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I was appointed after the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations were asked to nominate suitable candidates for the role. This important role seeks to both support the Trust in its relationship with volunteers and the voluntary sector, as well as enable improved access to patient and condition specific groups with whom the Trust seeks to strengthen relationships.
Effective two-way information sharing is a central tenant of this role. A former Headteacher at a local Foundation Primary School I came into the role with a wealth of experience and knowledge of both the voluntary sector and the NHS. This experience includes six years spent as Staff Governor representing Volunteers at the former Burton Hospital Foundation Trust as well as being a lay member on a number of committees including End of Life and Quality Improvement. I believe strongly in lifelong learning and sharing learning is the life blood of improvement. Working together as a team makes things happen and sees change become a reality!
I am passionate about the roles played by Volunteers and patients strengthening existing relationships between the community and the Trust and thus ensuring that the sector voice is heard in the NHS arena. Increasingly the voluntary sector is working with the NHS to support vulnerable people in our communities and it is my role to ensure that the voluntary sector’s role, and the challenges they face, are understood.