I am very pleased to be a lay member of the Healthwatch Board and use my career experience working in the NHS and working with many organisations that support health and social care.
I started my career as a radiographer in Sheffield and closely involved in major advances in diagnostic techniques such as ultrasound, CT, MRI and digital x-ray. This experience highlighted the difficulties the NHS has in investing in and maximising the use of such expensive equipment. I then moved in to health information and financial resource management work and finally change management across the Scarborough & Ryedale area.
This involved working with GP's, hospitals, local government, police, ambulance, voluntary sector, education, local retailers and fire service to improve hospital discharge and preventative action for older people and to reduce alcohol related attendances to hospitals, this gave an invaluable insight into the inter-dependency of each in improving health and wellbeing.
I am passionate about patient choice and that health professionals recognise the importance of patient centred care. I am a member of our GP practice Patient Participation Group, CCG Patient Representation Group, Parish Councillor and Basics Plus management board. I am also heavily involved with building community and volunteer links across the Derwent Valley area through the BRIDGE Community Resource Centre based in West Ayton.