Healthwatch Bury CIC Board Members
Ruth Passman – ‘My ambition for 2020/ 21 is to help Healthwatch Bury to be better known and understood locally and to become a ‘go to’ organisation for all our communities.
I am deeply committed to improving health and care services in Bury, where I have lived for many years. I am a carer, I have personal experience of accessing healthcare in Bury on behalf of myself and my family and I have over twenty years of experience of working in the Department of Health and as a senior executive in the NHS. This knowledge and experience is of value to me in this role.
I always strive to ensure that people are put at the centre of decisions about their own health and care and that the lived experience of patients and carers is valued.
Since I was elected to the Healthwatch Board in September 2019, I have worked with the members and Directors of Healthwatch Bury to champion healthcare service improvement and strengthen the voice of patients and the public in shaping health and care services. I have striven to ensure that the patient voice is heard when local services are being reconfigured and that this contribution makes a positive difference.
2019/2020 has been an unprecedented year and everyone has had to respond swiftly and with agility to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has led to changes to healthcare services being made at pace and without the usual opportunity to go through consultation processes. One of the harsh realities that Covid-19 has shone a light upon is inequalities within the NHS and health inequalities. Digital provision has kept us safe but we mustn’t leave anyone behind on the hard shoulder of the information superhighway or we shall further widen health inequalities and inequity in access to and outcomes from services.
Healthcare services need to be transformed, designed around individual needs, joined up, well- integrated and cost effective, however at times of change, we must ensure the patient and public voice is heard and makes services stronger, of higher quality and above all, patient-centred.
I have significant experience in policy development and health service delivery. I have been involved with developing and monitoring/ supporting the implementation of dignity in care, end of life care and elder care policy. I have work also within the field of patient and public involvement in healthcare. I am interested in how we can support the healthcare system to work more closely with the voluntary and community sector in Bury to draw upon the knowledge of the local groups including those supporting people who have experienced mental health issues, people who live with autism, learning disability or a long term condition.
I am committed to promoting volunteering, influencing policy and in ensuring Healthwatch can be even more effective in collecting, interpreting and using local healthcare data to identify any gaps in service provision or groups struggling to gain timely access to quality healthcare. I am committed to equality and diversity in healthcare and have commissioned, co-designed and delivered equality and health inequalities impact training to NHS England and CCG staff to help them identify ways to have a positive impact upon how their services are delivered equitably and how they are reducing the health inequalities experienced by their patient groups. I always try to advocate for those whose are seldom heard and reduce the multiple barriers that some people face when accessing services or having their views taken into account’.
Alan Norton – ‘I am an experienced and charismatic leader with great credibility as an expert in disabled living. I have had a successful business career and brought commercial acumen into my roles in the voluntary sector. I am now a respected champion of disabled people with an excellent national network of experts. I marry a passion for improving the lives of disabled people with realism and a pragmatic approach to delivering practical solutions to difficult challenges for people living with disability. As a result I am respected and valued by the disabled community, policy makers and politicians’.
Tan Ahmed – ‘Having been Chief Officer of ADAB for over 10 years, I have a track record of engaging with people from the minority ethnic communities. Our overall vision is to support people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, including new and emerging refugees and asylum seekers. We help to build their confidence and independence to enable them to access vital services and to become more active in the community. We aim to broaden their knowledge and skills and assist them to move into education, training or employment; improve their health and wellbeing and develop their sense of belonging as a responsible and valued citizen of Bury.
In fact, we have a similar remit to Healthwatch Bury, aiming to provide a service to all the residents of Bury MBC’.