I joined the Healthwatch team as a Healthwatch champion in October 2019.
I have a disabled son and over the years I have appreciated the advice and support I have received from independent organisations. This has led me to engage with different organisations to help both to support people with similar problems and to improve services. I have been a member of a Hospital Charity, a Lay member of a Medical Research Ethics Committee, an ‘expert by experience’ with Inclusion North, a member of a Patient Participation group and a member of LINK a precursor to Healthwatch. Together with my husband I am currently a member of a Carers’ Management Board that meets with the management of my son’s Care organisation to monitor and improve services.
I know the peace of mind that knowing your loved one is receiving good care brings as is the case with our son.
I am delighted to have new opportunities with Healthwatch to talk to people about their individual experiences both good and bad so this information can be passed on to Health and Social Care services. It is important that good work can be appreciated and shared with others so that problems can be addressed.
As a volunteer with Healthwatch I have received e-Training online in ‘Safeguarding Adults’ and ‘Safeguarding Children’ and enjoyed a visit to a Care Home and talking to residents also attending the SEND conference earlier this year.
I look forward to many more opportunities with Healthwatch in the future.
I am a retired Biology Lecturer and OU Tutor in ‘Biological Psychology’.
I am interested in Botany and enjoy Pilates classes, walking and jogging – slowly.