Health and wellbeing
Kate Mitchell (BMedSci Hons MRCSLT MSc) is Programme Lead for Long Term Conditions at NHS Cornwall. Her role has responsibility for the commissioning, demand profiling, design, purchasing and monitoring of health and social care services for long term conditions across Cornwall. Recent developments include a transformational programme to re-design community services for people who are frail with complex needs.
Previously, Kate was Joint Dementia Programme Manager for the Council and NHS, responsible for the local implementation of the National Dementia Strategy. This included the design and performance management of all the services established for people living with dementia across the County.
Kate qualified and registered as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1993. She worked as an NHS therapist in Cornwall for the next 15 years, the latter 8 as the county’s specialist in adult acquired language disorders. She has a breadth of experience working with adults with speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders and has a passion for ensuring that those who can not communicate for themselves have a voice and a means to express themselves. Kate subsequently worked for the communication disability charity, Connect for 2 years working as a Project Manager initially developing, implementing and evaluating peer support groups for people with the acquired communication disability, aphasia. This included establishing new community based services such as befriending and conversation groups. Latterly, she worked as the charity’s South West Development Manager developing new services across the region.
Kate has also been a Trustee for West Cornwall Mind for 4 years and is keen to ensure that the stigma surrounding mental health and individuals who experience it is removed. She has a strong belief that peer support community interventions such as mentoring, befriending and social groups can have considerable positive impact on an individual’s self esteem, life quality, allowing them to re-connect with life.