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From my experience of working in the third sector, I have been part of various projects to help improve the quality of health services. Whether it be a Champion for Time to Change or as a representative for a national autism charity, Ambitious about Autism, I believe I can bring a fresh and informed perspective to meet the challenges of being a governor for the Trust. Having used a variety of health services over the years, from general practice to physiotherapy, I want to be at the centre of helping deliver services that meet the needs of all patients and to broaden the diversity of representation on the board.
For over two years, I have been extensively involved in the whole process of the CCG's Clinical Services Review as part of their patient engagement group. This has included scrutinising all aspects of proposals before going to the public for consultation. Additionally, I sit on the first advisory group for NHS England on their work surrounding autism and learning disabilities. I have also been connected to organisations in the disability sector, such as the Council for Disabled Children and Mencap, which has brought my attention to the issues that disabled people need to be prioritised in the services provided. As an autistic person myself, I know how difficult accessing services can be, and am eager to change this however possible.