We have members of the public who give their time to help our health services provide better healthcare.
Sandra’s career in education started as a teacher before moving onto leadership posts and finally lead inspector to Ofsted and trainer of inspectors. For the last 15 years she combined this with working as an International Education Consultant in countries such as Abu Dhabi, Uganda and the United States. The work involved advising local, national and international governments on improving education through the evaluation of institutions and the management of change.
Sandra has lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1961 and is very conscious of varying levels of diabetes care across the country. As a result, she wanted to work to ensure that people with diabetes receive the best possible care to enable them to understand and manage their condition. Moving to Bristol, she found no local support groups so was instrumental in developing the structure of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network, which included a Strategy group involving members of the Bristol CCG and Bristol Community Health. This provided a forum for two-way communication of people’s experiences of diabetes care and developments in diabetes care. She is currently a public contributor to the West of England AHSN working with the Digital Diabetes Coach initiative.
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.