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Jo Fitzgerald

Lived Experience Lead
IPC Programmes, NHS England (Confirmed)

Jo is the Lived Experience Lead for the PHB and IPC Programmes.

Her role recognises the importance of co-producing and co-designing IPC and PHB and raising the voice of people with lived experience at a national, regional and local level. Jo’s life was profoundly transformed when her eldest son, Mitchell, was born in 1992 with a severe learning disability and complex health needs.

The experience of being Mitchell’s mum has largely influenced the direction of her life; it has shaped her beliefs, values and life choices. Mitchell became one of the first people in England to have a personal health budget which enabled him to live at home and lead a full life until his death in March, 2015. 

Jo is a qualified counsellor and was awarded an MA with distinction from the University of Manchester in 2008.