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.
Jane spent much of her career working in Customer Services for large organisations in both retail and financial management. In 2010, after moving from Suffolk, Jane decided she wanted to give something back to the community and joined the Age UK Home Support Service.
In 2011 Jane secured the newly created post of Information and Advice Officer with Age UK. Over the past 6 years this post has grown from 16 hours a week to a full time post supported by 5 volunteers. The team spend a lot of time giving information and advice at local practices and at a range of locations in the community. In 2017 Jane became Head of Community Services, and joint lead at Age UK Burton.
Jane believes that older members of our communities have a huge voice which could be used to shape and improve local services. Jane is keen to amplify this voice.
As someone living with a chronic long term condition Jane also has a personal interest in local healthcare.
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.
In 2012, Ian was an Olympic Torchbearer.
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.