Anna de Beer - Public Governor - Dorset/Rest of England & Wales

Why do you want to be a governor?

I was born in an NHS hospital, grown up with the NHS, and plan to become an NHS doctor. I am therefore an NHS beneficiary and future stakeholder. I would like to play an active role in contributing to improving patients’ experience and outcomes. A diverse range of interests should be represented at governor level of any institution.As a young person starting a lifelong medical career, this is increasingly important given the range of the 700,000 people this Trust serves.

What skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

Volunteering in care homes for several years piqued my interest in issues surrounding our wider elderly care. I submitted an EPQ essay on strategies for reform in elderly care focusing specifically on palliative care. With a growing elderly population, with

increasingly complex and health needs, I would hope that my insights and a younger person’s perspective would be beneficial in providing improvements in their care. A range of local work experience in GP surgeries and several hospitals, (including for example, Dorset Breast Screening Unit; nursing; radiology; surgery and A&E) has given me a broad perspective of many aspects of the Trust and of healthcare as a complex multifarious ‘ecosystem’.Considering the Trust’s broad remit, this perspective will allow me to contribute to a range of sectors that the governors oversee.

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