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23 November 2014

Hospital patients vote for new Governors

17 candidates for 5 Slough vacancies

Pictures and election material from Frimley Park

On Wednesday 19 November 2014 voting started for 'Public Governors' at the enlarged Frimley Park Hospital Trust. The Frimley Trust now includes Ascot's Heatherwood hospital and Slough's badly failing Wexham Park hospital.

Foundation Trust hospital governors have very limited opportunities for positively making beneficial changes and improvements. Public governors were considered by Wexham Park's previous management as 'powerless poodles'. However 17 optimistic people are contesting 5 borough of Slough vacancies.

To vote and to contest elections anyone living in the area must enrol as a hospital trust member by contacting Frimley Park.

On 1 October 2014 Frimley Park formally took control of Wexham Park, in a procedure closely resembling a commercial business take-over. The enlarged hospital trust has re-branded itself as Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The previous 3 public governors for Slough has been increased to 5; South Bucks from 1 to 2 covering South Bucks and now including High Wycombe and Chiltern, areas which reflects the consequences of the previous Labour government's closure of Wycombe General's Accident and Emergency Service.

Voting ends on Thursday, 11 December at 17:00 hours.

These are the 17 Slough candidates.

  1. Tamoor Ali
  2. Raheem Choudhury
  3. Harjinder Singh Gahir
  4. Jagjiwanlal Gopal
  5. Petra Kagleder
  6. Oliver Laurenson-Gore
  7. Graham Leaver
  8. Julia Long
  9. Amarjit Kaur Parmar
  10. Rob Price
  11. Raj Rana
  12. Sharon Teresa Bernadette O'Reilly
  13. Jameel Siddiq
  14. Jackie Slater
  15. Shirish Swami
  16. Tarsem Singh Uppal
  17. Margaret Woodley

Having carefully read, and re-read, all 17 candidate statements the Slough Times has found some heartily good aspirations which can serve our community well. Only one candidate admits to reading the prospectus. Probably none yet realise how restrictive the Public Governor's role is.

The Slough Times encourages the successful 5 Slough candidates to push-back the bureaucratic boundaries and ensure the Trust delivers a better service than Wexham Park's bungling and disorientated top management ever did.

Ending the cover-ups and the confusing and endless hospital waffle would be good start. After all, the NHS not-yet-fully-privatised hospital is supposed to be working for us, the public, who pay all its costs, including astronomical management salaries and perks far exceeding the salary of the United Kingdom's Prime Minister.

Greater public accountability, increased public transparency and proper respect for all our precious money being spent by hospital bosses - especially in contentious circumstances - is overdue.

1. Tamoor Ali

Strong analytical and strategic thinker, able to breakdown policies; Posses both broad and deep interests ready to make governance work.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I believe the NHS is an institution for all to be proud of, currently undergoing great change. The challenge ahead is difficult but clear; continue to drive up and deliver standards of care given the financial pressure. In order to do this we need to make the best use of our money to benefit everyone. My desire to join Frimley health, as a governor, is to give the constituents of Slough a voice and to maintain, retain and improve the benefits of the Trust as required by our diverse community.

I care about people, particularly the needy and most vulnerable; our old, our disabled and our children. I believe being proactive about health is just as important as our reactive approach to care.

The need for better health education for all is paramount, as I firmly believe that Without Health, There is no Wealth.

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

I am able to make use of my degree in finance & Economics and my wealth of experience gained from working as a Research Analyst. My role involved gathering all information in order to accurately analyse the health of public companies to maximize shareholder value. This experience will mean I will not just listen to talking points but to research, crosscheck new policies put in place and decipher that which is obscure in order to protect the people I represent.


2. Raheem Choudhury

The hospitals have helped me, so I would like to help you and the hospitals!

Why do you want to be a governor?

I would like to be a governor simply because the hospitals have helped me, so I would like to help others and the hospitals. I am also a leader, but I do not get to be one, due to the fact that i suffer a medical condition that has affected my education, and results in managers to wanting to employ me. I do not get to show who I really can be. So I would love to be a governor, being in charge, and helping others in need and paying back the hospitals for what they have done for me.

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

I am a leader, so I will be in charge, running the jobs that need to be done. Also, when i am really determined to do something, I will work as hard as possible and I will not stop until I get the job done.

I am also quite experienced with making important decisions. When making a decision, I will look over everything, what this could result in, and what the other decision could of resulted in.

I am very good at maths and fiance, so I could help with fiance that needs to be sorted out.


3. Harjinder Singh Gahir

A local person (parish councillor), know the most problems in Wexham Park Hospital (old name).

Why do you want to be a governor?

