Experienced nurse leader Tricia D’Orsi, has been appointed Director of Nursing-designate of the new Integrated Care Board (ICB) of Norfolk and Waveney’s Integrated Care System (ICS).

Tricia DOrsi 2Welcoming the appointment, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive Officer-designate of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, said:

“I am delighted to have appointed Tricia as our Director of Nursing-designate. Tricia really impressed the interview panel with her extensive experience, placing a strong and innovative focus on people, communities, as well as health and care services.

“Tricia will play a vital leadership role as we seize this exciting opportunity to transform and integrate health and care services for the benefit of over 1 million people in Norfolk and Waveney.”

This is the latest post appointed on the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board.

Having originally trained at St Thomas’, Tricia joined South Essex Primary Care Trust as Clinical Education Lead in 2010 following her work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in General Practice, specialising in diabetes care. In 2012 Tricia became chief nurse at Castle Point and Rochford CCG and held the role jointly with Southend CCG from 2018.

Passionate about nursing and elevating the voice of patients, Tricia has over 30 years of nursing experience and is a keen advocate for communities experiencing health inequalities and in particular those with learning disabilities.

Most recently she has held the senior appointment of Alliance Director for south East Essex, as part of the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System, where she has been a key driver of better health outcomes for the local population and is hugely respected for her knowledge and dedication to the NHS and wider partnership working.

Tricia D’Orsi, said: “I am delighted to be taking up the position of Director of Nursing-designate at the Norfolk and Waveney ICB.

“I am committed to putting our patients, people and communities of Norfolk and Waveney first. It’s vital that the health and care system works together to improve patient care and experience across the system.

“I am really excited by this opportunity, and looking forward to working with colleagues, patients, people and communities and partner organisations as we enter a new phase of the NHS and social care.”

The appointment was made after an open and competitive recruitment and assessment process, which included a multi-organisation stakeholder panel. Tricia will start her new role on 29 June 2022.

The NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) will be the NHS organisation with responsibility for planning to meet local health needs, allocating resources, ensuring that services are in place to deliver against ambitions, and overseeing delivery of improved outcomes for the people of Norfolk and Waveney.

Tackling inequalities in health outcomes, the ICB will be part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System, working with partners in local government, the voluntary sector and others and helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

The ICB will be one of two new statutory bodies in the Norfolk and Waveney ICS, the other being a new Integrated Care Partnership that will bring together the NHS, local government, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and other partners to focus on prevention, wider social and economic factors affecting people’s health and reducing health inequalities.