Jane Townson to chair Care Provider Alliance

Dr Jane Townson

Homecare Association chief executive officer Dr Jane Townson will chair the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) for 2023/24.

The CPA is a coalition of national voices of adult social care providers in England. The role of chair rotates annually across each of its ten associations. Townson follows Nadra Ahmed, chief executive of the National Care Association, who served as the CPA’s chair for the past 12 months.

Townson has experience in the social care, health, housing, and technology sectors, including over four years as CEO of the Homecare Association. Before this, she worked for almost eight years as a board member and CEO of Somerset Care, delivering homecare, housing with care, supported living for people with disabilities, and operating 30 care homes.

‘Speaking with one voice is crucial as we seek to influence important agendas, including integrated care, sustainable funding, and growth and development of our workforce,’ Townson said. ‘I look forward to continuing our work with fellow CPA members, policymakers, commissioners, and those who draw on services over the coming year.’

Ahmed added: ‘It has been a privilege to work with such an amazing group of dedicated people and lead the CPA over the last 12 months. We’ve seen some genuinely important developments – such as the development of the integrated care systems learning network for health and social care partners and welcoming the Care Association Alliance as our newest member.

‘I know that Jane has the energy, tenacity, and knowledge to take the alliance forward as we tackle ongoing challenges – including the build up to a likely election in 2024 when social care will be a high on the political agenda.’