Christine was a Commissioner at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from 2011 to 2017.

She is currently a member of the Duty of Candour Work Stream, part of the Inquiry into Hyponatremia Related Deaths Implementation programme.

Christine’s extensive experience of championing the rights and involvement of patients will add considerable value to her appointment and we look forward to working together to continue the work of the PCC.