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Staff governor at Northumbria specialist emergency care hospital
Tom started working in the NHS in 1975 as a student learning disability nurse, first working at Northgate Hospital as a staff nurse and eventually a charge nurse.He moved into community services in Northumberland in 1985 as a community learning disabilities nurse in Alnwick. Tom eventually eventually became the team manager of the integrated team for learning disabilities, covering the Alnwick and Berwick Teams. During this time he witnessed many changes in services for clients one of the most important being the integration of health and social care. On retirement from full time work, he returned on a part time basis to work closely with the Head of Service and the operational managers in bringing about improvements in the delivery of community services. This included working with and mentoring both health and social care staff. He was awarded the MBE in 2010 for services to Learning disabilities and nurse mentoring. He has also recently received the Queens Nursing Institute long service award. Tom sits as an independent panel member hearing mental health act renewals and appeals and until recently sat on the Northumbria Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group. Tom does a great deal of voluntary work at St Marys RC Cathedral in Newcastle, as well as being Master of Ceremonies at the Cathedral and taking communion to sick and vulnerable people. Tom is also the child and adult protection officer for the Cathedral.
Doreen currently works as Operations Manager for the Northumberland Community Nurses, with a background in community nursing since 1990, first as a Relief Community Staff Nurse. This provided a firm grounding for her career development which included District Nurse and Community Matron Roles, she applied for the role as Operations Manager to develop the service through the many NHS changes. She continue to work as a Staff Nurse at weekends “on the shop floor” which helps her communicate with the staff and patients, observing and experiencing not only the problems encountered but also the high quality and compassionate care under taken by the staff. As Operations Manager she also advises staff members on the appropriate routes to be taken to address issue they may have ensuring compliance with the Trusts Governance and strategic polices and values. More recently she has been awarded with the honour of becoming a Queens Nurse. This will enable closer working with professional bodies that support the role of the District Nurse in delivering the government’s agenda of caring for people closer to home.
Kevin has worked for Northumbria Healthcare or it’s predecessors for over 20 years; most of that time as a District Nurse and Practice Teacher but latterly as a Community Matron. He has worked in all four localities of North Tyneside as well as South East Northumberland and Tynedale and have experience of daytime, evening and night working. Kevin feels it is important that all community staff are represented and have a voice.
Staff governor at Northumbria specialist emergency care hospital Background: Nursing, with the last 19 years working in the critical illness environment particularly in a critical care outreach role. Areas of interest: Patient safety and ‘the right level of care, in the right place at the right time’. Heavily involved in charity work.
Staff governor at North Tyneside General Hospital (incl. Cobalt) Background: Worked in Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and as a Staff Nurse in Infection Control and Occupational Health. Appointed Critical Care Outreach Sister in 2003 and was recently appointed as Clinical Lecturer Practitioner. Areas of interest: Contributing to the future development of healthcare.
I am the Trust’s Emergency Preparedness Manager; this is a Trustwide role and allows me to be able to communicate with a wide range of staff. I have been in the NHS for over 20 years and worked in both acute and primary care. When not at work I like chilling out with a good book or walking my dog.
Background: Jo joined the Trust in 2001 to work with the Oral Health Promotion Team. Since joining the Trust she has gained a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care and has recently completed an MSc in Healthcare Management. Areas of Interest: I am passionate about the NHS, animals (particularly dogs), shoes and handbags.
Background: Senior Manager for Community Services working with district nursing, specialist nursing and palliative care nursing and supporting primary and secondary care to improve health & well being and reduce inequalities. Previously worked with adults and children with a diagnosis of autism; as Project Manager for child and adolescent services; and Improvement Lead for NHS North of Tyne. Areas of Interest: Interested in participating directly in the drive to improve health and well being for both patients and staff and reduce inequalities across the services. Board member of Skills for People which supports adults and young people with learning and/or physical disabilities to gain confidence through participation in planning and presenting training courses, self-advocacy groups and service-user committees.
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I am a superintendent physiotherapist for outpatient services in the North and manage the physiotherapy services locally at Berwick Infirmary. I am also an extended scope practitioner working in the IMATS services in the North of the Trust and work in the Telemedicine service.