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Meet Your Governors

39 Governors sit on the Council of Governors and represent the Trust's public and staff constituencies and stakeholder organisations. Find out more about them here, including how to contact them and share your views.

If you would like to contact any of our Governors, please use the link below and start your message 'message for Governor Name'

cdda-tr.governors@nhs.net

Occasionally, Governors may seek views of members on specific issues and details of these can be found on the 'related publications' links on this page.

Public Governors

The Public Governors represent the geographic area covered by the Trust and this is split into nine constituencies:

Chester-le-Street - Kathryn Featherstone

Kathryn Featherstone

Kathryn Featherstone qualified as a pharmacist in 1983. She spent 16 years working as a community pharmacist and pharmacy proprietor before also taking on practice pharmacist work in 1999 and becoming involved with her local PCT, spending time as a pharmacist on the professional executive committee. She later became Head of Medicines Management at South Tyneside PCT for almost four years until September 2007 and then worked as a consultant, primarily with the two Local Pharmaceutical Committees in NHS South of Tyne & Wear, where she was Secretary of Sunderland LPC. She is Clinical Lead for Intelligent Prescribing Solutions Ltd, a company providing prescribing support services to GP practices.  Kathryn helped set up the Listening Friends scheme, a telephone help-line for pharmacists under stress and was one of the National co-ordinators for 20 years. When not at work, Kathryn has a caravan near Bamburgh on the North East coast where (weather permitting) she enjoys beach walks. Favourite thing to do - swim with dolphins - but in warmer water than the UK! 

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Chester-le-Street - Carmen Martin-Ruiz

Carmen Martin-RuizJoined the Trust as a member in 2012 and elected for the Council of Governors in January 2013.  Born in Madrid, Spain, Carmen graduated in Biology from the University of Granada, Spain in 1991 and after a Masters in Biochemistry she then moved to Paris for her PhD in Human Physiology.  In 1998, she moved to the UK to work with the Medical Research Council Unit at the Newcastle General Hospital.  Carmen has been involved in several UK and international research projects studying Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, autism and vascular dementia, and more recently, the general aging process.  Since 2006 she has been part of the Newcastle 85+ study, studying in great detail, the health of those aged 85+ and how different health paths associate with biological, clinical and social factors.  More recently, Carmen has become part of the Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Unit as manager of the Biomarker Lab searching for molecular markers of ageing that can then be used to inform clinicians.   Carmen has first hand personal experience of the wide range of NHS services from GP practice and initial diagnosis to bereavement counselling and as a mother of two little girls, knows the complexities of child health care and the need for good communication between patients / relatives and professionals.

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Darlington - Dr John Sloss

John Sloss

John qualified as a doctor in 1977.  After a varied career, he eventually specialised as a Medical Microbiologist.  john served in the Regular Army from 1980 until 2001 reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  John was appointed a Consultant at Darlington Memorial Hospital in 2001 and retired in 2016.  He was both Chair of ther Medical Advisory Committee and Clinical Director of Pathology during that time.  He has; two daughters - both nurses; an allotment and volunteers with the British Red Cross and RSPD.

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Darlington - Borsha Sarker

Borsha Sarker

Personal Statement

My election summary stated - In voting for me you will get an ex-staff member, ex-staff Governor, local resident and local patient who cares!

"I am delighted to have been elected and wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who voted for me. I hope to represent the Darlington Public Constituency members effectively".

Biography

Borsha has worked as a Radiographer/Sonographer in the NHS since 1986, including DMH Radiology from 1995-1997, so is familiar with this hospital. Her family served their entire careers in the NHS, her mother as a Scientist in Biochemistry and her father as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Manchester.

Her husband (Keith Gunning) spent 15 years as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Darlington Memorial Hospital until 2014 and has looked after many Darlington residents, staff members and was a CDDFT Staff Governor himself. They all live locally and have all been patients at DMH.

Borsha is proud of and believes in the NHS and its values and in treating people fairly and with respect, which is why she became an accredited (ERA) Trade Union Representative for Unison.

