North London Partners in health and care
Dr Josephine Sauvage

Dr Josephine Sauvage
Chair Islington CCG

Starting her medical career training at UCLH, over the years Jo has worked in most of our local hospitals. She also spent a number of years working as a community paediatrician before becoming a GP. Establishing her south Islington practice 17 years ago with partner Dr Katie Coleman; living and working as a GP in North Central London has given Jo a grounded understanding of the day-to-day issues faced by those using and working in our healthcare system.

Since then, she has continued to work at the practice in City Road whilst joining Islington CCG, initially as Joint Vice-Chair (again with Katie) and now as Chair. She continues to work as a GP and is a trainer and educator of trainee doctors and GPs. A strategic clinical leader in Islington since 2009, she works collaboratively with partners to create links between people and organisations and improve patient care.

In her role as Co-Chair of the Clinical Cabinet, Jo works with fellow clinicians and local authority partners to scrutinise, challenge and drive proposals aimed at improving health and care across the boroughs. Key to this is the need to ensure we provide high quality and safe services whilst achieving value.

With much of the plan’s transformational change based on a firm foundation in primary care, Jo’s role as Co-Chair has seen her draw on her extensive primary care and commissioning experience. Last year saw her involved in the development of the Case for Change, working closely with colleagues from across the health and social care system. The collaborative nature of the plan has made it more important than ever for those such as Jo to work together with colleagues at all levels.

Jo is clear that the Sustainability and Transformation Plan has been developed at pace and that it is important this story of change is both understood and owned. She emphasises that it is only by "coming together and articulating a clear and credible plan, will we achieve the transformation needed to improve care and quality and make local services better".