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Public Governors

John Morrissey

John Morrissey

Governor's Personal Statement

I have had the honour of serving as public governor for Amber Valley South for almost three years. As you will know the Trust has had much adverse publicity: though not undeserved this has, I have felt, tended to overshadow the great work that has throughout been done for and with those who have needed our help (and their families). Derbyshire Healthcare has more than ninety clinical teams in the field and it has been my privilege to visit more than half of them to learn first‚ÄĒhand about their work and observe their enthusiasm. I have lived for most of my life in Amber Valley. I went to school in Belper where I worked for thirty‚ÄĒseven years as a GP. The Trust has always, of course, been in partnership with other organisations and this is now more obviously a necessity than ever in the past. I have observed how the Trust is always trying to work more efficiently while striving to improve its services. I have attended public meetings in Heanor and Belper where local services have been discussed. Attendance at Board meetings has shown how the complex organisation evolves while maintaining the human touch. I have felt that my local connection has helped me as your representative on the Trust's Council of Governors of which I have been lead governor in the past year. Governors have become better informed, better trained and more effective in their role of representing the public interest and holding the Trust Board to account.

Dr John Morrissey

LEAD GOVERNOR

Amber Valley

Amber Valley South

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Feb 2017‚ÄĒJan 2020

Carole Riley

Carole Riley

Governor's Personal Statement

Carole started her working career as a midwife and spent over 20 years working in the industry. She has been a volunteer in a national youth organisation for over 40 years and she also has 35 years experience in school governance, gaining transferable skills that she hopes will enable her as a governor to be a critical friend, challenging the Trust to deliver a caring, compassionate and efficient mental health service

Mrs Carole Riley

DEPUTY LEAD GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City East

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Mar 2016‚ÄĒMar 2019

 

 

VACANT

GOVERNOR

Amber Valley

Amber Valley North

Martin Rose

Martin Rose

Governor's Personal Statement

Martin moved to Derbyshire 12 years ago. He is passionate about the NHS and would like to keep it as it is whilst helping to improve the services provided to the general public. Whilst Martin lived in Doncaster he set up a garden centre and landscape business and during this time he helped to set up a hospice centre with the local MP. Martin was a Branch Secretary for AUEW Engineering Union for 27 year and was also member of Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and Chair of Governors at three senior schools.

Martin Rose

GOVERNOR

Bolsover

Bolsover

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  8 November 2017 - 7 November 2020

Lynda Langley

Lynda Langley

Governor's Personal Statement

Lynda's area of expertise is that of business management, administration, logistics, accounts and customer service. Her role included being an NVQ Assessor. Part of her responsibility was that of internal quality assurance, therefore, she is acquainted with the standards required within the workplace. Having taken early retirement from her lecturing post, Lynda now has sufficient time to collaborate with patients, carers and staff to work towards an increase in public satisfaction.

Mrs Lynda Langley

GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Chesterfield North

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Mar 2016‚ÄĒMar 2019

Teresa Cresswell

Teresa Cresswell

Governor's Personal Statement

I have been employed by the NHS in Derbyshire for 43 years. The breadth of experience I would bring to this post covers working in as a nurse and health visitor in the acute and community services public health and commissioning health provision. My specific experience centralises upon integrated and partnership working with the emphasis upon improving health and social outcomes for children and their families through integrated working, and maximising the use of the skills and resources we have available to health and partner agencies. I have a strong ability to see things through, an enquiring mind and like to understand all the facts before I make or influence decisions being made. In addition I have 34 years’ working in Relate as a Counsellor, Therapist, Trustee and finally Chair of the Board of Trustees. This experience enables me to listen to people and help draw out what is important to them. I believe I have a lot to offer through my work experience and knowledge of health and other services. In times of economic pressure, we have to maximise our resources and provide the best services we can through creative working. I am good at communicating at all levels, and have undertaken significant community involvement research which has always influenced my decision making when translating service design into deliverable provision.

