Experienced health professional appointed to spearhead Healthwatch Leeds

Tanya Matilainen joins Healthwatch Leeds as its director to drive forward the city’s health and social care watchdog.

Tanya Matilainen

With a 20 year NHS career spanning both patient care and health service governance, Tanya trained as a nurse in her native Finland and worked in the Middle East, before settling in the UK. She has a Masters in Health Services from The University of Leeds.  

Tanya's background

Tanya, joins Healthwatch Leeds following five years of NHS board level roles, most recently as Director of Quality at Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

A former Community Health Council Chief Officer in North Yorkshire, Tanya has particular expertise in developing and working with volunteers and lay members. Tanya said:

“I am committed to Healthwatch Leeds’ vision of ensuring that the people of Leeds have a strong voice on local health and social care services. My priority is to build on the important work already started with communities across the city, to drive up standards where necessary and to highlight best practice.”  

What Healthwatch Leeds does

Healthwatch Leeds has authority to ‘enter and view’ frontline services in all local hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes where they can investigate the concerns of patients, carers and staff.  

A team of staff and volunteers from Healthwatch Leeds is currently conducting surveys at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments at St James and Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) to find out why people are visiting and how long they are waiting to be seen.  

The consumer champion is also targeting specific areas of the city with a Health Bus which members of the public can visit to highlight concerns and share experiences of health and social care in the city. They also have the opportunity to have blood pressure tests and preventative checks for diabetes.  For further information www.healthwatchleeds.co.uk