NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar yesterday (Monday January 25) welcomed Nick Fayers to Stornoway as he takes on the role of Chief Officer of the Western Isles Integration Joint Board (IJB).    

Formerly a senior manager with 14 years’ experience in NHS and Social Care, his background spans operational management both in acute and community provision, commissioning and tertiary hospital delivery.

Latterly employed at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, in the northwest of England, Nick also brings to his new role experience of service evaluation and redesign, and workforce planning and development.

Nick said: “I look forward to be meeting, albeit virtually at present, my new colleagues and drawing on their significant experience.  Initially I plan to take time to understand the needs of the diverse communities whilst developing a strategy for Health and Social Care with the Integration Joint Board. 

"Whilst this is a strange time for us all during this pandemic, I'm very much looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and making things happen.

NHSWI Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson, and CnES Chief Executive Malcolm Burr, jointly stated: “We are delighted to welcome Nick as IJB Chief Officer. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in both health and social care planning and delivery, as well as some great ideas and enthusiasm for improving our local services. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.”