I am one of the newest Healthwatch Champions and I joined the volunteer team in February 2019. I had previously assisted Healthwatch staff to undertake a patient survey in my own GP’s surgery in 2018 following a merger and enjoyed the experience so much I decided to become more involved.
Meeting people and capturing their views on local health care services was enjoyable, rewarding and informative and I look forward to a greater involvement as a volunteer with Healthwatch Sunderland.
I have been a member of the Patient Participation Group at my local GP surgery for almost three years and at the last meeting I volunteered to chair the re-established group with support from the practice manager. This is going to be quite a challenge for me but I am looking forward to taking the group forward and enabling our local community to access high quality GP services that meet the needs of people within the area.
My professional background is in Further and Higher Education, although I am now fully retired from salaried work. I have been married to my husband Frank for 35 years and we have two grown up children.
In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, mainly attending Pilates and aerobics classes, walking in the local coast and countryside with my husband, spending time and socialising with my family and friends and following local football. My football loyalties are split between Sunderland AFC and Spennymoor Town FC (who I have supported since I was a teenager!) I also sing with a community choir based at The Quaker Meeting House.
I am starting my Healthwatch volunteer journey this week with my first ‘assignation’ and I am looking forward to the varied activities and diverse opportunities that arise as a volunteer.