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I am now serving my 11th year as an NHS Public Governor, 10 of those have been at UHDB. I was former Lead Governor at UHDB and spent a year as a Governor at Birmingham University Hospitals NHS FT. This gained experience has enabled me to contribute a wide range of knowledge to the Trust Council, as I had previously worked, voluntary, with primary care, various community health projects, doctors surgeries, HealthWatch and monthly Hospital PLACE inspections.
My 32 year professional career in education was as a Biology/Science teacher and Departmental Head, teaching in Norfolk, Derby, Aberdeenshire, Yorkshire and Solihull. However, my awareness of the importance of Pathology and Microbiology in the NHS, was as a school volunteer laboratory technician at the DRI. Every patient test requires analysis for diagnosis. Parental and my childhood experiences of the NHS in my early years and care given in later times in various hospitals, has enabled me to appreciate the benefits of the NHS in 2019, when compared to the payments required before the NHS was founded in 1948. My role is talking and listening to patients and staff, understanding their needs to continually improve quality of care, environment and safety.