To solve the parking problem, I am a easy reachable person and a good listener. I will listen to public concerns and take it to the relevant authorities. Being a very local person I often walk around the hospital and attending meetings in hospital to feed back to Wexham Court Parish Council. I am a good fundraiser, can always we eager to raise funds for hospital. I will try to arrange better public transport to and from the surrounding areas of Wexham Park Hospital. My track record for attending council meetings is 100% and will keep the same with NHS meetings so feed back to public. There should be training or awareness sessions held to public for weight watching, careful for their food and so on, so there will be less burden on hospital if people does not get sick on fist place.

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

I am a local businessman, I can bring my expertise into NHS. I am a vice chair at Wexham Court Parish Council, meet all sorts of people, I am expert to deal with all sought of issues.

I was also Chairman of finance committee of Wexham Court Parish for two years.

I am also on the standards committee of Slough Borough Council.

Apart from being a councillor I also take very active part in the Sikh community in Slough.


4. Jagjiwanlal Gopal

I feel very privileged to be able to share my experiences with the staff at the trust.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I would like the opportunity to serve as a governor on Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, and work with other governors and management in maintaining the excellent service. There are always areas that can be improved for even a better health service in a future, i.e. care for elderly, young children and listening to the voice of patients which helps to create a quality service. I am prepare to volunteer my life as a public governor to assist other governors and senior executive team in the on-going advancement of this trust. The current financial crisis for all the NHS trusts, I see this role to be extremely important as these are hard decisions ahead while serving on the board.

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

I would hope to assist the trust with all other members through undoubtedly hard times and decisions ahead, to come out of it, as one of the best trusts in the UK. The Board of Governors and especially public governors must improve their methods of communications with our community to ensure a measured response to changing local needs. This will require that cooperation between the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors strengthen to ensure the best possible outcomes to our community.

I look forward to working with colleagues and the public to improve experience and meet new challenges as implement changes to improve services, particularly the elderly.

Declaration of Interest

Member of the Labour Party.


5. Petra Kagleder

I can offer you my management, organisational and psychology knowledge and skills and my passion for our local hospitals.

Why do you want to be a governor?

For any Trust to fulfill its purpose it must listen to the people it aims to serve. I see being a governor as a chance to help facilitate this process and contribute to helping the Trust deliver what the community needs particularly with all the challenges it faces.

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

I spent 14 years as a technical project manager in the Telecommunications industry before embarking on training as a psychologist. I have also been a volunteer for over 4 years in Wexham Park on a general ward, the Acute Stroke Unit and the Macmillan Cancer Support Information Centre.

My special interest is in older adults, dementia (2 years day centre volunteer with Alzheimer's Society in Maidenhead) and the mental health impact of severe and/or long term illness on patients and their support network.


6. Oliver Laurenson-Gore

Young business professional with governance experience within the education sector looking to make a difference to local people.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I would like to become a governor as I feel that I can add real value to the trust and have the experience, particularly listening and engaging the views of children and young people (which I have done in my professional career). I am able to engage and listen to people of all backgrounds, ages and interests in order to understand their views and suggestions in ways in which the trust can improve and develop. I am willing to make the tough decisions as part of the governing body and to be accountable for the decisions made.

I would also like to help the trust to find new innovative ways in which it can connect with regular and non-regular visitors to the various sites (e.g. through social media channels and outreach sessions in town centres and other public settings).

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

Within my professional career, I am a Business Manager for a UK wide film and video production company based in Slough. I graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Marketing and would bring to the Governing Body my experience of marketing, project management, HR, finance and legal knowledge. For the past year and a half I have also been vice-chair for a primary school in Maidenhead and been involved with the school from 'special measures' to 'good' and now is becoming an academy school.


7. Graham Leaver

I believe that the 40 years I have lived in Slough will enable me to contribute to the Trusts Management.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I am currently active as a part time Parish Clerk, intending to retire from employment on the 31st May 2015. Whilst, if elected, the period of some months between January and the end of May would not present any problems from my point of view in so far as involvement with the Trust is concerned.

I wish to continue to be involved in local matters and as such the role of Governor would give me the opportunity to contribute to the Slough community in particular, together with the wider area of Trust responsibilities.

I feel that my life in Slough for the last 40 years gives me a breadth of experience that could be beneficial to the Trust.

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

Full and Part Time Employment:

  • Local Government, Deputy and Chief Officer, Slough Borough Council, 1974 - 1986.
  • Parish Council Clerk, Old Windsor, 1987 - 2011
  • Parish Council Clerk, Datchet, 1992 - 1998 and 2006 - Present
  • Parish Council Clerk, Sarratt (Herts), 2002 - 2007

Whilst a Senior Officer, my role had involvement across the whole area of the Borough, in particular, dealing with matters related to the management and operation of public facilities which required links with the public.

During these years of Local Government experience I have also gained knowledge of a wide range of local and corporate activities, plus relationships with local Councillors, fellow Officers and Government Departments.


