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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.


Vacant

 

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

Background/experience

 


Margaret Parker

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

Background/experience

I feel that I could help to improve The Dudley Group services for the whole of the Dudley community. I am committed to improving care and treatment over the whole community, in all areas. I have been working for the past 30 years for the NHS as a nurse in the Dudley area. For the last 17 years I was a JP (magistrate) in both Dudley and Wolverhampton, having retired in 2018. I was born, and have lived in Dudley all my life. I have a vast knowledge of the area, and I have a good understanding of people’s needs. I have good communication skill, and I am a good team member.  I also have good problem solving skills.

I am looking for a new challenge, and feel that after working in the nursing and civil servant community, this would be ideal for me to get involved more in the development of the governor role. I feel I can make a positive contribution to the Trust, whilst also representing the views of the members to the best of my ability.


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.


Ann Marsh

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 have been a dietitian for 35 years and worked in Dudley for 33 of these. I am passionate about working in Dudley and being an Allied Health Professional (AHP). I feel honoured to represent AHPs and Health care scientists as a Trust staff governor.

Allied Health Professionals and Health Care Scientists (HCS) are a diverse group of highly trained autonomous practitioners that form a key part of multidisciplinary teams.

Allied Health Professionals and Health care scientists deliver high quality patient care; assessing, diagnosing, treating and discharging patients from primary prevention though to specialist disease management and rehabilitation.

I strongly believe that multidisciplinary team working is important for best patient care and want to highlight and promote the role of AHPs and Healthcare Scientists in the Trust.

My other love is food and providing patients with tasty nutritious food which they want to eat. This is important for patient’s recovery and to provide them with a positive experience of our Trust.