Patient group umbrella organisation National Voices has appointed a new chief executive.

Jeremy Taylor was previously executive director of environmental regeneration charity Groundwork East London.

National Voices was set up a year ago and has about 200 national voluntary health and social care organisations as members.

Mr Taylor said it would set out a “clear agenda” for making care more user-centred ahead of the general election next year.

He said: “Health and social care shaped by the needs of patients, users and carers results in better outcomes, a better user experience and better value for money.

“Policy and practice now recognise this much more than in the past, but we are far from having a genuinely user-centred service.”

Mr Taylor was previously a deputy director in the public services directorate at the Treasury.

He said National Voices would campaign for stronger user voice mechanisms, improved services for those with long term, rare and complex conditions, and social care reform. 

Mr Taylor said: “This is a pivotal time to be championing the interests of patients, service users and carers.

“I am looking forward to working with National Voices’ members, the government and the political parties to ensure that we can make a reality of user-centred care.”