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Meet Our Members

Meet Our Members

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Here are the biographies of our council members.



Carole Johnstone - Chair of the Council of Members
Carole Johnstone

Biography:
Career: I started my working career with Humberside SS a job I enjoyed and learnt a lot from. Circumstances made a move to the West Midlands, back to college and a career with MEB (Midlands Electricity Board) as a Business Analyst and a parallel career teaching, where I have taught at several colleges in the evenings and my MEB work during the day, I have almost retired now but still do a little teaching which I love, at various National Quilt shows, at groups and on a Facebook page.

Work at New Cross: I have been involved with the Dementia ward at New Cross since the first day where the consultant impressed me with his ‘can do’ and ‘muck in’ attitude and felt straight away that this was an organisation I wished to be part of, I can be found on the ward on Fridays where I hope I help patients, visitors and staff in my small way.

Personal: I take an active role in the local community being a committee member of the U3A (University of the Third Age), the Tettenhall institute, work with local children in local schools mentoring, and regularly attend PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meetings.

I have always been interested in the mind since my days with Social Services and continue to take an active interest in keeping my brain active and have recently organised and attended a memory course.

Reason for becoming a Council of Member: 
My aim on being part of this group is to bring my life skills and experiences to the group. With the increasing demand for resources I hope I can help keep this brilliant hospital at its best and dare I say take on improvements.

Key Areas of Interest:
All areas really, I am just interested in improvement of the NHS in general, I think New Cross is brilliant at most things and better than most, but should always be looking at improvements, keeping up to date and be aware of what society needs and expects.

Aim:
My aim on being part of this group is to bring my life skills and experiences to the group. With the increasing demand for resources I hope I can help keep this brilliant hospital at its best and dare I say take on improvements.

John Homer - Vice-Chair of the Council of Members
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Biography:
With a degree in Chemistry I spent most of my working life as a technical trouble shooter in the chemical raw materials industry.

Reason for becoming a Council of Member:
My association with the hospital began as a result of the poor experience suffered by my mother in law, who had dementia, in the hospital. I was asked to become involved with the setting up of the then new dementia ward C22. Since then I've been involved in promoting the care of patients with dementia whilst working as a volunteer on A7, the female elderly care ward.

Aim:
Membership of the Council of Members will enable me to have a further input into improving patient care, for especially the elderly and people with dementia which has always been my objective, ever since I started working as a volunteer at the hospital nearly 8 years ago as result of the experience with my mother in law.

Allan Hargreaves
Council of Members: Allan Hargreaves

Biography:
Recently retired, by profession I am a civil engineer with an MBA qualification. I have spent my working life carrying out and managing the strategy development, marketing, design and implementation of large national and international infrastructure projects up to £200m value.

I am a keen walker and mountaineer, and spend as much of my spare time as I can in the mountains.

Reason for and aims in becoming a Council Member:
My brother and son are both doctors, and I have a long-standing interest in healthcare. This interest has been heightened by recent involvement in the healthcare system as a patient or patient relative.

I believe that health and social care policy and provision is one of the largest challenges our country and communities face in the coming years, and wish to be involved, in however small a way, in helping address this challenge. Resource demands will undoubtedly increase, and the non-partisan support of the entire community will be necessary if general agreement is to be reached on how the NHS is best supported. It seems clear that a fundamental aspect of gaining that support is the engagement of the community in the work of NHS trusts, so that it has a deeper understanding of trusts’ work and challenges.

I hope to be able to make use of my project management experience in participating in the work of the Council. I am particularly interested in effectiveness and efficiency through participant engagement and well-structured processes.

Michael Hough
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Biography:
I have worked as an assistant manager of a social club, and more recently have worked for West Midlands Fire Service as a community risk reduction officer and the community membership coordinator.  I also volunteer for West Midlands Fire Service as an officer in charge of Wolverhampton Fire Cadets. 

Reason for becoming a Council of Member:
My association with the hospital began as a result of the poor experience suffered by my mother in law, who had dementia, in the hospital.  I was asked to become involved with the setting up of the then new dementia ward C22.  Since then I've been involved in promoting the care of patients with dementia whilst working as a volunteer on A7, the female elderly care ward.

Aim:
Membership of the Council of Members will enable me to have a further input into improving patient care, for especially the elderly and people with dementia which has always been my objective, ever since I started working as a volunteer at the hospital nearly 8 years ago as result of the experience with my mother in law.

Roger Johnstone
Council of Members: Roger Johnstone

Biography:
I am retired from two careers - firstly, 33 years in the IT department of Midlands Electricity, and then 10 years in the training department of West Midlands Police.

I am an outpatient at New Cross's Ophthalmology Department, and am a volunteer looking after the garden on ward C22. I also attend the Digital Innovation Group, and the Formal Complaints Review Panel.

I am involved with the Wolverhampton U3a, and my interests include music, current affairs and politics, reading, cars, and sport.

Bhajan Singh Devsi
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Biography: 
Born in India and after completing schooling I came to UK in June 1960. I studied for mechanical engineering and later on obtained two post graduate qualifications in management. I worked in industry for 20 years at different levels, from engineering apprentice to senior project manager. I joined Wolverhampton Health Care Trust in February 1996, later on known as Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust (PCT), as a senior manager for fourteen years before retiring in 2010.

Reason for becoming a Council of Member and aim:
I believe the NHS endeavours to provide clinical excellence, a safe and caring sensitive service and promote good health to everybody in the local community. I believe as a voice from the Wolverhampton community I will contribute through feedback from service users in order to enhance their journey.

Vivienne Watson-Douglas
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Biography:
Prior to becoming a nurse I was a frontline receptionist for a steel stockholding company in West Bromwich. I enquired to Dudley Guest Hospital regarding the pathway to become a nurse, undertook the training and qualified as a nurse in 1977. I have had an extensive career as a nurse, working in different departments. I married in September 2014, and returned to work in Wolverhampton in June 2015, where I took the post of registered manager for a local nursing care home in Wolverhampton.

Reason for becoming a Council of Member and aim:
My reason for joining is to have a greater understanding of the strategies that govern care delivery in Wolverhampton. This position will also enable me to give different aspects of care delivery from various service users perspective and consumers of health services including my own. I want to continue to make a difference in quality outcomes of care for all recipients.

Key Areas of Interest:
My area of interest is front line care – care homes/community care services/dementia care services/complaints and quality.

David Winston
Council of Members: David Winston

Biography:
I was born in Manchester and my university education was in Applied Biology as a first degree and Environmental Monitoring and Occupational Health at Masters level.

I have a varied teaching career profile in both further and higher education in science and language teaching.

I have taught all three sciences: biology and chemistry to tertiary level.

I have taught English for Academic Purposes for several subjects including Nursing and Public Health and would like to become involved in teaching English for Medicine and enhance my language teaching experience in applied aspects of health care such as nursing and public health.

I have also been involved in the design and delivery of teacher development courses both in the UK and overseas.

I am also an examiner with almost twenty years’ experience with International Baccalaureate.

I have an interest in course design and materials development in a range of educational contexts and in professional skills sharing.

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