Welcome to the team page. Healthwatch is run by its members and has a governance board to manage its priorities and workload. You can see the members of the board below as well as the advisors to the board from our partner organisations and finally the staff of Healthwatch are also listed here. Each member of the board also has a declarations of interest form that can be viewed from their profile below. The meeting dates and other documents of the board can be viewed from the governance page.
Elected Board Member
I am a former civil servant specialising in research and analysis. I have some familiarity with NHS services in England (and Scotland) including primary care, hospitals, mental health trusts, children and adult mental health services and what is now the Prescriptions Authority. I’m concerned about health inequalities in the city, consideration of mental health services, the welfare of NHS staff who provide care and redress for patients and families within the NHS. I currently work in Public Sector.
I have board and committee level experience in a number of organisations. I served as a non-executive director of the Portsmouth Healthcare NHS Trust from 1998 until the Trust was dissolved to form Primary Care Trusts. I was a board member of a higher education college (Highbury), and chaired the Quality Committee responsible for academic achievement. As chairman of the Housing Committee on Portsmouth City Council I developed knowledge of a complex system of local government and implemented policies on tenant participation. I served for two years on the local Community Health Council as a representative for Portsmouth City Council.
From 2004 until 2010 I was a freelance consultant for the Centre for Public Scrutiny helping local authorities and their members to develop their role in health scrutiny. I also worked on the establishment of Local Involvement Networks with a number of local authorities.
Co-opted Board Member
I have lived in Portsmouth for the last 25 years. For much of that time I have also worked in the city as a manager in Adult and Further Education. Most recently I was Head of Lifelong Learning with Portsmouth City Council. Throughout the time I have lived in Portsmouth I have also been actively involved in a number of voluntary roles including as a school governor and as a board member of a number of local trusts and social enterprises. I am now largely retired from full-time work but continue to run a small management consultancy business working with Adult Education providers around the country. As an adult educator I was committed to enabling and engaging with local communities and would hope to bring my experience and skills to Healthwatch Portsmouth.
Elected Board Member
I have over 27 years local experience working in health & social care, I held a variety of roles which give me the knowledge of local services. My roles were within Learning Difficulty services, Mental Health & Substance Misuse - I have worked extensively with Portsmouth City Council & Solent NHS Trust. I have been a Care Assistant, ward based Staff Nurse, Practitioner, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Community Team Leader, and latterly a Service Co-Ordinator/Manager.
I have knowledge of how local services are provided and how provider organisations work with data collection, performance targets and contract reviews with Commissioners.
Elected Board Member
I’m a retired building contractor; building and refurbishing office and hospital buildings in central and greater London. Before retirement I was the national chairman of the British Productivity Council, vice chairman of AZTEC Training & Enterprise Council and founder and chairman of Business Link London South West. My hobbies include sailing and gardening, and I have a special interest in the workings of the NHS and its future strength and success in both clinical expertise and management.
Elected Board Member
I work as a self-employed proof reader for a London-based market research company and before then worked in life insurance. I have been involved with charities since running a chamber of commerce in 2001/2002 and have interests in Headway, Motiv8, Rainbow Centre and Beneficial Foundation. I am vice chair of the Carers Council, run a support group for Grandparents Association and am a member of Portsmouth and Southsea Castle rotary club.
Senior Advocate Coordinator
Hello, I am Fergus and I recently joined Healthwatch as the Senior Advocate Coordinator, I support people using the NHS complaints procedure. This involves enabling people to express their complaint, get explanations about difficulties in their care, and have an outcome that will help to improve NHS services. I am a Healthwatch member having lived in Portsmouth since coming down from Lincolnshire to the then Portsmouth Polytechnic. My background is in social work, Nurse Education and training in Health and Social care and I hope to bring this together to be an advocate for people needing to make a complaint, had a bad experience, of using NHS services.
Patrick joined Healthwatch Portsmouth to support and lead the team in its day-to-day and project activity. Working closely with the Healthwatch Board, commissioners and providers of services, Patrick’s aim is to ensure local people have a say in shaping and developing how health and social care services are provided in the city. Patrick comes to Healthwatch Portsmouth with more than 20 years working in the housing, care and support sector, working with a range of communities to develop person-centered and responsive services.
Community Engagement Officer
Hi, I’m Alison, the Community Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Portsmouth. I am keen to raise the awareness of Healthwatch throughout the city and am always on the lookout for new places to visit. If you have a group or a club that would be interested in hearing about Healthwatch please do let me know. For the past 11 years I have worked at Foyer for the Island a supported housing scheme for 16-25 year olds on the Isle of Wight and would like to use this experience to help the younger population of the city have their voice heard when it comes to health and social care services.