I was Chief Executive of the national ‘health watchdog’ the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement from 2004 – 2008. The commission had a regulatory role, working with the then Healthcare Commission (now renamed the Care Quality Commission) to give citizens a voice in health-decision making throughout England. I live locally.
Alan Hastings – Chair of Milton Keynes LINk
Having been involved, as a patient representative, from the start of this review in October 2010, I have consistently reminded the Team that it is essential to consider families, carers and friends as well as patients, when evaluating all options to make changes to any of the services provided by the SEM Hospitals. This should include such as moving patients back nearer to their own home locations, for their rehabilitation, as soon as they are fit to travel. Being near their families, carers and friends, allows more visiting opportunities, which could aid a patient's quicker recovery.
As a representative of the public, patients and service users, I will also remind the Team that it is essential that all proposed options are clearly defined in plain English, free of jargon and in sufficient detail to enable my 97 year-old mother to understand the pros and cons of any changes. I will hold the Team to account that options should then be distributed to a wide cross section of patients, the public and service users, to ensure the views of as many people as possible are gathered, before decisions are made.
Jennifer Newton – Secretary – Milton Keynes Cancer Patient Partnership
My interest is cancer, and I would like to see fast access to the very best quality cancer services in our area from diagnosis to treatment and then living with cancer.
Robin Kelso – Governor – Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
My interest is that I want to ensure that the patients/public are fully informed as to why this review is necessary & that the quality/ safety of medical care will not be compromised although increased travel maybe the price that has to be paid.
Peter Metherall – Patient Champion – Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
I have been on the Safer Care Board of the Eastern Region Strategic Health Authority for the past three years as Patients Safety Champion. I am also Patient Safety Champion for the World Health Organisation and have been since 2008. In addition, I sit on the Steering Group for V.T.E for the East of England S.H.A. and for the past 4 years I have chaired the Bedford Hospital's Organ Donation Committee; I am also Patient Safety Champion for Bedford Hospital, sitting on their Quality Board.
Martin Adams – Lead Governor – Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
My interest lies in supporting and enhancing the NHS so that even better healthcare is developed and integrated seamlessly with the social care needs of the community.
Mike Thomas – Member – Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
As a member of Age UK Senior Voice group in Milton Keynes, I am particularly concerned with healthcare for older people. Healthcare needs to be provided as close to home as possible, and we need to be aware of mobility issues, including the practicalities of transport, not only for older patients, but also their relatives, neighbours and carers.
Gareth Eglinton-Pacitti – Strategic Lead – Community Action: MK
I work at Community Action: MK as their Strategic Lead. We support charities and community groups in Milton Keynes through one-to-one support, learning opportunities, networking events, advocacy, promotion and development. For more details, please visit www.CommunityActionMK.org.
I have worked in the voluntary sector for just under 10 years and am passionate about Community Development principles and the great work our local charities and community groups do. In addition, I am a qualified Counsellor with experience of working in various mental health settings, including working with young people and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) people in Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire.
Roz Horton – Public delegate
I have links with several organisations and communities in East Northants. I am a Foundation Trust member and in live in the catchment area for Kettering General Hospital. I am a Chartered Physiotherapist and university lecturer by training, though currently not practicing. My passions are healthcare, education and life.
Val Dumbleton – Representative for Pulse
I have worked in the NHS for 50 years, training in orthopaedics and general at Pinderfields in wakefield, where I was sister on the new burns unit in the late 60's I have been a Health Visitor in Northamptonshire and for the last 18 years of my NHS life was the Public Health Specialist for Gypsies and Travellers in Northamptonshire, I now chair the Northamptonshire Travellers action Group. and champion their cause.
Padma Cheriyan – Representative for blind, partially sighted and the hard of hearing and Member of Bucks Vision
My special interests are issues relating to the blind, partially sighted and the hard of hearing people.
Lesley Bell – Governor – Milton Keynes Hosptial NHS Foundation Trust
I have more than 30 years experience of working nationally in the organisation and development of social care services, specialising in the provision of services to people living in their own home. I am passionately committed to the integration of health and social care, ensuring that the rhetoric of the continuum of care actually becomes a reality for everyone.
I have been involved as Governor at Northampton General Hospital for more than five years and Chair Northamptonshire LINk. I am a member of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Board of Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes NHS and the shadow Health and Well-being Board. I was recently elected a Governor of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
I am convinced that the Healthier Together vision can produce better clinical outcomes and it's the way to progress. Simply put as I see it, this will be a new plan designed by doctors, understood and agreed to by the public. I'm involved because I am convinced it is the way forward to improve our health services for the future.
No hospitals will close. Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford will all continue to provide most local services
All five hospitals will have an A&E and maternity service
Our first priority is safe, sustainable, high quality services
Our recommendations will be based on clinical evidence and local need
No decisions without full public consultation
Healthier Together Programme Office
NHS Milton Keynes
Bletchley MK3 6RT
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