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The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the appointment of Mr Hussein Patwa as a Member of Grampian NHS Board.
Hussein Patwalives in Aberdeen and brings to the board rich and varied experience of inequality, disadvantage, use of NHS services and strategic focus as a result of lifelong visual impairment and chronic health conditions. He has an MSc with distinction in Business Management, Innovation and Change and a BSc in Internet Information Systems. Hussein has extensive experience working in the transport sector with the Scottish Government and service operators as a former member of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS); and of technology as a practicing independent accessibility consultant with a specific focus on inclusive design and usability. He is an active volunteer in groups and panels focused on sight loss, tackling poverty and improving mental health services, amongst others. Hussein is co-chair of the Aberdeen City Council Disability Equity Partnership, served on the National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain and is a patient partner in health research projects with Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Aberdeen. In his spare time Hussein is a competitive air rifle shooter and enjoys reading and DIY.
The appointment is for four years, from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2027.
The appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.
The appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £9,030 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.
Other ministerial appointments
Mr Hussein does not hold any other public appointments.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.
Mr Hussein has had no political activity within the last five years.
Through hospital and local based services, NHS Grampian is responsible for meeting the health needs of the half-million population spread over 3,000 square miles of city, town, village and rural communities. Since April 2016 NHS Grampian’s fully integrated Health and Social Care Partnerships became fully operational across their three Local Authority areas of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray and NHS Grampian works closely with the three Integration Joint Boards covering these areas. NHS Grampian is also very closely linked with both the University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University, especially in the fields of research, workforce planning and training.