Omar Ahmad tells us about his role as the new staff governor for North Tyneside Community Services at Northumbria Healthcare
I’m still new to this role but I’m really looking forward to get to know more staff in my teams and focus on making our time working together as supportive as possible.
I’ve always learnt best by watching and observing others, so the chance to meet all the other governors and hear what is happening in our wider teams is going to be very important to me.
My day job is the Lead Clinical Pharmacist for Northumbria Primary Care and my team runs Pharmacy services across GP practices in North Tyneside and Northumbria. Many of our staff don’t know we even exist so I’m really keen to represent my community services as well as I can.
The role of governor will allow me to share my purpose of supporting fairness and simplifying things in an increasingly unfair and complicated world. By building relationships and respecting diverse views I will support teams and individual staff who feel underrepresented, and ensure they feel more connected and valued.
This is very relevant as we all together observe and celebrate Black history awareness month.
Born in the North East with a passion for our region, I sometimes feel frustrated by all the potential that goes unfulfilled. Providing a voice for staff has positive outcomes for the care of patients, especially in the sharing of different ideas.
When supporting patients with substance abuse, for example, I look at improving the persons life beyond their medication, but not all staff have the opportunity to do things differently.
I hope together, with all the others, we can bring the governor role alive and show that it can be exciting and satisfying – representing staff and empowering them in our organisation for the improvement of patient care delivery.
To find out more about governors and what they do click here: https://www.northumbria.nhs.uk/get-involved/join-our-our-foundation-trust/our-council-of-governors/