Teresa Cresswell

GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Chesterfield South

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  8 November 2017 - 7 November 2020

Gillian Hough

Gillian Hough

Governor's Personal Statement

I am good at listening to others, then taking forward concerns to create change. Having a service which meets the needs of service users is critical to me, and to the longevity of the service. I have worked for 20+ years in Housing for a central London Local Authority and three Housing Associations so have experience of leading and training teams as well as delivering support. As a volunteer I have experience of organising successful events which over 13,000 customers and involved 250+ volunteers over 10 days. I am therefore able to work at many levels and bring a balanced package of knowledge with me. I moved to Chaddesden in 2010 having lived previously in Northern Ireland, London and the Isle of Wight. I have experience of the superb service provided at Derby Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and have been a member of Derby’s Carer’s Hub. When my daughter was at primary school I was part of the Parent Teachers Association and spent time assisting children with their reading ability. I like to get involved and improve things for everyone.

Mrs Gillian Hough

GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City East

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Mar 2016‚ÄĒMar 2019

Amran Ashraf

Amran Ashraf

Governor's Personal Statement

I have approximately twenty years of experience in health and social care, predominantly in the voluntary sector working for well‚ÄĒestablished leading organisations where I have acquired invaluable skills and knowledge. I am presently employed by the NHS, working for Derbyshire Community Health Services as a Care Coordinator. I am based in GP surgeries across Derby City, liaising closely with community support team colleagues. I am a carer for several family members and spent many years advocating on their behalf, supporting them to receive care that is person centred, enabling them to maintain their independence and to encourage wellbeing. This led to a volunteer role as a Carers Ambassador which involved sitting in partnership board meetings, influencing decision makers such as commissioners and council leaders. I volunteered as a school governor where my nephew was a pupil, and for whom I also care for. In my spare time I like to keep fit, enjoy fund raising, have a great passion to travel ‚ÄĒ learning about different cultures and valuing diversity. As an individual with the experience of understanding services in both a professional capacity and hands on as a carer, I offer an exceptionally varied insight that I will bring with me to the Governor role whilst representing the Derby City community. Ensuring your views are heard and taken forward to the board room at accountable / decision making level.

Amran Ashraf

GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City West

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Jul 2017 - June 2020

Moira Kerr

Moira Kerr

Governor's Personal Statement

I said to you three years ago, I will not stay silent until Derbyshire's needs are met. Since then I have been proactive as a governor during difficult times, such as when our most senior managers betrayed the Trust through failure to follow due process and lost an expensive Employment Tribunal. I researched what should have happened, and be happening, and was one of the most informed and outspoken governors during this process. I continually seek information to assure myself that the Trust's processes and best practice are now being followed and have been thorough and fearless in questioning. New challenges lie ahead. Government is asking for savings across the NHS and told Trusts to work together and share services. Negotiations are going ahead for us to merge with Derbyshire Community Trust. This makes sense as both work across the whole of Derbyshire and our mental health and community children's services can benefit from services from one provider, if merging is handled properly. MH continues to be underfunded; waiting times long and services not available but following my repeated requests governors met with the CCG's chief executive and made clear what we expect for MH. We need to ensure that in a merged trust MH, the biggest service provided, gets the priority and funding it needs. Governors can work towards this and I would like your vote for Derby City West as I am in a good position to make this happen. Feel free to contact me at any time.

Rev Moira Kerr

GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City West

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Feb 2017‚ÄĒJan 2020

Ruth Greaves

Ruth Greaves

Governor's Personal Statement

Demand for Mental Health Services is on the increase, particularly for Youngsters, and the Elderly. Yet we find ourselves in times of austerity where services are financially stretched. It is the Governors? job to watch over the Trust and ensure that the Trust provides the services that the Community needs. To assist in the pressure on finances, Health and Social Care services nationally are being asked to work together to prevent duplication of work and to provide patients with smooth transitions between service providers. I support this move because it can provide better patient care as well as a financial benefits, but governors need to be watchful to make sure that any changes to service provision will not damage patient care. Locally, our Trust is considering merging with DCHS. Again I support this move, because the combined Trust will remove the red‚ÄĒtape and delays when patients are referred‚ÄĒon to another specialist. It will help employees to work together efficiently and share skills amongst the workforce. However, Mental Healthcare is currently underfunded and overstretched. As a governor, I will fight to ensure that Mental Health services are monitored separately and the finances are kept separate so that we can guarantee that our patients are receiving the care that they need. As a governor for the last three years, I understand how DHcFT works. I believe that I am an effective voice for the community. I would love to continue to help shape a better service for our patients.

