The Health Round Table was set up in 2012 so that patients would have a simple way of making their views known to Telford and Wrekin’s new Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The Health Round Table consists of around 12 members, each a representing a local organisation supporting patients or having a concern in health matters. These include groups that support people with long-term conditions or have a disability or mental health needs, as well as carers.
This network has regularly been feeding its opinions to the CCG since its inception.
Although it was only originally formed for a six month period as the CCG took over responsibilities from the Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trust, consideration is now being given to establishing the Health Round Table on a permanent basis.
Find out more about the members of the Health Roundtable below:
I am a founder member of Telford & Wrekin Health Roundtable which is a subgroup of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), set up to give a voice to patients and residents of Telford & Wrekin and to give the commissioners and decision makers a chance to hear the voice, within Health Care and Wellbeing Services.
I have lived in Telford since 1979 raising three sons here. During this time I have been a user of many of the services provided and I have been a volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau, Samaritans and Link.
I was a professional trainer, mentor, assessor and verifier within Learning and Development. I managed a team of over 70 and ran several Assessment Centres whilst Externally Verifying for Awarding Bodies. After taking early retirement I ran my own business for 10 years.
I feel passionately that everyone should have an equality of opportunity, which drives me within the Health Roundtable. I was the patient representative on the Equality Delivery System (EDS) Steering Group and the Future Fit Programme Board.
If you have the same passion come and join me.
Prior to retirement in 2003 I had 37 years professional experience in teaching and external examinerships (German/Swedish) and European student recruitment in the university sector, and many years conducting and setting language exams and assessments for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Diplomatic Service, Royal Society of Arts and the Associated Examining Board. I have been a resident of Telford since September 1988 where I still live with my civil partner. I have been a volunteer at the local office of the Terrence Higgins Trust (AIDS/HIV support and sexual health education) since 2005 where I have been involved with outreach work and administration. I volunteer as a steward in the Granary Art Gallery at Weston Park and also work in the education department there in delivering World War II presentations for visiting primary schools. I am a member of the Dawley Medical Practice Patient User Group and represent that group on the T&W Health Roundtable and the T&W Patients’ Participation Group. With the most radical changes to the delivery of healthcare currently in progress, I feel it is important that the widest spectrum of end users are actively involved, together with clinical experts, in some of the decision making processes. This cooperation will hopefully ensure that the service provided is in the best interests of patients and other user groups. Open and frank discussions and exchange of ideas together with a free flow of relevant information between all the interested parties, fora and interest groups, as is envisaged for T&W, will in no small measure contribute to ensuring that the services provided under the new NHS umbrella from April 2013 are patient-centred, accountable, effective and financially efficient. The T&W Health Roundtable is a vehicle for the residents of T&W to have a voice in the future planning of health care for T&W.
Born and bred in Brecon. Father was a regular in the army. Moved to Germany when age11 and then Scarborough and Catterick. Joined the RAF age 16 as an Electrical Aircraft Apprentice for 3 years. On completing my training served on Christmas Island, Singapore and Cyprus. I served on Bomber Command, Air Sea Rescue and Maintenance Command before taking a teaching role at RAF.Cosford. I successfully gained an HNC in Electrical Engineering and a DMS during this time. I was diagnosed with systemic heart disease age 37.
Left the RAF and joined Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd. age 40 as a Training Specialist. I became Training. Mgr. and then Recruitment Mgr. I started running Assessment Centres and training assessors. I qualified to run Ability and Psychometric tests. With the introduction of ISO 9001 ran seminars for the Management of our supply companies who needed to adopt ISO 9001 to meet our requirements. I became HR Auditor/Specialist which entailed carrying out internal and external audits, training new HR auditors and developing new procedures. I was a member of Wolverhampton Equal Opportunities Group while Training Manager. I successfully gained an MBA during my time as Recruitment Mgr. and retired age 64 following a further heart operation.
“My name is Jayne Stevens, I’m have been a member of the Health Roundtable since it started. I work for a local charity – PODS (Parents Opening Doors) Parent Carer Forum as their Participation Co-ordinator and have recently completed a Ba(Hons) degree in Social Care and Social Policy. Married to Lee, we’ve lived in South Telford for 20 years. We have a teenage son with a disability (Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety and Sensory Integration Difficulties) and I also care for my mum, who lives with us due to poor health – I’m what is often referred to as a ‘sandwich carer’. Whilst my life is a busy one I am passionate about improving the health outcomes of the wider population of Telford and Wrekin, particularly those with disabilities and additional needs”
I grew up in Wales and moved to Telford in 1986. I have three adult children and 4 beautiful grandchildren who fill my life with joy and happiness.
I describe myself as a cancer survivor and have been involved in cancer as a patient representative since 2006. I work voluntarily at both a local and national level, working to improve the experience of cancer patients and their families.
I love baking, sewing, reading and am quite happy cutting, glueing and glittering with the grandchildren.
Trained as a Teacher.
Worked in Rome looking after and teaching English to 2 children.
Worked in Civil Service mainly as a Procurement/Contracts Officer until taking early retirement to care for my mother who lived with dementia.
With both parents living with different types of dementia at different times, my caring role lasted over a period of 15 years.
Trained as a Carer Educator for Dementia UK in 2012/2013 - pilot project in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire where carers contributed their experiences to workshops attended by care professionals. I am now a co-director with the dementia trainer from this project of the Community Interest Company 'Carers Educate' based on this successful model.
Currently in role as Carers’ Co-ordinator for the Dementia Action Alliance’s ‘Carers Call to Action’. Also involved in the Royal College of Nursing's 'Transforming dementia care for hospitals' development programme as a carer representative.
Groups and Committees: Carers Partnership Board (Chair), Health Round Table (carers’ representative), Local Health Economy Patient Engagement Sub Group, Admiral Nursing Advisory Group, Carers Forum Advisory Group, Listen not Label, various sub groups from the Carers Partnership Board including Healthy Eating and improving opportunities for Employment/Education/Wellbeing for carers and former carers.
Dementia UK’s Uniting Carers & Dementia Action Alliance (National).
Interests: History, music, travel, home improvements, healthy eating, carers/former carers’ issues.
I am member of the Health Roundtable, in my capacity as a volunteer for Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin. My background is in working with children and in mental health. I was also a member of the Community Health Council, many years ago. The NHS is changing, as is Social Care and I am pleased that as service users we have the ability to work with these services, and to have our patient voice heard. I always try to think of the wider community, not just the local situation.
Hi my name is Derek Hall, I am married to a wonderful woman with 3 grown up sons. I have lived in Telford for 30 years and like it here, I don't work due to having an Arachnoid Cyst in the brain which caused me a few problems, so I have used the health service quite regularly and will still carry on to use the NHS services in the future. I don't like to leave things half done and I can be very persistent about things I am involved in. I also like helping out wherever I can.
My name is Maria Raisbeck and I am originally from the Phillipines. I have lived in Telford since 1988 and am married with two children and three grandchildren. I provide primary care for a family member who is suffering from a chronic degenerative condition. While working at the Princess Royal Hospital, my roles included Healthcare Assistant and Administration Assistant. I attended the University of Wolverhampton as a mature student, gaining a B.A. in business studies in 2011. My involvement with "One World", an organisation that encourages communication and friendship between ethnic groups, has led to an outreach project that supports BME groups, promoting social integration and cohesion.
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