Healthwatch Advisory Board

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Chris Warne | Chair

Chris' career has been in education as a primary school teacher, head teacher for 21 years, Local Authority School Adviser, Director of an inner city Education Action Zone and finally as a self employed Education Consultant.

For the last ten years Chris has increasingly become involved in voluntary work.  He was a volunteer at Solihull Contact Centre until it closed last year.  He has been a Police Custody Visitor for many years and an Appropriate Adult for vulnerable adults in police custody. Friends of Solihull Station is another of Chris' interests and he serves as Treasurer for this organisation.  They organise litter picks every fortnight and have installed planters and tend to them on the station platform.

Chris said: "I have a strong social conscience and believe in the value of volunteering and communities working together. Healthwatch is an important element of the checks and balances that holds Health and Social Care to account and I am privileged to play a small part in that process."

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David Wallis | Board Member

Dave Wallis took redundancy from his career in project management and construction in 2013 and since then has become increasingly involved in the voluntary health sector and other local community organisations.  He has lived in Solihull since moving here with his family in 1993.

Between 2015 and 2018 he was a Public Governor of the Heart of England Foundation Trust which ran Solihull, Heartlands, and Good Hope Hospitals until the merger with UHB.  He is also a member of the Solihull Hospital Patient and Community Panel, and of his local Patient Participation Group.  He joined the Healthwatch team in 2017.

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Jenny Marsh | Board Member

Jenny was born in Solihull and has lived there for most of her adult life. Recently retired after spending the majority of her career working in management and advisory roles in health and social care. She established a successful domiciliary care agency, which covered the borough of Solihull.

Jenny is a qualified person centered counselor, she concentrated her energy working with-both the voluntary and salaried sector. Her specialisms included alcoholism, drug addiction and bereavement.

For a number of years Jenny managed a residential project in inner city Birmingham, for recovering alcoholics which offered regular counselling to the residents. Jenny has spent the last twelve months as a volunteer for Healthwatch Solihull.

She has a special interest in the role of Enter & View. Jenny has recently been recruited to the Healthwatch Solihull Advisory Board.

Jenny said: "I hope my experience in health and social care, can help enhance the already excellent work promoted by the Solihull team"

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Surjit Virk | Board Member

Surj graduated in IT but realised quite soon that this was not the field she wished to be in and has since spent the majority of her career working in Health & Social Care in Recruitment and Quality Assurance.

Surj moved to Solihull in 2006 with her young family and most recently worked for a National Care & Housing provider as a Senior Quality Assurance Manager where her priority was to ensure that users of services were receiving a fair, consistent and high quality service and where this was not the case assisting the services to improve.

Surj has a good understanding of the regulations and compliance that surround Social Care and has been involved in raising awareness and embedding the CQC Fundamental Standards across services.

She is a part of the Enter & View team and has also been recruited to the Healthwatch Solihull Advisory Board.

Surj said 'My passion for ensuring people have access to quality Care & Health services inspires me to be part of an organisation such as Healthwatch'.

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Tony Green | Board Member

Tony Green used to say he has three degrees and some professional qualifications and was director of this and that, but now he has much more fun being blissfully retired and meddling in multiple unpaid patient representative roles.

These include, but are not limited to: chairing Solihull Patient Participation Groups Network, being deputy chair of Monkspath Patient Participation Group (the largest in Solihull); and serving on Solihull Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment steering group, Solihull CCG’s Patient Voice Panel, the Structured Education for Diabetics Task & Finish Group, and, of course, the Solihull Healthwatch Advisory Board.

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