Dr Cook will provide clinical leadership for NHS Kernow at a critical time in its history, as it moves into the new integrated care system (ICS) by next April, bringing together health and care services to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
He has been a member of NHS Kernow’s Governing Body since 2016, and is the clinical lead for adult mental health services.
Paul is passionate about good mental health, and for the past 10 years has been a driving force behind plans to ensure people can access high quality and safe services when needed. Under his leadership, he has embedded Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s integrated mental health strategy across the health and care system, and made sure people remember the person being supported, rather than organisational boundaries.
Confirming his appointment, Dr Cook said: “I am delighted to be appointed as NHS Kernow’s new chairman at this exciting moment in our history, and I am looking forward to realising our vision to create a joined-up health and care system that puts people’s needs at the heart of everything we do.
“I am really proud of NHS Kernow’s achievements, none more so than during the past year when the outstanding professionalism of everyone working across our NHS has enabled us to achieve the incredible milestone of vaccinating 250,000 of our most vulnerable residents, and frontline staff; and ensured people can continue to access vital services in primary and secondary care. I am determined to provide collaborative leadership that continues to put our staff, and the people we serve, at the heart of our work and decision-making, and that we remain focused on providing high quality and safe services for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”
Chairman Dr Iain Chorlton added: “Paul has worked as a GP in Cornwall for 20 years, and his extensive experience, and calm and level-headed approach will ensure we continue to put people’s health and wellbeing at the heart of our integration plans. I know he will be a great success.”
During the next 3 weeks, Drs Cook and Chorlton will work closely together to ensure a smooth and seamless handover of responsibilities.