Farewell, Jo York

At the end of this month, we will say goodbye to Health and Care Portsmouth’s Place Director, Jo York, who will sadly be leaving us on 30 November.

Jo joined the NHS in 1998, with most of her career in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. She’s had roles in Quality, Clinical Governance and Urgent Care, as well as managing the Better Care Fund and being responsible for establishing the first integrated commissioning unit between the NHS and Portsmouth City Council in 2009. She was instrumental in the development of Health and Care Portsmouth in 2015 and has been Managing Director since 2021. Within the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board (ICB), Jo is also the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICB senior lead for Pharmacy, Optometry and Dentistry.

After more than 25 years in the industry, Jo is leaving to spend more time with her family.

Jo said:

“I am very sad to be leaving a fantastic team of colleagues and friends and this was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but I feel that now is the right time to take a step back.

“We have a wonderful, committed and passionate team of people in Portsmouth, and I know I’m leaving Health and Care Portsmouth in safe hands. I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved, and continue to achieve, and want to thank everyone for their continued support for our residents.”

Dr Linda Collie, Clinical Director for Portsmouth at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, said:

“Under Jo’s leadership, Health and Care Portsmouth has achieved so much. Her approach to integrated partnership working has enhanced relationships and improved outcomes for our residents. She is passionate, caring and hard-working, and we are sad to see her go. I would like to thank Jo for her outstanding leadership of Health and Care Portsmouth over the past three years and wish her the best of luck in the future.”

Dan Gibbs, Chief Delivery Officer at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, said:

“It has been a real privilege working alongside Jo. Not only is she a wonderful colleague, an exemplar values-driven leader and agent of transformational change, Jo is also a vital source of wise counsel on whom I have relied greatly. We will miss Jo profoundly and I am sure all reading this will join me in wishing her well for the future.”

Jo’s final day will be 30 November 2023.