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Staff and Volunteers Constituency

Governors representing Staff and Volunteers

Janet Graham web

Janet Graham MBE for Volunteers (L&D site)
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.

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Mr Dimpu Bhagawati for Medical and Dental (L&D site)
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 that 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 Chik web

Belinda Chik for Nursing and Midwifery (L&D site)
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 its 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.

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Sharon Sundersingh for Nursing and Midwifery (L&D site)
Term of office: September 2022 to September 2025 (first term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Sharon Sundersingh to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

“I will listen to you and be your voice. I will, on your behalf, seek support and reassurance.”

As NHS we are in a very crucial stage as we ease out of Pandemic. We have braved through those difficult years amidst all challenges. I believe it’s time now to heal our wounds and hope for a better future to reach new horizon. To achieve this, it is very important that our staffs are well supported. Therefore, I would like to be your voice to raise any concerns and to suggest on how to improve staff experience. Together, as a team we could achieve high quality patient care.

I have worked in L&D over 10 years in various capacities and in different clinical areas. I started as an overseas nurse and was able to progress to a role as senior sister in critical care, where my focus is on quality patient care. I encourage and support my colleagues and staff to progress in their career. My colleagues know me as calm, friendly and caring person with a passion for excellence.

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Leon Fisher for Non-Clinical (Admin, Clerical and Managers) (L&D site)
Term of office: October 2022 to September 2025 (first term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Leon Fisher to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

“I will be your voice, I will go above and beyond for you, and support in any way I can.”

I am passionate about our Trust, I want to help in any way I can, I want to help make a difference, and to give something back to the hospital, I like helping people. I would like to have an opportunity to have more of a ‘hands on’ approach to improving services, and enabling the best care / services we provide to all service users. I am a people person, and I take pride in building new professional relationships, while building on strengths and weaknesses as a collective team, working in partnership.
I have over 10 years’ experience working in the Trust in a variety of different roles, I am a good people person, I am a good listener, I have extensive knowledge of all trust policies and procedures, I will always help in any way. I have extensive experience in attending various Trust Committee meetings.

I will do the very best I can for you, including providing as much invaluable skills to undertake this role. I am approachable, empathetic, caring, compassionate, and capable of conducting the duties required and expected by our members. I will lead by example, and uphold the values of this organisation. I will engage with all members at every opportunity, and am accessible for anyone if they want to speak with me.

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Selva Loganathan for Professional and Technical (L&D site)

Term of office: September 2022 to September 2025 (first term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Selva Loganathan to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

“Enthusiastic and motivated champion advocating empowerment of staff to deliver best quality compassionate care to both patients and our staff.”

I have 22 years of experience as a physiotherapist and as part of a greater team involving various specialities. In my role as BAME Co-Chair, I have championed the under-represented voice of BAME workforce in various trust level committees. I have the energy, time and enthusiasm to represent the views of both staff and people’s healthcare needs. As a receptive governor, I believe in creating the capacity for dialogue, engagement, diversity and inclusion. This dialogue will help us find an effective way to use the finite resources of our beloved NHS and to provide the best quality service which chimes with both patient and staff needs.

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Ravi Mahay for Non-Clinical (Admin, Clerical and Managers, Ancillary and Maintenance) (Bedford site)

Term of office: September 2022 to September 2025 (first term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Ravi Mahay to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I will promote a valued, trusting, and open organisation, empowering staff participation.

I have good knowledge and understanding of the way the Trust works within the NHS as a whole, any Trust improvements or developments will directly affect those we care about, our patients.

I believe that now and in the future, however the organisation evolves, we must always make the needs of patients the absolute priority. As a governor, I will aid that process.

Hina Zafar web

Hina Zafar for Non-Clinical (Admin, Clerical & Managers, and Ancillary & Maintenance) (L&D site)
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 Byrne web

Noreen Byrne for Volunteers (Bedford site)
Term of office: April 2020 to April 2023 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Noreen Byrne 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 web

David Simms for Nursing and Midwifery (Bedford site)
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 an 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.

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Thomas Moss for Ancillary & Maintenance (Bedford site)
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, 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.

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Mr Joby Jacob George Malal for Medical and Dental (Bedford site)
Term of office: April 2020 to April 2023 (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 viewpoint 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.

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Terrence Haynes-Smith for Professional & Technical (Bedford site)
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 springboard 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.