Healthwatch Wiltshire has appointed a new Board to help prioritise the health and social care issues that are most important to the people of Wiltshire.
The Local Leadership Board will be the driving force behind Healthwatch Wiltshire's commitment to ensure the voices of children, young people and adults are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services in the county.
The new Board is made up of Rob Jefferson, Hazel Dunnett, David Line, Irene Kohler and Andy Mintram. They will be joined by Emma Leatherbarrow, Director of Partnerships at Help and Care, Healthwatch Wiltshire's provider.
After a brief stint working in the NHS, Rob has enjoyed a long career in Further Education, beginning as a lecturer in Biology and Human Biology, and most recently as Assistant Principal for Wiltshire College. He’s been volunteering for Healthwatch Wiltshire since 2016 and sees joining the Board as a way of helping to shape the quality and development of health and care services.
He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the various roles and experiences I have had as a volunteer. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact of the work of Healthwatch Wiltshire in influencing decision makers and funding providers in the county, which ultimately improves health and care services for local people.”
Hazel has lived in Wiltshire for over 30 years and has an army and nursing background. She has worked in NHS hospitals, as an agency nurse, and as a school nurse at a boarding school. She has volunteered for Healthwatch Wiltshire since its launch in 2012 and enjoys meeting new people and listening to their feedback.
She said: “I am proud to be representing Healthwatch Wiltshire. I am very much family orientated and want my family and friends to have the health and social care they expect and need.”
David Line A former executive at British Airways and Allied Dunbar, David was also General Manager of Prospect Hospice, overseeing its expansion and construction of the new building in Wroughton in 1995. He has held board positions with organisations including Age Concern Wiltshire, Pewsey Campus Operations Board, GreenSquare Housing Group and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.
He said: “I am passionate about, and very committed to, board roles as a means of achieving strategic objectives and real change for the benefit of the wider community. I will enjoy working with the Healthwatch team to influence the direction and focus of health and social care across Wiltshire.
Irene has a background in adult education, specialising in developing and ensuring access to education for adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, people with mental health issues and older people. She has also worked in advocacy, supporting older people to get access to services and resources. She is the older people’s champion in Salisbury.
She said: "I view the role of Healthwatch Wiltshire as providing the opportunity to bring about positive change and challenge inequality; ultimately to enhance the experience of people dependent on health and care services."
Andy is a Business Manager at a large GP practice in Poole, Dorset, and has worked in the NHS since 2009. He sees building strong relationships between the public and those who commission and provide health and care services as key to improving services in Wiltshire.
He said: "As a Wiltshire resident, I want to use my professional experience to help develop services in my local area. Healthwatch Wiltshire should ensure that the patient and community voice is seen as being just as important when developing services as commissioners and service leaders. I want to make Wiltshire a place to be proud of when it comes to our health and wellbeing."
As Director of Partnerships at Help and Care, Emma is responsible for working closely with a wide range of different organisations across south central England to deliver high quality services for people and communities.
She said: "I am delighted to be joining the Healthwatch Wiltshire Local Leadership Board and look forward to supporting them to influence the way health and care services are delivered in Wiltshire."
Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager Stacey Plumb said: "I'm thrilled to welcome our new Board. Their variety of backgrounds and experiences will bring a wealth of skills and expertise to the table and I'm looking forward to working with them all on setting out our work plan."