Bernadette Aucott

BernieI 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:

  • Cardiac
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Learning difficulties
  • End of life/bereavement care
  • Respiratory
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • 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.