I commenced working in the NHS in September 1973 as a Theatre Technician (similarto todays role of Operating DepartmentPractitioner but working predominantly to support the anaesthetic process). My whole career was spent in one Trust (University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire) and I retired from the health service in March 2015. I moved on in my career to become the Senior Operating Department Assistant, Deputy Theatre Manager, Theatre Manager and finally Directorate Manager for Theatres and Anaesthetics.My management career then moved away from theatres and anaesthetics and I became immensely fortunate to gain experience managing in a whole range of surgical and non-surgical clinical specialties and also establishing corporate systems and processes such as R&D and clinical governance.
In 2002 I became the Trust’s Head of Clinical Governance and subsequently Director of Governance, I also worked concurrently during this role at the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority as Head of Healthcare Governance for a year and also at a neighbouring acute NHS Trust as Executive Director for Governance for twelve months.Now that I am retired from the NHS, I would hope to offer as a lay member to DAS, my passion for improving quality to patients allied to my experience working within anaesthetics, albeit now some years ago. I also hope my long experience as an NHS manager working at service through to Executive Team and Board level can also bring that perspective to the role if required.