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Staff and Volunteers Constituency

Governors representing Staff and Volunteers

Janet GrahamJanet Graham MBE for Volunteers
Term of office: September 2021 to April 2023 (Third term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Janet Graham to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

My experience, dedication, professionalism and commitment will be a support in building an amazing L&D for patients and staff.

After a long and happy career at the L&D, the hospital holds a place in my heart. I am a local ‘lass’ and am proud of my local hospital. It has a good reputation and I feel that I still have much to give in building that reputation. I have seen the governors at work and have valued their contributions. They are a team that shows huge commitment to the Trust. I would like to be part of that team. My experiences have equipped me for the role of governor and I would like to give back to the L&D some of the knowledge that I have gained as both a nurse and volunteer.

I have worked at the Trust as a nurse, manager and a volunteer for over forty years. My experience has centred on improving patient care and supporting staff in the different and difficult roles that they undertake. I have an understanding of clinical roles and responsibilities, volunteering and management. I am a good communicator, listener, approachable and confident in putting forward the ideas and thoughts of others. In my role as the Trust Historian I have been instrumental in raising awareness of its history and commitment to patients within the community I feel my experience of working at the Trust would be an asset to the Board, the other Governors and the volunteers I would represent.

 

Mr Dimpu Bhagawati

Mr Dimpu Bhagawati for Medical and Dental
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Mr Dimpu Bhagawati to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I have been a Consultant at LDH for 3 years. I came because I felt the hospital had great people and superb ethic. I restructured a service on the verge of closure to one that is unrecognisable today. Took a spine service beset with complaints, litigation, poor performance and poor morale to one that energised, dynamic and critically engaged with the rest of the hospital. Many of you will have had interactions with the spinal service and I hope these have been positive. I have also raised £90000 through the hospital charity. This was done without changing any personnel. listened to all stakeholders in designing the changes. It is only by taking into account the views and responding to all those who help the service that we can create sustainable change. I feel that we are all deeply devoted to the success of the Trust. It is only by channelling the vast resource base in the medical body that we can reach the levels of staff contentment and trust achievement we all desire. We come from different backgrounds, different specialities but we have a unity in diversity the can be focused to benefit. I am a team player, a keen listener and approachable. I am used to putting truth to power but in a way that creates sustained improvement.

 

Belinda ChikBelinda Chik for Nursing and Midwifery
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (Third term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Belinda Chik to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Having worked at the L&D for 37½ years, I have the knowledge to represent all staff interests.
As a staff governor, I will have the opportunity to work closely with the board members, communicating and disseminating key views between staff colleagues and the Trust.

I am a strong believer in teamwork, therefore I welcome the opportunity to support and help shape the future of our services, whilst being aware of the constraints & challenges that all NHS Trusts are facing.

During my employment at this Trust, I gained extensive clinical and managerial skills. Therefore, I have the knowledge and skills on procedures and protocols in the hospital environment. My people management skills have given me opportunity to understand and have empathy with all staff of the multidisciplinary team within the Trust. I hope to use this expertise to support and influence at various levels within our Trust that could affect the developments of new & current services. I am passionate about patient safety and have led projects and it’s implementation.
As a senior nurse and being actively involved with Patient Safety initiatives, the Equality & Diversity Committee and the Staff Involvement Group has given me the knowledge & insight of how the hospital functions and provided me with a platform to further develop my skills and use the expertise I have already gained to join the Council of Governors.

 

Matthew BorgMatthew Borg for Nursing and Midwifery
Term of office: September 2019 to September 2022 (first term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Matthew Borg to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I have worked at the Trust for many years and I have always been proud of what we have collectively achieved and how this has been recognised nationally. I am committed to delivering quality care for our patients and believe this can only be carried out safely if our staff have a voice to effectively communicate and encourage innovative ways of delivering safe care. I am an approachable, passionate person applying strong leadership skills and successfully worked in a number of different teams, roles and functions. My main area was ED Charge Nurse but I have worked as Resuscitation Officer, been involved in setting up the Hospital & Home project, Patient flow, Clinical Site Nurse and now as GDE Lead Nurse. This insight from both clinical and operational aspects has helped me understand and optimise the success of the Trust, which is due to hard work and commitment of staff from all areas.

 

Malik FarooqMalik Farooq for Admin, Clerical and Managers
Term of office: September 2019 to September 2022 (first term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Malik Farooq to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I am both humbled and honoured that you have placed your confidence and support in me when electing me as your staff governor. I feel blessed and I assure you that I will always endeavour to reflect the utmost compassion, honesty and integrity and I will raise our staff concerns through proper channels to ensure best results.

 

 

Sunny PatelSunny Patel for Professional and Technical
Term of office: September 2019 to September 2022 (first term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Sunny Patel to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I have worked at the L&D for 4 years as a pharmacist at ward level, in oncology, e-prescribing, clinical trials and now as the antimicrobial pharmacist. In that time I have witnessed many changes throughout the hospital. I want to be the voice that helps impact such changes to shape the future of the L&D and act as an advocate by raising your concerns to the executives who make the decisions affecting our working environment. I will rejuvenate the staff governor role with my passion, energy and tireless commitment by helping to improve the L&D by listening to the heart and soul of the organisation, the staff at the front line.

Having experienced working in different areas of the hospital with various backgrounds, I am committed to help facilitate development for the professional and technical staff. I use my social skills to help build relationships with colleagues and intend to continue connecting with staff to encourage feedback from trust initiatives. I am committed to continuous improvement and believe our diversity is the catalyst to drive quality improvement.

