Emma Hooper - Staff Governor

Why do you want to be a governor?

As well as working for the NHS in Dorset, I grew up here and now have a young family, so I appreciate the impact that changes in healthcare can have from a personal and professional perspective. I am keen to have the opportunity to represent Dorset Healthcare and act as a key link between service users and the service provider so as to influence for change, making service users and families central to this.

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

Since embarking on my career in Audiology over 12 years ago, I have worked solely within the NHS, for 4 different Trusts across the country. I have therefore developed a sound understanding of the NHS as an organisation. As a HCPC-registered Clinical Scientist, currently working as Deputy Paediatric Audiology Lead, I am an analytical person and uphold evidence-based practice. I am also an empathetic communicator, working with service users from various backgrounds, as well as with other professionals and external agencies. I use various formats to communicate effectively, such as by email, letter and presenting at meetings. I have been responsible for obtaining service user feedback by arranging user groups and through questionnaires, which I have found very fulfilling and I enjoy engaging with service users in this way. I strive to be a role model for others and am proud to work for the NHS, upholding the Trust values and behaviours at all times.

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