I have worked in and around the NHS for almost 40 years and am a registered diagnostic radiographer. I moved to Lichfield in 2000 and have made frequent use of health services in the region ever since.
Having some understanding of how the health and social care system works and the importance of having a ‘whole team’ approach, I was motivated to explore whether I could give something back by becoming a governor. Lichfield and Tamworth both have community hospitals and I felt it was important to represent these services in particular for the local population.
It has been a privilege to get involved and I have learned so much. Being able to have a voice in how NHS services are delivered in the region and gaining understanding of how decisions are made mean that I can share messages locally and feedback any comments, concerns or suggestions. It has been a great way to meet like-minded people.
Health and social care are on most peoples’ agenda and most people have a view on how services are delivered - being a governor allows me to share my own and others’ views and attempt to influence.