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 a member of my Practices’ PPG and I chair the East Staffordshire District PPG 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 physical 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 first became involved in patient participation following early retirement in April 2009. I joined my local Practice Patient Forum and have been active in assisting with the growth of the Forum and its relationship with the patients it represents, the surgery partners and staff. I am totally committed to this work, along with the Forum representation on the District Engagement Group, and will give the same commitment to my role on the Patient Board. John is currently the Vice Chair of the Patient Board, as well as the East Staffordshire District Patient Engagement Group.
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.
Graham worked in the IT industry for 37 years, initially for Allied Breweries, then later for HP. Since retiring Graham has taken a keen interest in Health and was elected as an East Staffs Public Governor for the Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust in 2016. Since becoming a Governor, he has spent a lot of time reviewing the merger with Derby Teaching Hospital Trust to ensure that the change will benefit patients. In 2017 Graham became Deputy Lead Governor at the Trust. Graham plays for Burton Hockey Club and is now in his 38th season playing for the club.
He is a a member of Burton Athletic Club and coaches young athletes in distance running as well as managing the clubs Veteran athletics team. Graham is membership Secretary of Midlands Masters Athletics Club and Vice Chairman of the Midlands Veteran Athletics League In 2016, Graham ran in the World Masters Athletic championships in Perth, Australia.
Ian lives in Burton on Trent and helped to care for his 20 year old daughter Melissa after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in August 2007. Following her death in May 2008, Ian has used his experience to help others. Ian speaks to health professionals across the country on improving the quality of end of life care and bereavement support. He was appointed Community Engagement Officer at St. Giles Hospice in July 2013 and has successfully developed an Understanding Bereavement workshop which he has delivered to organisations and businesses across the Midlands. He is a People in Partnership Member of the National Council for Palliative Care and a Dying Matters Champion. Ian also facilitates the bereavement workshops for NCPC’s Compassionate Employers Programme.
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.