Borsha brings her previous experience as an FT Staff Governor at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust from 2005-2009. She has in the last year completed TUC qualifications in Employment Law, is a Company Director for gECHO ultrasound solutions limited and an elected member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS). Most recently she has been a  part time employee at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, Gateshead Health NHSFT and BMI Woodlands Hospital, Darlington.

Borsha believes that NHS changes are heading for regional centralisation, around the geography of Teesside, Wearside and Tyneside and is concerned that vital local services remain in Darlington as far as possible. She has links with members of Darlington Rotary Club, current/previous staff members from CDDFT and the Hospital League of Friends. She welcomes contact from members.

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Darlington - Michael Denham

Michael Denham

Michael is a retired business man, who has lived in Darlington all his life.  He is married with three daughters, one a doctor and one a nurse.

Michael feels that the NHS is very important to all of us and he hopes that he can help to see that it continues to serve us all well.

 

 

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Derwentside - Ethel Armstrong

Ethel ArmstrongEthel joined the NHS as an employee in 1948, serving a multi-disciplinary career spanning 42 years until retirement in 1990.  She has worked and lived in England, Scotland and Wales during her career.  Now a member of the NHS Retirement Fellowship from 1990 to date, Ethel has served a total of 68 years service between the NHS and the registered charity.  During her time with the charity, Ethel has served as Chairman of the Durham branch, a National Vice-Chairman, Chairman then National President.  She was elected by the membership as their Life Patron in July 2015.  Previously Ethel has served terms of office as a Governor of the Newcastle NHS FT and has worked with Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, as well as the South Tees NHS FT.  She is passionate, enthusiastic and committed to the present day NHS and the charity which provides a link between the transition from working in the NHS to retirement for retirees for any discipline.

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Derwentside - David Lindsay

David Lindsay

Freelance journalist and community activist, based in Lanchester.  David is a regular user of the NHS and is passionately committed to it and to his local community.

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Derwentside - currently vacant

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Durham City - Cliff Duff

Cliff Duff

Born and brought up in East Durham, Cliff has over 30 years' experience in Architecture both designing, managing and delivering housing regeneration and architectural projects for private and public sector organisations. 

Cliff is currently employed by Durham County Council on a range of housing projects in the fields of fuel poverty, affordable warmth and national domestic energy conservation programmes.

Cliff has an MA in Socio Cultural Anthropology from Durham University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building. 

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Durham City - Carole Reeves

Carole Reeves

Carole has worked as a librarian and teacher and in publishing.  She has lived in Durham since 1976. 

Carole is a founder member of Keep Our NHS Public County Durham.

 

 

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Durham City - Dr Richard Scothon

Richard ScothonWith a County Durham family background stretching to the 1700s, it is little wonder Richard has an active interest in the health care and welfare of County Durham and Darlington people.  His research background into the psychosocial needs of people with SEN has led Richard at first hand, to see the way in which the NHS impacts on our local people.   Taking his professional experience into the NHS gives him the opportunity to assist in making sure that the best delivery is given to the many people who use and rely on Trust facilities and expertise. Richard is a presiding Justice in Court and sits on Appeals in the Crown Court in addition to being a law graduate.  This position gives him first hand experience of how the NHS impacts on the lives of people within the legal system.  Not only that, but his business background enables him to oversee and understand the financial well-being of the Trust at a time when our NHS services face enormous financial and professional challenges.   Durham University benefits from Richard's knowledge and understanding of the sociological and psychological ethical challenges that applied researchers face, as he assists in a lay-advisory role.   Durham's research helps highlight the challenges that face some of our local communities and this work helps Richard better understand the NHS's place in those neighborhoods.  Married with two school-aged children, Richard counts health and fitness amongst his keen interests.  

