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Former health minister Paul Burstow joins MHP

Will provide strategic advice and support to itsclients and staff

MHP Health Paul Burstow Rachel Rowson
MHP Communications' Rachel Rowson and Paul Burstow

MHP Communications has added former UK health minister Paul Burstow to its roster of advisers in a role that will see him provide strategic advice and support to its clients and staff.

Burstow was minister of state for health between 2010 and 2012, and MP for Sutton and Cheam until this years' election.

He joins other senior MHP advisers, including ex-Home Secretary Charles Clarke and former BIS and Defra Permanent Secretary Sir Brian Bender, and will work primarily with the agency's Health practice.

Rachel Rowson, head of health at MHP Communications, said: “Paul is an experienced, knowledgeable and well-respected figure within the health and care community, so I am thrilled that he will be working as an advisor to our industry-leading team.

“The rapidly changing health and social care environment poses complex challenges for our clients so having a fresh communications approach combining policy, media and campaigning is vital.”

During his time at the Department of Health Burstow focused particularly on care services with a brief that included care for the elderly, adult social care, mental health and learning disability programmes.

He has also chaired two major independent commissions on mental health and on the future of residential care and is currently leading the Right Place, Right Time Commission for NHS Providers examining transfers of care. 

Burstow said: “I am delighted to be working with MHP. Their style of working and problem solving approach is pragmatic and refreshing.

“The team really puts patients at the heart of what they do, bringing together a range of stakeholders helping us to understand how we can create a more sustainable health system in this country.”

29th September 2015

From: Marketing

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