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 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.
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 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 interest in how best to ensure that medicines developed and services delivered meet the needs of patients and local populations.
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.
Patrick joined Healthwatch Portsmouth in June 2015 to support and lead the team in its day-to-day and project activity, to work closely with communities, local groups and providers and commissioners of health and care services. As well as his wider role for Learning Links, Patrick is now one of our Board Advisors, supporting both the team and board to focus the activities of Healthwatch Portsmouth on local priorities to ensure residents have a say in shaping how health and care services are provided in the city. Patrick came to Healthwatch Portsmouth with more than 20 years’ experience working in the housing, care and support sector, working with a range of communities to develop person-centred and responsive services.
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 to.