Mental health chief is presented with OBE


The Chair of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to the people of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, was presented with an OBE yesterday at a special ceremony.

Joyce Catterick was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s 2009 New Year Honours list in January this year for her services to the Citizens Advice Bureau and to the people of West Yorkshire. Her award was presented to her by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe.

Joyce was an active member of the Calderdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau Trustee Board, serving as Chair for 10 years and an advisor for over 20 years. She sat on the Trustee Board of National Citizen’s Advice for 6 years, until September last year. From 2002-2008 Joyce was also Chair of Calderdale PCT, leading on the planning & provision of NHS services in the borough.

Joyce has been Chair of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for nearly two years and is responsible for leading the organisation and ensuring it provides good quality health services within the resources available.

The Trust is the main provider of mental health services and specialist health services for people with a learning disability for Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield districts and is also a major provider of NHS medium secure services for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities for the Yorkshire region. The Trust serves a local population of 900,000 people.

Joyce said, “I am very proud to receive an OBE. The Citizens Advice Bureau is an excellent resource for local people and I thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the valuable work it does. The presentation ceremony was the perfect opportunity for me to share this accolade with my family, friends and colleagues and for me to pay tribute to them for all their support."

Lord Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe said, "OBE’s are awarded to those who make exceptional contributions to their local community, which is exactly what Joyce has done. Joyce is dedicated and humbling in her approach to her work and thoroughly deserves this honour."

Chief executive of the Trust, Steven Michael said, "Joyce has a passion for empowering local people to influence the development of health services and her partnership working with other organisations has made a huge impact in the development of mental health and learning disability services. She is a truly deserving recipient of this award."

Mental health chief is presented with OBE

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