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Easington - Chris Boyd

Chris BoydChris is a retired Science Teacher who taught for over 32 years.  He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Physics with Electronics (Liverpool University) and a PGCE Teaching Certificate.  In his early twenties he served as a local parish councillor.  Chris was a member of the National Union of Teachers and served as a Teacher's School Governor and Health and Safety representative. 

As a frequent user of NHS Services because of several lifelong chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and psoriatic arthritis, Chris would like to give back a little for the excellent servce and treatments received.  Suffering a stroke over two years ago, he received treatment from a team of dedicated professionals and this led him to consider contributing to improving the effectiveness of local NHS services in some way, as he feels it can often look confusing and complex.  He has taken part in an active drug trial for a new psoriasis treatment and has also helped in the training of medical students at James Cook University Hospital.

Chris and his wife have three adult children and presently one grandchild.  Since the NHS has been vital to the health and wellbeing of all of his family, Chris is keen to support it in whatever way he can.

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Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland - currently vacant

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Hambleton, Richmondshire and Tees Valley - currently vacant

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Sedgefield - Henry Ballantyne

Henry BallantyneHenry is a retired, married man with 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.  Originally he was a Professional Engineer employed by Rolls Royce, Chrysler Cummins and other well-known companies.  Following this he became a Probation Officer, NSPCC Inspector, Local Authority Court Officer, Law Lecturer and a Hospital Manager (Mental Health).  He has attended Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham universities and obtained a National Certificate in Engineering, the CQSW in Social work, a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a Law Degree (LLB).  Henry has always been a part-time musician playing piano in the Big Bands, the accordion and recently, the trombone in brass bands.

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Sedgefield - currently vacant

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Sedgefield - currently vacant

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Wear Valley and Teesdale - Dr Ken Davison

Ken Davison

Born in North Shields, Ken was educated at RGS Newcastle 1951 to 1958 and then Kings College, University of Durham 1958 to 1962 (B.Sc, Dip.Ed).  Following this, he taught at King David's School, Liverpool 1962 to 1964; Burnt Mill Comp School 1964 to 1969 (Head of Biology); Little Ilford Comp 1969 to 1972 (head of Science); King Harold Comp 1972 to 1975 (Deputy Head); Bishop Barrington Comp, Bishop Auckland (Headmaster; introduced Computers in School, helped develop Computer Timetabling in Durham Schools), 1975 to 1990; His professional career finished at Thomas More School, Frensham, Surrey (a boarding school for boys with learning & behavioural difficulties),1990 to 1992 (head of Maths and Science). 

Ken was awarded an MSc 1971, at Birkbeck College, University of London; he was then awarded a PHD in 1996.  Ken is also a Member of the Royal Society of Biology; a Chartered Biologist; a Fellow of the Linnean Society; a Fellow of the College of Preceptors; and a Fellow of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers.  Additionally, he has been involved in charitable work with Crook Rotary Club, Our Lady Immaculate and St Cuthbert's RC Church.

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Wear Valley and Teesdale - Alan Cartwright

Alan CartwrightElected as a Public Governor in 2017, Alan, is a retired lecturer and college manager.  He is married to Denese with two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.  He currently works part time as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.  Alan's professional background is in Technical Vocational Training, Higher Education and Management.  A Senior Lecturer and Manager at Newcastle College for 23 years.  Trained as an Electronics Engineer and worked in engineering companies, such as Northern Engineering Industries (NEI).  Prior to taking up a lecturing post at Newcastle College is 1982, worked as a Senior Research Engineer at the International Research and Development Company (IRD).

Awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977, a Certificate of Education in 1983 and completed a Master of Business Administration Degree in 1992.  Public service includes, an elected member of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council in the 1990s and as a Magistrate for 21 years on the South Northumbria Bench.  A Rotarian and Past president of Crook Rotary Club, currently the club's International Chairman.