8. Julia Long

I have spent many years concerned about the health and welfare of the local residents.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I have for many years been involved with Wexham Park Hospital, both as a patient and a volunteer. My many local interests have led me to the hospital directly and indirectly. This of course has shown me both, the good, indeed very good care, also, sadly some very unhappy and distressing incidents.

I have often thought that there has not been some means of crosssing this divide. I think that one way of dealing with this would be for a stronger presence and voice from someone who is not employed by the N.H.S.

This can be possibly addressed by more local input. I strongly feel there should be governers who are accessible to patients and members of the community. So often, a listening ear can give reassurance.

I consider myself to be a very caring person.

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

I was a School Governer for over 30 years and Slough Borough Councillor for 1983 - 2012, where I served on various commitees, including:

Leisure, Culture and Community services, Employment appeals, Housing, Sports Council, Thames Valley Athletics Centre Managment Commitee to name a few.

I am an active member of the church, where I am a member of the Parochial Church Council and a one time Church Warden. I am also a member of Slough Lions.

Declaration of Interest

Member of the Conservative Party.

9. Amarjit Kaur Parmar

If elected I am willing to represent holistic views, issues fairly and transparently to gain trust in this public process.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I would like to become a Foundation Trust Governor to represent views of others in the community and manage the process of acting fairly and wisely in the interest of the general public.

It is an opportunity to take part in improving the services in the area that I live in and continue to serve in a voluntary capacity, adding interagency working together.

By representing our community it will enable good interaction and focus on the main prioritised issues that involve all in the public and services relating to wellbeing.

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

To be accountable in this role and use my life skills in this voluntary capacity to put forward good ideas of how services can be improved and monitored to have best interest outcomes.

I have contributed in the past in the community as an elected School Governor in the management of local Primary, Secondary and Grammar School processes for over 20 years.

I am a qualified Social Worker and am able to transfer these life skills of assessment, interaction and development at helping the diverse community and needs that I live in.

I am serving as a non-paid member of staff at Wexham Park Hospital in a voluntary capacity as a patient representative for the last 6 years. There is a strong group of volunteers who want to make a different in feedback and delivery of services in our area.


10. Rob Price

I would to ensure that Frimley Health Trust continues to remain as a top NHS Trust in the Country.

Why do you want to be a governor?

Having had in recent years experienced being a Patient at Wexham Park Hospital, being admitted through A&E to having Major Surgery, I have seen both Good and Poor service.

On having Listened and Read the Prospectus of the New Trust, I would like to be able to assist in making a success of the New Actions to Improve the Patient Experience, whether, as an Out-Patient, Emergency Admittance , Non-Urgent Patient or Visitor for all ages.

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

With 16 years as an Office and Customer Service Administrator and prior to that as Manager for a Major Retail Grocery Chain for 10 years and as a Retail Auditor for a Major Marketing Research Company for 10 years prior.

The experiences learnt by working for these Companies has given me the knowledge of how Large National and Local Companies operate and how a High level of Customer Service is delivered.

These experiences would enable me to carry out the Role of a Govenor of Frimley Health NHS Trust and this would be by listening to The Patients Experiences and Monitoring the Services offered by the Trust, thus ensuring that High and Effective Standards are maintained,

11. Raj Rana

My desire is to stand as a Governor to actively drive up standards within the newly formed Trust.

Why do you want to be a governor?

Slough is a culturally diverse town with a hospital that has of late been the subject of negative publicity. I have a strong community spirit and I sincerely believe in the further development and provision of premium public health services.

The NHS is an integral part of the British way of life and the envy of the world, and I firmly believe that it is imperative that the service is protected for all, in the present and the future.

I am prepared to volunteer my time as public governor to assist other governors and the senior executive team in the ongoing advancement of this Trust.

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

As a Chartered Accountant working in the private healthcare sector, I can offer a great deal of specialist expertise which could advance the governance of this Trust.

With the current financial crisis affecting various NHS Trusts, I see this role to be extremely vital with difficult decisions ahead. Having a cost neutral policy means savings without affecting services and improving them where ever possible, ensuring service quality is maintained within the realistic cost constraints. And I hope to assist the Trust, with other members, through these undoubtedly hard times.

Also in my other roles of Company Secretary, HR Administrator, Health & Safety Officer, Risk Assessor of ISO27001 Information Security, I strongly advocate corporate governance structures and practices that should protect and enhance accountability, transparency and disclosure.


12. Sharon Teresa Bernadette O'Reilly

The public will need a strong and committed voice to be heard about the many areas that need immediate change.

Why do you want to be a governor?

The reason I am reapplying as a Public Governor in this reelection, as after only a few short months I was told to step down due to the merger with Frimley.

The hospital was managed appallingly, in my opinion over the last two decades and management have failed patients, relatives, and staff.

I am hoping that Frimley will show a strong and honest leadership, for the good of the staff Patients and Relatives.

