Tuesday February 12, 2019
Introducing our new Executive Director for Allied Health Scientific and Technical, Dr Sarah Mitchell
The Bay of Plenty DHB is on an exciting journey of discovery with a real focus on integrated and person centred approaches with CARE values at its core and I believe Allied Health are central to ensuring the full realisation of our vision and commitment to Healthy Thriving Communities.
I’m excited to be a part of this journey and have been asked to write a few words by way of introduction to the organisation.
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1988 from Queens College Glasgow, completed a Masters in Sports Science in 1994 and a PhD in 2002 from Glasgow University. My PhD focused on rehabilitation post proximal femoral fracture.
I began my tenure with the Scottish Government in 2006 and led on various Allied Health policy initiatives including the National Musculoskeletal Programme and National Falls Prevention Programme. In 2013 I undertook the Institute Healthcare Improvement IA programme in Boston.
I’ve been with the DHB for nine months as Professional Lead for Physiotherapy and, during that time, have tried to ensure our services have a wellbeing, person directed focus.
Taking over the role of Executive Director for Allied Health Scientific and Technical from Martin Chadwick I undoubtedly have big shoes to fill but am relishing the challenge.