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Wear Valley and Teesdale - currently vacant

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Staff Governors

Staff Governors represent the staff group they belong to:

Admin, Clerical and Managers - Neil Williams

Neil WilliamsNeil is the Trust's PFI Manager.  He is passionate about the NHS and became a Governor to help influence the future of services provided.  He also has experience of being a Governor in the education system and knows the importance that the role of a Governor in a healthcare setting has on the impact and outcomes of the health and wellbeing of the people in the communities served.

 

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AHPs, Professional & Technical and Pharmacists - Kevin Tromans

Kevin Tromans

Born and brought up in Yorkshire, Kevin spent his early working life teaching at Bedford School, and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. This was followed by spells in inner city schools in Bradford where the impact of poor health and illness, even among children, was very evident.  Ordained in 1994/5 he served in a number of parishes in the Bradford and Wakefield areas, most of them in Urban Priority Areas, where again effects of physical illness and mental ill health were clearly apparent.  Having experienced significant episodes of healthcare first hand and having a passion for the NHS and the great good it seeks to provide to the community, Kevin came to the trust as Chaplain in 2007, becoming Lead Chaplain in 2012. He became a Governor in 2014 to play his part in ensuring that staff, many of whom work behind the scenes, are well-represented in the Trust. 

Being a Governor has provided him with a good insight into the workings of the Trust as its direction is formulated and challenged during times of real change and financial constraint.  As the lead Chaplain in the Trust, Kevin is known to many staff and is keen to ensure staff views are expressed to the council of governors and thereby to the board; and to help assure staff of the real value in which they are held by the organisation.  Kevin is married to Katherine who works in funeral care, and they have a daughter Helen. Outside of work Kevin enjoys reading, mainly history and novels/thrillers (Scandi-drama is particularly good at present); running; skiing, horse riding, the allotment, jam making (with allotment fruits) and Christmas cake making!

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Ancillary - Ronnie Nicholson

Ronnie Nicholson

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Community based - Kevin Morley

Kevin MorleyKevin is an enthusiastic member of a Multi-Professional Community Matron's team, which he joined in 2015. He has successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at Teesside University, which led to his current position in the Trust.  Kevin has also completed RCN Representative and Stewards Modules and wishes to develop this role further in the future.

In 2014, Kevin was awarded a long service award for 20 years continuous service within the Trust of which he is very proud of receiving.  During his career Kevin has been given numerous opportunities, working as a Health Care Assistant and Chef at Winterton Hospital, which he found most enjoyable and rewarding. Also gaining valuable experience and good working knowledge through his work on the Elderly Care wards at Tindale Crescent Hospital and Children's Ward at Bishop Auckland Hospital, along with working in the School Health Community Team in Spennymoor and then transferring in to the Community Adult District Nursing team in Ferryhill and Spennymoor. "Making a difference to the experience of each individual patient" is what brings Kevin to work each day, focusing on the individual needs of each patient, he takes an active role in supporting staff in the work place to deliver the right care at the right time.

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Community based - currently vacant

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Medical - currently vacant

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Nursing and Midwifery - Michael Appleby

Michael Appleby

Michael has worked within the NHS and County Durham since 1986 and qualified as a nurse from Northumbria University in 2002, before that working a number of years as a Health Care Assistant.  Most of Michael's career has been spent working within a community setting, until he came into education and is present working as a Nurse Teaching Fellow within the trust.  He also represents the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) both locally and nationally and at present chair's the local branch within County Durham and Darlington, also acting as vice chair of the Northern Board of the RCN.  Michael became a staff Governor as he know's the importance of staff within the Trust having a voice at the top, someone to be able to voice concerns and be able to represent their views to the Trust Board on how healthcare could be delivered on a day to day basis. The communication between Trust Boards and their staff are vital for the Trust to succeed in today's healthcare environment.

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Nursing and Midwifery - Patricia Gordon

Patricia Gordon

Tricia is a registered nurse, who specialised in orthopaedic nursing and  has worked for CDDFT for most of her 35 year career. Her current role as Senior Nurse for Infection Control means she works across all sites and within both acute and community, making her visible and known to many staff.  She feels passionately about her role as Staff Governor as it helps her to influence and shape future developments and outcomes for patients and the nursing and midwifery staff she represents. Tricia feels the voice of nursing and midwifery staff should be heard as they need to feel valued and empowered to enable them to deliver the best care for our patients.  Tricia is married with three grown up children and lives in Darlington and in her spare time you will find her at the gym or with her head in a book.

