Rukshana was appointed as a Non Executive Director in July 2021. She is Barnardo’s first Director of Health, responsible for leading Barnardo’s transformation into a health and social care organisation. Barnardo’s delivers over 800 services nationally and has 158 health commissioned services from integrated child and family health hubs to early intervention community mental health services.
Rukshana is a nurse and has extensive expertise in transforming health services and leading equality initiatives in the NHS using patient/user/carer led coproduction whole system methodologies. Some of the outcomes of her research have led to PALS services being introduced in every hospital, Patient Choice in primary care and patient profiling to address health inequalities. She has experience of managing partnerships to improve healthcare and most recently was Chair of IBDUK, a collaboration of 17 professional bodies, such as the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, GPs, Physicians, Nursing, patient organisations and patients to coproduce IBD standards into a digital interface for multidisciplinary teams and patients to assess services independently to affect local change.
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