I retired from the NHS in 2011. After retirement I became a volunteer at University Hospital Birmingham (QE) on the Patient & Carer Council, which involved talking to patients.
I have personal experience of various health issues:
- Learning difficulties
- End of life/bereavement care
- Elderly care.
I felt there was a need for the patient voice to be heard, a patient’s viewpoint is not necessarily a clinician’s, and so I became involved with the following, hoping to make a difference:
- Hospital governor
- Vice Chair Patient Participation Group
- CCG strategic patient partner
- Associate of Solihull Patient Network.
Through these organisations I am invited to participate in a number of patient related initiatives and am able to put a patient’s point of view. I think we need more patient involvement and from a wider range of ages and diversity, in order to fully represent all patients in Birmingham and Solihull.