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New Chair for SPPC

Rami Okasha has been elected as the new Chair of SPPC. Rami succeeds Annabel Howell who has completed a 6-year stint as Chair.

In his day job Rami is Chief Executive of Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), having originally joined CHAS as Director of Transformation and Innovation. Prior to joining CHAS, Rami was Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement at the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s largest scrutiny and improvement body. There, he was responsible for leading the Care Inspectorate’s improvement support activities across the care sector, and directed approaches to scrutiny methodology, intelligence, organisational development, corporate reporting, involving people who experience care in decisions, communications and policy development. He co-led the development of Scotland’s Health and Social Care Standards, working with people who use and provide care to ensure these are outcomes-focused, based on human rights and wellbeing, and person-led. Rami is also a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Scotland Committee and is responsible for advising the Commission on its work in Scotland.

Speaking after his election by SPPC's Council Rami said,

"It is an extraordinary honour and privilege, both personally and professionally, to have been chosen as the Chair of the SPPC Council and to succeed Dr Annabel Howell. Put simply, the SPPC is an amazing organisation which exists in order to improve people’s experiences of living with declining health, death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. The team in the SPPC are passionate about what they do, working with health and care professionals and also the Scottish public. I have seen first-hand the difference the organisation makes through its unique cross-sector, multi professional network approach. As Chair of the SPPC, I am looking forward to working with member organisations, stakeholders, SPPC staff and the Council to realise SPPC’s ambition to ensure that Scotland will be a place where people are supported throughout bereavement, their wellbeing is supported even as their health declines and fundamentally, that people die well."

SPPC Chief Executive Mark Hazelwood said,

"I'm delighted to welcome Rami to the role of Chair, which involves leading SPPC's Council which oversees and guides all of our work. Rami brings lots of relevant experience and perspectives which will be very valuable in ensuring that SPPC continues to maximise its impact. I'm really looking forward to working with Rami during what are challenging and important times for palliative care in Scotland."

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