A look at the pressing issues facing the new Health and Social Care Secretary.
Julia was Chief Executive of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists from 2006 to 2021.
During this time the organisation achieved Royal status, significantly increased its profile with a range of stakeholders and membership grew to its highest number. Julia started her career as an Occupational therapist in the NHS. Having moved into social care, Julia’s career developed across a variety of roles and in 2001 she was seconded to the Department of Health.
Julia was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Brunel University in 2006 in recognition of her contribution to undergraduate Occupational Therapy education and was awarded a prestigious Social Care Fellowship from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), one of only 6 recipients of this Fellowship. In March 2016, Julia was awarded an inaugural Fellowship from Skills For Care, in recognition of her leadership and support of the social care workforce.
Julia is now a Trustee of Age UK and a mentor for the Elizabeth Casson Trusts and for other Allied Health Professionals.