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Nursing and Midwifery - Andrea Herkes

Andrea Herkes

Andrea is married and has an 18 year old step-son and three 'crazy dogs'.  She is employed by the Trust as an Associate Practitioner within Community Services and has recently been appointed to a new post within the acute services, based at UHND.  Andrea is looking forward to new challenges ahead, having commenced her NHS career in 1996 at South Tyneside District Hospital.  Andrea made the decision to nominate herself as a Staff Governor through a recommendation from a colleague who recognised Andrea's passion for ensuring patient care is high priority and that the fundamentals of safe patient care are facilitated.  The driving force to pursue the role was to understand the services available to the public.  Living in County Durham, Andrea is not only a member of staff but also likely to be a user of services.  She is eager to learn and engage within her capcity as Staff Governor, embracing challenging changes and also being involved in discussion and debate surrounding new innovations.Page break - green

Appointed Governors

We also have a number of Governors nominated by our stakeholder organisations.  Appointed Governors and the organisations they represent are as follows:

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Healthwatch (shared post): 

Dr Lakkur Murthy, Healthwatch Durham

Lakkur Murthy

Dr Robert Upshall, Healthwatch Darlington

Robert Upshall

A southerner originally, hailing from Bournemouth, Robert graduated as a doctor from University College Hospital in London in 1976.  After hospital jobs and GP training posts in Surrey and Hampshire, Robert arrived to join one of the practices operating out of Parkgate Health Centre in 1981.  The practice moved gradually to the Whinfield site from the following year eventually moving out of the Health Centre completely.  Robert continued in that practice as a partner, eventually senior partner, until 2011.  In addition to being a full time GP, Robert did consultancy work for Cleveland Bridge, for a number of years.  He also worked in the Psychiatry department at Darlington Memorial Hospital as a clinical assistant with a special interest in the Elderly Mentally Infirm for a number of years.  Robert worked as an emergency doctor with Healthcall Ltd from 1981 until 2003.  From 2003 until 2010, he worked with Durham Constabulary as a Forensic Medical Examiner (colloquially known as a police surgeon though one is neither police nor a surgeon!)  Robert was a member, latterly vice-chair, of County Durham and Darlington Local Medical Committee representing Darlington GPs from the 19802 until he retired.

Robert has two adult children - a daughter who is trained as an artist, teacher and psychologist who works for a homeless charity as a Health and Wellbeing Manager, and a son who is a musician performing in a local band and works for Darlington company EE.  Since retirement, Robert and his wife like to travel, spending time in his wife's home country, the USA, and for the last few years, he has been involved with Healthwatch Darlington Ltd, a registered charity, currently one of their directors and trustees.  Roberts maintains a strong interest in healthcare issues and is passionately concerned that locally it should be of the highest quality, available to all equitably and sensitive to the needs of the local population and that providers should be able to explain and justify their decisions to their patients both on an individual basis and to the population as a whole.  Robert was appointed to the Council of Governors by Healthwatch Darlington, and jointly with Dr Murthy, he takes turns to attend Council meetings representing both Healthwatch Darlington and Healthwatch Durham.

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Darlington Borough Council - Andy Scott

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Durham County Council - Joy Allen

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Joy is currently Durham County Council's Portfolio holder for Safer Communities and Chairs the Police and Crime Panel.  Before standing as a councillor Joy had been employed in the public sector for over 20 years, working for HM Forces, Police, County, District and Unitary Councils and the Fire and Rescue Service where she undertook various strategic and operational community safety management roles.   Before becoming a Councillor Joy worked for the Emergency Planning College as their National Account Manager which involved working with public, private and voluntary sectors and supporting organisations meet their business continuity and civil protection duties. 

