My background before retiring six years ago was working in family support in the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol field with health professionals in the NHS, the community and in HMP Prisons. A carer-governor role became vacant at NTW and as I am also a carer and recognise the value of the contribution that unpaid carers provide, I decided to apply.
As a governor I am aware that the carer’s role in supporting someone with a mental or other health issue can be very variable and one approach to support doesn’t fit all. I hope to be active in enabling groups to work together, to develop processes in order to provide a better and more effective and efficient service for the whole spectrum of carers of individuals with mental health and disability issues.
The most important role of Governors is to work as a team in order to be instrumental in enabling governors and all staff to work together to develop effective processes.
Our council of governors is made up of service users, carers, staff and others and we hold the Board and its decisions to account. We have taken into account national and local strategies that are relevant to people using our services. I enjoy being a governor because I support the Trust’s strategic ambitions, in particular our ambition to work with people, communities and partners to promote prevention, early intervention and resilience.
Currently health care issues excite me, mental health issues are receiving a lot of publicity and significant statistics are being produced regarding the mental wellbeing of children, people in the work place, old people, prisoners and many people in the public eye including the Royal Family.