 

Hina Zafir

Hina Zafar for Non-Clinical (Admin, Clerical & Managers, and Ancillary & Maintenance)
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (First term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Hina Zafar to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I am compassionate and caring. I would like to make a positive impact and ensure your voice is heard. I have been part of the Bedfordshire Hospitals (Luton and Dunstable) for over 13 years now. I have worked in various department of the hospital and found nothing but excellence. I would like to share all the good things I have experienced and seen within the Trust with others so they can benefit too. I am passionate about patient experience and patient care. I feel that I connect well with both staff and patients. I have good organisational, interpersonal, listening and leadership skills. I use all of these skills in my current role. I am also compassionate and caring and take great pride in working for the Trust.

 

Noreen ByrneNoreen Byrne for Volunteers
Term of office: April 2020 to April 2023 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Noreen Byrne of  to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Forty three years NHS experience in clinical and senior management working in both primary and secondary care across Bedfordshire. Working collaboratively across statutory agencies, will be an asset to the integrated NHS Foundation Trust. A parish councillor for six years, leading on current NHS issues in Great Barford, working closely with Bedford CCG and Bedford Bough Council. Living in Bedfordshire for all of my NHS career. I have experienced many changes. Since retirement I have worked with ‘Headway’ as a Board member and volunteer. More recently volunteering with the clinical governance team in Bedford.

 

David Simms governorDavid Simms for Nursing and Midwifery
Term of office: April 2020 to April 2023 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention David Simms of  to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I started my 38-year NHS service as a hospital porter which I’ll always remember as an excellent way to learn how a hospital functions and how different hospital teams co-operate on a day to day basis to achieve the best patient outcomes. With a career development pathway lasting 3 decades, I’ve worked on wards as a bank nurse, worked in A&E, worked as an infection control practitioner and as a nurse practitioner in planned care setting I believe I’m a good communicator. I think I demonstrate this skill every day working with hospital colleagues across a wide range of specialities and teams. My work often sees me liaising with maintenance teams, clerical and ancillary teams and the university of Bedfordshire on a regular basis. I’m also a NHS career guide helping others to develop their careers I feel that I’ve always demonstrated a passion for representing people, both as secretary of a staff consultative committee (working with management representatives and representatives of all staff) and simply as a someone committed to staff engagement

Good communication skills and inter-personal skills, the ability to listen and act on the concerns and personal issues of staff. The ability to engage with all staff having held a number of roles in a hospital setting for 38 years a comprehensive knowledge of staff roles and how staff/teams work together to achieve the best results.

 

TBC – Admin, Clerical and Managers, Ancillary and Maintenance.

 

Thomas MossThomas Moss for Ancillary & Maintenance
Term of office: April 2020 to April 2023 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention Thomas Moss of  to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I have worked at Bedford hospital for 3 years in the Estates department, amongst a team of highly dedicated and skilled staff. In my time I have witnessed changes throughout. This change I see as a positive improvement to the service user. I have a strong passion for what I do and enjoy the complex environment in which I work, and am proud to see the patients and staff appreciate the work we do around Bedford Hospital to constantly improve. With my vast knowledge and listening skills at all levels I believe I can make a difference in the role as a governor.

I have extensive experience of dealing with people from multiple cultures and walks in life. Being an open minded and understanding individual I believe that I would be very approachable and hold strong social skills which can be utilised to communicate at various levels. Continuous improvement and development throughout professional and technical members of staff. The wellbeing and staff being valued is what drives me. Regular communication with all staff to encourage constructive feedback is essential to the role to identify needs and suggested improvements. As a team we are the heart and soul of the hospital no matter what level we are at all opinions count.

 

Joby MalalMr Joby Jacob George Malal for Medical and Dental
Term of office: April 2017 to April 2020 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention Mr Joby Jacob George Malal of  to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

In my role as the Chairman of the Medical Staff Committee, I have been the voice representing the Medical staff with the Bedford Hospital Trust senior managers and board members. As the two organisations merge and become a unified foundation trust, the staff Governor role would allow me to continue to represent the medical staff among the council of governors and facilitate better communication and shared development of a vision to serve our patients better.

I have proven organisational and management skills and am able to communicate to wider audiences effectively. I keep myself informed of developments around NHS policy and strategy and often share new developments with the medical community across the hospital, both by email and at meetings. My role as a Foundation Training Programme Director gives me insight into the work of departments across the hospital as well as an understanding of the view point of junior doctors. As an acute speciality Consultant, I treat and interact with a large number of patients across all ages and social strata and am able to appreciate their opinion and concerns.

Terrence Haynes-Smith - Governor

 

 

Terrence Haynes-Smith for Professional & Technical
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (First term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Terrence Haynes-Smith to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

33 years varied experience in the NHS working with people of different backgrounds. Empathy with staff and healthcare delivery. To put my personal experience and journey to the use of the trust. To be part of a positive process of re-engagement at all levels to provide a first class service to the users. Also to be a part of process that improves working lives and the trust effectiveness in delivering that service. to just be a different voice, ear and spring board for the ideas that take the trust forward. A patient listener. good at bring people together and propagating ideas. Able to reconcile different sometimes opposing views and bring out the best in people. Gentle enough to care but able to take a view and move a process forward. To take responsibility for decisions but always weigh up and consider reasoned argument.