Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Trust in 2012, Joe Rafferty was Director of Commissioning Support at the NHS Commissioning Board; having national responsibility for the design and delivery of a significant component of the Liberating the NHS commissioning reforms.
Before this, Joe was seconded from his Chief Executive role at NHS Central Lancashire to become Director of Commissioning Development for NHS North West, leading the development of commissioning reforms across the region.
Other Board level roles Joe has held include Chief Executive of NHS Central Lancashire, Regional Director of Commissioning & Strategy for NHS North West, Executive Director of Strategy for NHS North West, Executive Director of Performance in Cumbria & Lancashire SHA and Director of System Reform at Bolton Hospital NHS Trust.
He was recently named number 9 in the HSJ Top 50 Chief Executives Awards list and included in the HSJ’s list of 100 most influential people in health.
Joe has been championing Expert by Experience as a major driver for transformation.
Before joining the NHS, Joe had a successful career in cancer research, publishing over 50 Peer reviewed publications.