We welcome Mike Fereday to our Board with effect from December 2016. He has been a resident of the Parish of Cold Ash for 38 years and has an extensive working background as a forensic scientist. He joins the Board of Healthwatch West Berkshire Berkshire to use the skills developed in his professional life to assist its vision for people in the locality of West Berkshire. He is generally interested in the future workings of local healthcare and is involved, from a patient perspective, in the current “Connected Care” project and regularly attends public meetings of the Clinical Commissioning Group.
He believes it is important that the general public not only have a say, but can actually influence, for the better, the direction that healthcare and social care provision take. From a local perspective, the challenge for Healthwatch West Berkshire is to collect, collate and direct these views to relevant stakeholders in the hope of providing services that more directly reflect the needs of local people.
Andrew Sharp, Healthwatch West Berkshire Representative –
Martha Vickers, Local Representative
Martha has lived in Newbury for 24 years. She has recently retired after working as a health visitor in the area for most of this time. She has served the area as a local councillor and was Newbury Town Mayor in 1997. In her role as a health visitor she worked with the victims and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse, having witnessed the effects on young children of Domestic Abuse.
In Oxfordshire Judy was the Patient and Public Involvement Manager for 5 years and was instrumental in establishing an online engagement system that is still in use. Her work there included major projects on mental health, establishing care closer to home and patient transport. During that time she worked closely with the local LINks (the predecessor of Healthwatch) and supported the establishment of the Healthwatch in Oxfordshire. For two years Judy worked as an independent consultant running a major consultation for West Berkshire Council and supporting consultations for Berkshire NHS.
Judy has a firm commitment to the NHS and its future. She believes good change and development in the NHS and Social Care can only be achieved well with proper and effective engagement with those on the receiving end of care services.
“I have a professional background in nursing, teaching, health promotion and public health.
I have a BSc in Nursing from the USA and worked as a nurse for 6 years. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education and taught nursing at pre and post registration levels.
“I have worked in the field of Public Health since 1992, working in local and national positions in the public sector. Having gained an MSc in Applied Social Science I became a Consultant in Public Health for West Berkshire Local Authority. I retired from this position in 2017.
Throughout my PH career I have always done my utmost to tackle inequalities in health and ensure that local residents are enabled to lead healthy and productive lives.”
Since retiring Karen has become very involved with things NHS and social care, about which she is passionate. She sits on a variety of groups as a lay contributor including Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Appraisal Forum and Revalidation team.
Other roles include being a member of her Medical Centre Patient Group, the local area patient group, the Thames Valley and Milton Keynes Patient Experience Oversight Group, the local the Public Engagement subgroup of the Health and Wellbeing Board and the local Suicide Prevention group as well as contributing as a lay contributor on various research trials. Karen is a lay associate to the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and sits on the Oxford AHSN Learning Disability Advisory group. She is also involved locally with the homeless night shelter and sits on the Homeless Strategy group. Karren had completed the AHSN Learning Together course in 2016.
Karen is committed to equality of access to health and social care and that the citizen voice is heard across groups which represent and take decisions about/for them.
We’re delighted that Dr Adrian Barker will be strengthening our board with his knowledge and experience. Dr Adrian Barker is an ex lay member of the CCG.