We have members of the public who give their time to help our health services provide better healthcare.
Ann, who is a public contributor for our patient safety workstream, is a retired Biology teacher with a long history of patient involvement. She has also been a patient representative on NICE Guideline Development and Quality Standard Groups. Ann’s main interest is in Primary Care.
A writer in the area of patient experience he became involved as a public contributor following six experiences of elective hospital surgery between 2004 and 2013. After his treatment at a university hospital he had such a positive experience that he decided he wanted to offer something back in Bristol, his home city. He is the secretary of his primary care patient partnership group, which has just been completely redesigned, so that patients and practice staff can work together in an exciting, innovative, and creative way. He has also been part of our working party on the local implementation of NICE technology assessments.
Nick has a particular interest in bringing Patient and Public Involvement to primary care, and to elective surgery for non-chronic conditions in hospitals. He is also an active member of the National Association for Patient Participation.
Tracy is involved in our Evidence into Practice Reference Group. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Psychology, she joined the Unilever Companies Management Development Scheme as a marketeer. She then went onto become the director of her own communications consultancy, specialising in the financial sector, before embarking on a career as a children’s author.
Having retired from the healthcare sector, Joanna has spent the last four years as a part-time project manager for the Patients Association, a national charity that campaigns for improvements to health and social care services across the UK. This has involved working on projects with organisations across the South West to capture, understand and improve patient experience.
She is also a volunteer for Healthwatch South Gloucestershire and Vice-Chair of the Healthwatch Advisory Group. Furthermore she is a member of her general practice Patients Participation Group.
Elly gave birth to two twins in August 2013 but only one survived. She has been a patient representative for the West of England on the Pre-terms birth project, to help prevent cerebral palsy in children. She is also a Volunteer Assessor for the charity Bliss, involved in the Design Together, Live Better project, visiting hospitals around the South West to assess their family-centred care and ensure they are hitting targets. She is a part time Production Coordinator at Silverback Films in Bristol specialising in high risk foreign filming shoots.
Prior to retirement Julian spent 20 years as a business consultant and coach advising the likes of BWM/Rover, British Steel, Shell and the Environment Agency. He is bringing his coaching expertise to support us in areas such as evidencing quality improvement and enhanced patient safety. He is PPG Chair at Sunnyside Surgery, Clevedon and has also authored a number of papers on quality, continual improvement and leadership/ management.
As a carer for her own mother Adele welcomed the tremendous support she received from the NHS and from the caring agency network. A Member of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2011 and working for the Members’ Involvement Forum, she is part of a team undertaking observations of care of patients who do not easily have a voice. She also conducts surveys on behalf of the Trust, interviewing carers of patients with dementia. She currently works as Education Officer in a Heritage and Tourist Information Centre.