Sue Howshall - Public Governor for Dorset/Rest of England & Wales

I have served as a public governor for the past two years and have the energy and commitment to serve again. During this time I have attended most of the governor and board meetings. I have actively sought out training events, DHC events, and public events to further increase my knowledge to enable me to be a more effective governor. It is critical, in the next year that some experienced governors are retained. The complexity of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP); Clinical Services Review(CSR); Acute Mental Pathway(AMP) and the new Accountable Care System(ACS); would make a steep learning curve for the Council of Governors if all the governors elected were new.

I retired as a pharmacist in December 2016. For the past 30 years I have worked in East Dorset. I have had many opportunities to listen to the public about their experiences and concerns for the NHS locally. I am also a mother and grandmother and through my connections with local groups, I am able to reflect a wide spectrum of society from cradle to grave. I owned my own pharmacy which required many skills including staff management and financial management. I also sat on a national fitness to practise panel, which involved reading lengthy documents, understanding legal issues and with others reaching sound evidenced based decisions, fair to all parties.

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