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This week we said a final goodbye to our Patient Group Development Manager, Libbie. Libbie has been working at Findacure for the past four years but is moving on in pursuit of a new challenge. Next month she will start her new position as a Graduate Analyst at the Care Quality Commission in Newcastle.

In today’s blog, Libbie shares her favourite moments at Findacure and some more details about her new role. We hope you’ll join us in wishing her the best for her future adventures.

What did you enjoy most about working at Findacure?

That is a very difficult question to answer because there are far too many things to list! Though if I had to name one project, it would probably be our annual peer mentoring programme. Through it, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know some of the most courageous, passionate and friendly people I’ve ever met. While I had a very small part to play, it was wonderful to celebrate their successes with them.


Can you tell us more about your new role?

In my new role, I will be working as a Graduate Analyst in the Strategy and Intelligence Directorate at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They monitor and inspect services to ensure they are providing safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and they suggest ways services can improve. I will be responsible for analysing data collected through monitoring and inspections to show where services are performing well and how they can be improved. I’m very excited for the new challenge!


Will you take anything that you learned at Findacure into your new role?

There’ll be plenty that I take from my current role into my new one. More than anything, I think understanding the impact low standards of care have on people’s lives will be very motivating in my new role, and it will provide a framework for my analysis. Through Findacure, I’ve also learned how to be professionally friend, how to be empathetic rather than sympathetic, and how to deal with competing priorities, all of which will come in useful in my new role.


You’ve been living Cambridge for the past seven years. What will you miss most about it? What won’t you miss?

Oooh there are too many things I’ll miss about Cambridge! Cycling through town on a sunny day, feasting on poutine at Bread and Meat, chilling in the city’s parks, BBQs at my in-laws and playing football with the world’s most welcoming team, Cambridge Rangers, are all up there. However, I will certainly not miss almost crashing my bike into wandering pedestrians or inpatient taxi drivers – I have had too many close calls to count!


Any final words?

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made my time at Findacure so special, and in particular, all my friends and family members who have taken part in our skydives and half marathons. You have no idea how much it meant to me and I will never forget the lengths you were willing to go to help me and Findacure out!

I would also like to wish any rare disease patient group reading this the very best for their future journeys. Your versatility and ability to keep moving forward in the face of adversity is truly inspiring, and you deserve everything positive that comes your way. I’m really keen to stay updated with how you’re getting on so I’ll be keeping my eye out on Twitter!

And, finally, I cannot thank my fantastic Findacure team enough for their support and friendship over the past four years. You have all been truly wonderful and dedicated people to work with and I am going to miss you so much.

Goodbye from Libbie, our outgoing Patient Group Development Manager

by Libbie Read time to read: 3 min