Mrs Ruth Greaves

GOVERNOR

Derbyshire Dales

Derbyshire Dales

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Feb 2017‚ÄĒJan 2020

Shelley Comery

Shelley Comery

Governor's Personal Statement

I have a diverse knowledge off supporting people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities along with mental health in which I have too experienced myself. My role as support worker, working for Mencap was supporting individuals to lead as independent a life as their condition allowed, enabling them to reach their full potential which is of great importance. This was achieved with consistency, care, respect and above all else empowerment. Never two days were the same and I had a sense of achievement that I found to be personally rewarding, knowing I was helping to make a difference in their day to day lives. Unfortunately at the end of January 2013 my mental health took a downward turn and I had no choice but to finish doing the job I loved. Now that I’ve given you a little insight to what kind of a person I am I hope I have given you enough confidence in me being your governor with the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and trust is what I give to you. I hope you share the same inspiration as me to allow me to help make changes where needed by speaking up for you no matter what the situation may bring.

Mrs Shelley Comery

GOVERNOR

Erewash

Erewash North

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Mar 2016‚ÄĒMar 2019

Shirish Patel

Shirish Patel

Governor's Personal Statement

I am a Post Graduate Engineer with businesses management experience. I also have a great interest in health and at a personal level practice Yoga and Meditation. After retirement, I have become a Therapist and offer help with Mental/Emotional and Body level issues. Through MacMillan, I have completed a course to support patients and families affected by cancer. I am actively contributing to the following charities: ‚ÄĒ The Long Eaton and District 50+ Forum - as a Treasurer ‚ÄĒ Gujarat Samaj, an Ethnic charity (Indian Gujarati community) - as a Committee Member and Assistant Treasurer. In the past, I have served as a Trustee on the Board of Nottingham Counselling Services. I believe that more can be done in the preventive side of health. Education and early help can prevent manifestation of serious diseases and health problems.

Shirish Patel

GOVERNOR

Erewash

Erewash South

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  1 September 2017- 30 September 2019

Rick Cox

Rick Cox

Governor's Personal Statement

My route into community mental health started in 2012 after graduating from the University of Derby where I became director to the trustees of the Grapevine Project, as it was. I then came to manage the newly rebranded Grapevine Wellbeing Centre between 2013 and 2015 establishing many good links with community and voluntary organisations in the local and wider area and building a working relationship with the trust. During this time I played a role in the design and rollout of the Connect to Recovery and Five Ways to Wellbeing Model in Buxton. I was also recommended to stand as the Mental Health Service Receiver Representative for the High Peak on behalf of Derbyshire Voice where I attended various DHCFT stakeholder meetings, presented the work of the Grapevine at various events and was briefly involved in the early days of the DHCFT Neighbourhood Model. Up to now I’m currently on my way to becoming a fully accredited psychodynamic counsellor practicing creative elements of psychosynthesis. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and Division of Counselling Psychology, student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Division of Spirituality.

Rick Cox

GOVERNOR

High Peak

High Peak

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  8 November 2017 - 7 November 2020

 

 

VACANT

GOVERNOR

North East Derbyshire

North East Derbyshire

Kevin Richards

Kevin Richards

Governor's Personal Statement

Throughout my life I have been honoured and privileged to represent residents of South Derbyshire for over 35 years including within that period the Mining Industry as a full time trade union official, Local Authority as a District Councillor (19 yrs) as well as serving for several years on the South Derbyshire Community Health Council. I have been a Board member of several charitable organisations and believe I have the commitment, discipline, skills and knowledge to further serve South Derbyshire residents. I am a firm believer in the NHS and do not accept the break up and selling off of profitable sections of the service, if you want someone to fight for the continuation and improvements to the NHS please consider voting for me, if you are agreeable and support the privatisation of the NHS, then I am not your man. Thank you for taking the time to read my election statement.

Mr Kevin Richards

GOVERNOR

South Derbyshire

South Derbyshire

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Feb 2017‚ÄĒJan 2020

Rosemary Farkas

Rosemary Farkas

Governor's Personal Statement

Rosemary would like to use her dual experience as a service user and mental health professional to help achieve the best possible mental health care for the people of Derbyshire. Having received excellent care within the Trust for the past 15 years, she would like to give something back. Rosemary is also setting up a fund to assist individual service users in their recoveries.

Mrs Rosemary Farkas

GOVERNOR

Surrounding Areas

Surrounding Areas

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† Mar 2016‚ÄĒMar 2019