In the few short months serving as a Public Governor I felt the failings I had tried to change for the better were being dismissed.

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

Back Ground in Cleaning

Back Ground in Catering

Back Ground in Careing

Voluntary work. Age Concern, learning disabilities, Mencap. Being a people person is a great skill I have and able to show empathy, supportive & understanding for people who fell, shout out & ignored. Everyone has a right to be heard. As a Public Governor it would be my duty to serve you.

Also I am a qualified lady locksmith and have my own company, so opening door's that have been jammed shut for year’s would be an asset in WPH & Heatherwood Hospital.

Thank you for taking the time to read my Election Paper.

13. Jameel Siddiq

I am passionate about the health and safety of patients and staff across the United Kingdom and I love volunteering!

Why do you want to be a governor?

I want to be a governor because I believe I can bring a different outlook on the way things are done. I am an outspoken individual who would do the best I possibly can. I am inquisitive and have intuition while also having great foresight into seeing dangers in institutions and have corrected many faults at my own place of work, in particular problems with machinery and facilities.

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

I am currently health and safety representative I have held post for 3 years at HWDC/ILC Royal Mail, which is Royal Mail's premium building in Langley, Slough which has 2108 staff across various shifts and NHS paramedics do attend the site and I have liaised with them. I have acquired Health and Safety certificates level 1, 2 and 3 with my Union 'CWU' Communication Workers Union in Oxford and I'm awaiting my start date for NEBOSH Diploma in health and safety. We have over 77 nationalities in my workplace and I contribute in a lot of fundraising including Royal Mail's new charity partner the Stroke foundation. Royal Mail is the largest donator for charities worldwide! I have been involved in fundraising with Barnados childrens charity and prostate cancer while also being able to speak 4 languages and read and write in 3. I have attended dignity and respect at work classes and i have delegated with directors and higher management.

14. Jackie Slater

I feel that my experience and background in dealing with members of the Community would be an invaluable asset.

Why do you want to be a governor?

Having spent over 6 weeks visiting my husband in hospital during the past few weeks, I have become increasingly interested in how Wexham Park Hospital is managed. The dedication of the Nurses, Doctor, Health Care Assistants and some of the cleaning staff are second to none. I would like to see an improvement in catering and feel that my expertise and background in customer care can lead to changes within this Department.

Having attended a recent meeting with Dominic Grieve (MP) I was able to participate in a Community Forum for the older generation. One of the comments he raised was that Wexham Park Hospital had shown improvement but still needed to go further. I believe as Governor I can take this challenge forward and help to make Wexham Park a place of excellence

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

I joined the Civil Service from 1969 until 30 September 2012.

I have undertaken many various roles within the Civil Service and believe that my background and experience would benefit the Trust One of previous roles as a Staff Welfare Manager enabled me to meet challenges and utilise my experience. As a Trained Welfare Counsellor (MIWO) I am able to deal effectively with all types of issues and able to participate in high levels of discussions. As an RBL Welfare Officer, part of my role is to care for the elderly veterans within the Community


15. Shirish Swami

As a good communicator I would like to be a link to the local community and the Frimley Health Trust.

Why do you want to be a governor?

This is an opportunity for me to fulfil my desire to give something back to the community in my retirement.

I would like to get involved in canvassing to get more people to become member of the trust and get the views of the local community through questionnaires.

A friend of mine has to take care of his disabled wife as a carer at the age of 78. His income is just above the qualifying income to claim benefits for his wife so he can not get a carer for his wife. I sometime help him when he wants to go out as his wife can not be kept alone in the house. There are so many cases like this that require help and with a little monitory help to people like this NHS can save money and keep the beds for genuine cases. I have a few suggestions on such issues and would like to forward them as a roll of a governor.

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

I am a retired Electrical Engineer and having worked as 'Research and Development Engineer' for many years, I can transfer the skills acquired during working life in to this new voluntary role.

Helping as secretary in the National Harmonica League (NHL) a charitable organisation and club of more than 600 harmonica players, I enjoy my voluntary contribution.


16. Tarsem Singh Uppal

I feel passionately about local public affairs and want to see people getting the best treatment.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I feel that I could lead as governer.

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

Previous management and business experience.

 


17. Margaret Woodley

I am a passionate supporter of the NHS. I would support the Trust to improve health care to the community.

Why do you want to be a governor?

I would like to help the Trust to treat their patients as a 'whole person' and to encourage health promotion as a means of saving money. I feel I have some time and energy to help our community and I would find this interesting and hopefully useful.

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

I have worked as a Staff Nurse at Wexham Park Hospital. I would like to use my experience as a retired member of staff to help the Trust provide first class heath care for our community. I am now a Homestart volunteer and have seen the effect of ill health on family life and families. I have been involved in various community organizations in administrative roles.