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North East Ambulance Service - Jennifer Boyle

Jennifer holds the position of Trust Secretary at North East Ambulance Service NHS FT (NEAS), providing support to the Board of Directors and the NEAS' own Governors.  NEAS operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside providing 999, 111 and Patient Transport services.  Their partners include eight acute hospital trusts and twelve local unitary authorities, as well as the police and fire services in the North East.

Jennifer joined NEAS in May 2015, following seven and a half years with the professional services firm, Deloitte LLP. Whilst at Deloitte, Jennifer obtained the ACA chartered accountancy qualification and practiced as an external auditor before specialising in governance.  Jennifer has experience in undertaking governance reviews across a broad range of NHS organisations.

Jennifer is originally from County Durham and currently lives in Birtley.

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Local Medical Committee - Dr David Robertson

David graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and undertook GP vocational training with the Northumbria scheme that included a number of positions in CDDFT at various hospital sites.  David has been a GP for more than 25 years in places as varied as Northern Canada, Norwich and now Barnard Castle.  He has also held a number of non-clinical appointments ranging from Prescribing Advisor to Medical Director and now serves as the Honorary Secretary of County Durham and Darlington Local Medical Committee (the representative body for GPs in the area).

David is committed to supporting the traditional role of general practice at the heart of the NHS.

David is married with two teenage daughters.  Away from work he enjoys walking, cycling, woodworking, pyrotechnics and amateur dramatics.

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Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust - Patrick Scott

Patrick ScottPatrick has nearly 30 years' experience working within Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services as a clinician, manager and lecturer.  As a clinician Patrick specialised in the areas of crisis care and liaison psychiatry with a particular interest in self-harm and suicide prevention.  He believes strongly in the concept of parity of esteem for mental health and learning disabilities and the importance of developing a system wide approach to health and social care provision that draws on an understanding that care is at its most effective when the needs of the individual as a whole are considered, acknowledging the relationship between physical and mental health needs.

Patrick sees his role as supporting the development of strong partnership working across the boundaries of health and social care provision, keeping the individual very much at the centre of discussions regarding how services can be best delivered.

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Local Universities - Gordon Mitchell

Gordon MitchellGordon is currently the Associate Dean for Marketing and Recruitment, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University. This involves responsibility for all recruitment of Health and Social Care professionals within the school; however, Gordon's professional background is in nursing and he started his nurse training in 1980 in Glasgow and undertook his general and mental health nursing qualifications.

Gordon has lived in the County Durham area for over 27 years, working in both Darlington Memorial and at Shotley Bridge Hospital as a Charge Nurse, before moving into nurse education as a nurse tutor.  When the School of Nursing joined Teesside University, he became a Senior Lecturer working mainly on pre-registration nursing programmes, before being promoted to Principal Lecturer in charge of the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities team.  Recently, as part of the university re-organisation, Gordon was promoted again to Associate Dean.

Gordon feels it is a great honour to be appointed a Governor and as a resident of County Durham, looks forward to working with the Trust Board and fellow Governors.

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NHS Darlington CCG - Dr Alison Macnaughton-Jones (recently elected)

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NHS North Durham CCG - Dr David Smart

David studied medicine at the University of Glasgow.  He qualified in 1981 and following vocational training in Glasgow, became a GP principal at Dunelm Medical Practice in 1985.  He was a member of Durham and Chester-le-Street Primary Care Group (and later Primary Care Trust) serving as a member of the Board and Professional Executive Committee.  David served as Clinical Governance and Appraisal Lead and QoF Inspector during this time.  He remains in active clinical practice and has experience as a GP traner and GP appraiser.  He has been involved with North Durham CCG since its incpetion and became Clinical Chair in 2014, assuming the role of Appointed Governor at CDDFT at that time also.

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NHS Dales, Durham, Easington and Sedgefield CCG - Joseph Chandy

Joseph Chandy

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital