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St Helena : St Helena: NEW DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 13.08.2013 (Article Archived on 10.09.2013)

Working in the Health Service since 1972, David Jenkins has taken on the role as the new Director of Health and Social Welfare on St Helena. David, who has previously been registered as a nurse, has a range of experience in different settings in the Health field. Previously working as Hospital Director at North Yorkshire’s, Northallerton Hospital and before coming to St Helena David was the Director of Health and Social Services on the Falkland Islands for three and a half years.





NEW
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE



 



 Working in the Health
Service since 1972, David Jenkins has taken on the role as the new Director of
Health and Social Welfare on St Helena. David, who has previously been
registered as a nurse, has a range of experience in different settings in the
Health field. Previously working as Hospital Director at North Yorkshire’s,
Northallerton Hospital and before coming to St Helena David was the Director of
Health and Social Services on the Falkland Islands for three and a half years.

 



David commented:



 



“I have direct experience
of working in small communities and understand the challenges they face. Being
a Hospital Director previously in the United Kingdom, I took forward strategic
operational development and corporate assurance for the Strategic Health Authority.
I am able to take from these experiences relevant skills to implement an
Operational Performance Management system in the Health Service on St Helena. A
system that links to clinical performance and risk management that can stand
the test of time well after my departure.”



 



With 216 staff, the Health and
Social Welfare Director is also in charge of Primary Secondary and Community
care. Within the healthcare system, David has already indentified some
improvements he wishes to implement during his contract - the development of
clinical training and diagnostic support systems, the expansion of telemedicine
and linkages with specialists in the UK.



 



One of the major difficulties
identified by David is the requirement for Clinical Staff to be competent in a
wide range of specialities – and the training of staff who have indicated they
welcome changes in improving their output.



David said:



 



“No one person can take the
Health Service forward. I will be talking to all staff regarding their opinion
on improvements in delivering a more efficient service. I will also be holding
future Public Meetings to engage with the community. The changes in the
Directorate will not happen overnight but will be rolled out over a period of
time. These changes will be challenging but I am excited to be implementing
them and moving the Healthcare service forward.”



(David Jenkins picture attached)



SHG



9 August 2013



 

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