East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) Patient Board is key to making sure patients can give feedback about their treatment and have a say in changes to health services.
It is made up of people who have a real desire to see health services improve and have a track record of involvement with health issues.
Members give a voice to all patients, including vulnerable groups who need most support from the NHS.
Most board members are involved with a local voluntary organisation, condition support group or their GP Surgery PPG.
The Patient Board members commit to spending around 50 hours per year including attending meetings and undertaking other work.
I am the Chair of Trent Meadows Surgery Patient Participation Group. I believe in patient engagement and understanding. I have worked in Social Care and Hospitals for over 40 years. I am an expert by experience in Dementia care and am involved in the promotion of Carers health.
I have been a Foster Carer, working with adolescents. This made me interested in teenage health problems and pregnancy. I am also knowledgeable about and involved with Armed Forces mental health issues, anticoagulation therapy, undiagnosed heart conditions and learning disabilities. I am also a member of the Advisory Group for Healthwatch.
I have worked for Burton & District Mind since 2001 and have been Centre Manager since 2011. My background is counselling and I come into contact with service users on a daily basis.
I have a special interest in mental health provision and its influence on pysical health and wellbeing. I have 3 children, live and work locally and would like to see our health services match the diverse needs of our local community.
I have worked at Age UK Burton since September 2013, firstly as a Home Support Manager and more recently as Chief Officer. Prior to this I worked for over 20 years at our local hospital as a medical secretary to a surgeon. During my time in the NHS I saw enormous changes in the structure of the NHS and had first-hand experience of the challenges and frustrations patients encounter when they become part of a target to fulfil a contract instead of a real person with medical concerns that need to be addressed. I am passionate about the health and well-being of our older community and would like to bring their voice to the Patient Participation Board.
Burton YMCA provide a range of community programmes for young people, vulnerable homeless, and families in crisis. The Charity also operates four furniture enterprises across the district. Paul as Chief Executive of the YMCA since 1999 passionately believes in meeting the diverse health needs of vulnerable people. As a Volunteer Director for a number of Charities, Governor of a local school, public speaker at Voluntary and Business Forums, Paul hopes to bring new experience to the work of the CCG and Patient Board. He believes many more people especially those that are vulnerable and marginalised can and should have a voice on how the NHS of the future develops and meets their needs.
I have 12 years experience of senior management and governance with housing associations, 10 of which have been in the position of Chair of three multi-million pound housing associations. I also have 6 years experience of working as a trustee in the charitable sector with Harvey Girls, Vice Chair of Wetmore Road Patient Participation Group, School Governor, Parish Councillor and Borough Councillor.
I am very passionate about patient and public involvement and wholeheartedly believe that by placing the patient at the centre of the decision making process this not only makes sense but reaps untold benefits in the long run.
I have worked as Operations Manager (South) for Support Staffordshire since March 2015 having responsibility for services in East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Cannock and Lichfield.
Support Staffordshire is a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation, supporting community and organisational development, advancing individual social action and volunteering for all, and convening across organisations and collaborating with a collective voice.
I have worked in the voluntary sector for the last 20 years managing various projects, including the Let’s Work together project, and being involved in local partnerships. I am also a member of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG Patient Council Group and work with Healthwatch as Support Staffordshire’s Healthwatch Champion.
Chris is a Pharmaceutical Business Director with a successful career in pharmaceuticals spanning over 30 years. More recently, in the last 5 years, Chris has developed his own business, supporting and advising organisations on health care.
As well as his professional achievements, Chris has successfully set up and established a residents group in his home town. This residents association has been recognised nationally as a model of best practice.
Chris is a committed advocate of public and patient involvement, and is looking forward to building on the existing excellent work which has taken place in East Staffordshire.
Burton Albion Community Trust, (BACT), is a registered charity and an award winning organisation. BACT delivers programmes across 5 main themes: Participation, Social Inclusion, Disability, Education and Health.
As the Health and Inclusion Manager I am responsible for a number of projects within BACT. Our projects are accessed by young people and adult members of a wide number community groups.
I am looking forward to being a member of the patient board to be able to use the skills I have to ensure there is a patient focus to all the work we do. I live locally and grew up in Burton. I am passionate about its people and hope I can engage, inspire and educate those I come into contact with.