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Staff elected governors

Michelle Porter

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Partner Organisations
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I joined the NHS in 1986 as a temp in the Sterile Services Department at Walsall Manor Hospital for 6 weeks during the College summer holidays. I loved every minute of my time there, and luckily for me they liked me too and offered me a permanent job, which I accepted, much to my parents disappointment as they wanted me to complete my courses.

In 1991 I applied for a Supervisors role, again within the Sterile Services Department at Russells Hall and then went on to progress to a Deputy Manager, then to the Managers position for the department. In 2008 I approached the Account Director in Interserve to see if they would fund for me to undertake a Masters Healthcare degree to which they agreed. I didn’t realise at the time how difficult it was to hold a full time job and juggle a degree would be. The experience taught me such a lot about life and coping with situations. I passed and what a feeling I experienced when I collected my certificate in my cap and gown, my family was so proud and my Dad said on that day, I am so glad you didn’t listen to your old Dad’s advice and you followed your heart. Interserve then promoted me to the Soft Services Manager for the support services. This has enabled me to learn so much about the patient’s journey and allowed me to work closer with the Trust.

I am now looking forward to the role of a Governor and hope it will allow me to learn even more about the patient and staff journeys.


Dr Syed Anas Gilani

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Allied Health Professionals and Health Care Scientists
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I qualified as a Pharmacist overseas (Pakistan) then moved to UK in 2008 after completion of Doctorate in Pharmacy. Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society Great Britain, currently I am working as Principal Pharmacist Antimicrobial Therapy at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust since Jan 2018 and lead the antimicrobial stewardship service across the Trust.

I have previously worked at multiple NHS Trusts across South and East of England as Infections/antimicrobial specialist Pharmacist and lead the antimicrobial stewardship/resistance services.

I am actively involved in clinical research mainly around infections a member of UKCPA (United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacist association). I am also a tutor/ Clinical supervisor for Foundation Pharmacists and deliver teaching sessions for Medical and Nursing staff.

I have been heavily involved in setting up Covid-19 clinical studies at Russells hall hospital and the STP wide Covid-19 vaccination service.

I am a lucky father of 3 (a boy and 2 girls) and avid cricket lover.


Vacant

 

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Nursing and Midwifery
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

 


Vacant

 

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Nursing and Midwifery
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

 


Jill Faulkner

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Non-Clinical Staff
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I was born in the south of England (Kent) but now live in the Staffordshire Moorlands. I have two grown up sons and a pooch called Brian. I have been in the NHS for 24 years but previous to that I was in the armed forces in the Women’s Royal Army Corp (Intelligence Corp). I first trained in the NHS as a counsellor and worked in mental health organisations before moving into management.

As the head of patient experience my role encompasses complaints, PALS, patient experience, volunteers, chaplains and the arts and environment group. I was also a ‘speak up champion’ until taking on the role of staff elected governor.

I will use my leadership skills and credibility as a governor to support staff to reach their ultimate potential in their chosen fields. I will be an ambassador for the Trust promoting its innovative staff and their excellent work to provide high quality patient care.


Louise Smith

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Nursing and Midwifery
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I trained as a Registered General Nurse at the Birmingham College of Nurse Education, qualifying in 1995. Since then, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings at the Dudley Group Foundation Trust, including medicine, surgery and more recently, in operating theatres and post-anaesthetic care.

I have lived in the Dudley Borough all my life and have a keen interest in our hospitals. I understand who our patients are and their varying and diverse needs. I am proud of our Black Country Heritage and the strength of our local community.

I am passionate about the NHS and I support the Trust Vision and Values in particular, to be able to deliver a great patient experience to the local population.

I feel privileged to have been appointed as a staff governor. I hope to inspire my colleagues at the Dudley Group Foundation Trust to take an active role in the essential decision-making process, in order that we can continue to deliver safe and caring services to all who need us.


Dr Atef Michael

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Medical and Dental
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I would like to improve and keep the high standard of service provided to The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust patients. With the high demand and intense pressure with restraint on resources it is crucial not to compromise the high standard of care.

I have been a consultant physician and geriatrician in The Trust since 2006 and over the years I have had many roles and responsibilities.

Being a general physician I worked closely with nearly all the specialties in the Trust and I enjoy excellent working relationship, based on mutual respect and appreciation, with colleagues.

I led Care of the Elderly Department for six years and working with my colleagues we introduced many services including Frail Elderly Assessment Unit, Dementia Unit and community input as well. Also working cohesively with my orthopaedic colleagues we started the Orthogeriatric Unit in 2006; one of the very early units in the UK, and for years it has been a center of excellence.

On an academic level, I have always aimed to raise the academic and teaching profile of the Trust. I published widely, based on work done in the Trust with consultant colleagues, in high impact journals and presented nationally and internationally.


Louise Deluca

Constituency: Staff Elected
Representing area: Allied Health Professionals and Health Care Scientists
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I am grateful to have been elected as a Staff Governor and to have the opportunity to develop a better understanding, and actively participate to help support the Trust to better serve its community.

I feel I will be a great addition to the Council of Governors, as a Freedom To Speak Up and Patient Safety Champion within the Trust, it is important to have a voice, challenge and make a positive contribution for those who I represent.

I currently work as a physiotherapist in outpatients and have been redeployed across the wider Trust over the last year, providing a unique experience working with those I would not normally.