Healthwatch Portsmouth Board
Healthwatch Portsmouth is run by its members and has a governance board to manage its priorities and workload. Details of Board members are below as well as information on the advisors to the board from our partner organisations. Each Board profile also includes a declaration of interests form. Papers from the Board meetings can be viewed in the Publications section.
I have board and committee level experience in a number of organisations. I served as a non-executive director of the Portsmouth Healthcare NHS Trust from 1998 until the Trust was dissolved to form Primary Care Trusts. I was a board member of a higher education college (Highbury), and chaired the Quality Committee responsible for academic achievement. As chairman of the Housing Committee on Portsmouth City Council I developed knowledge of a complex system of local government and implemented policies on tenant participation. I served for two years on the local Community Health Council as a representative for Portsmouth City Council.
From 2004 until 2010 I was a freelance consultant for the Centre for Public Scrutiny helping local authorities and their members to develop their role in health scrutiny. I also worked on the establishment of Local Involvement Networks with a number of local authorities.
I have over 27 years local experience working in health & social care, I held a variety of roles which give me the knowledge of local services. My roles were within Learning Difficulty services, Mental Health & Substance Misuse – I have worked extensively with Portsmouth City Council & Solent NHS Trust. I have been a Care Assistant, ward based Staff Nurse, Practitioner, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Community Team Leader, and latterly a Service Co-Ordinator/Manager.
I have knowledge of how local services are provided and how provider organisations work with data collection, performance targets and contract reviews with Commissioners.
I was an experienced and highly accountable senior leader within the pharmaceutical industry, specialising in strategic planning and marketing within both the research and commercial parts of the pharmaceutical industry. I am now just completing an MSc in Public Health at King’s College London as I wanted a challenge that built on the significant skills and experience I have gained in industry and encompasses my interest in lifestyle and its impact on health and disease progression.
My MSc has broadened my understanding of epidemiology, how environment and lifestyle can affect people’s health, the impact of social and health interventions and how to ultimately prevent disease.
I am particularly interested in how best to ensure that medicines developed and services delivered meet the needs of patients and local populations.
I work as a self-employed proof reader for a London-based market research company and before then worked in life insurance. I have been involved with charities since running a chamber of commerce in 2001/2002 and have interests in Headway, Motiv8, Rainbow Centre and Beneficial Foundation. I am vice chair of the Carers Council, run a support group for Grandparents Association and am a member of Portsmouth and Southsea Castle rotary club.
I have lived in Portsmouth for the last 25 years. For much of that time I have also worked in the city as a manager in Adult and Further Education. Most recently I was Head of Lifelong Learning with Portsmouth City Council. Throughout the time I have lived in Portsmouth I have also been actively involved in a number of voluntary roles including as a school governor and as a board member of a number of local trusts and social enterprises. I am now largely retired from full-time work but continue to run a small management consultancy business working with Adult Education providers around the country. As an adult educator I was committed to enabling and engaging with local communities and would hope to bring my experience and skills to Healthwatch Portsmouth.
My background spans thirty-one years of extensive experience at executive and senior levels in both the public and private sectors.
I am an inclusive leader who is resilient, an effective communicator and team player who has often positively impacted the organisations I have had the privilege to serve.
I believe in making a difference and influencing change for the better. I have the ability to build sustainable relationships, drive growth and change which I have repeatedly achieved in my workplace both for fellow work colleagues and those we serve which have included both the public and in the healthcare setting our patients.
I am committed to making a difference to others, by being the catalyst for change through listening to those who know and understand the healthcare services and then act by influencing the healthcare system. This is why I support the important agenda of Healthwatch.
I am now retired and have been volunteering for Healthwatch since 2015. I am an Authorised Representative and have carried out a number of Enter & View visits.
I have an interest in how hospitals communicate and share information with relatives & carers and feel my own experience in this area could be used to improve the process for all.
I would also like to help promote Healthwatch to the wider community.
I work in the Public Health Team for Portsmouth City Council. My current role as Public Health Development Manager involves commissioning and service managing of public health programme such as the NHS Health Checks programme and commissioning of Local Healthwatch in Portsmouth. I have worked in Portsmouth since 2009 and have been in Public Health since 2004. I am a registered Public Health Practitioner with the UKPHR and have BSc in Health and Social Care and MSc in Public Health and Health Improvement. I volunteer as a Watch Leader for the Tall Ships Youth Trust in Portsmouth, and enjoying running and climbing in my spare time.
This position is currently being recruited.
Where Healthwatch Portsmouth focuses its time and energy is influenced by its members, the general public, local organisations and is overseen by a board of elected and co-opted volunteers.
The Board make decisions about the priorities of Healthwatch Portsmouth and the main projects it will work on each year. They also work to represent local people and make sure that they are at the heart of local services.
The board is made up of a variety of people from different backgrounds, with a range of skills and experience to support the team. There are members selected from the general membership and wider public, advisers (from the University of Portsmouth, Learning Links and Portsmouth City Council) and the Healthwatch Project Manager.
For more information please contact us or come along to one of our public board meetings held six times a year at different venues around Portsmouth.
Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meetings 2018
|27 February 2018||Portsmouth Training and Learning Centre (Portsmouth Academy)||4pm-6pm|
|17 April 2018||St Mary’s Community Room||4pm-6pm|
|27 June 2018||Civic Hall(This will be our Annual General Meeting)||6pm-8pm|
|4 September 2018||Cosham Community Centre||6pm-8pm|
|17 October 2018||Portsmouth Training and Learning Centre(Portsmouth Academy)||2pm-4pm|
|11 December 2018||St. Mary’s Community Room||2pm-4pm|
Meeting dates for 2019
|5 February 2019||(venue to be confirmed)||4pm-6pm|
Details of meetings can be found on the events page.
If you are interested in joining the board to help shape the way health and care services are provided in the city, please contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org