Staff governors

Chisha McDonaldChisha McDonald

Staff: Allied Health Professionals Scientific and Technical

What do you do?
I joined West Middlesex as Chief Pharmacist in October 2014 and am currently Head of Pharmacy at the West Middlesex site. I have had a long NHS career history and have held various senior positions both in pharmacy and in general management. Having completed my pharmacy degree in Aberdeen, I obtained my MSc at King’s College and later my MBA at Imperial College when I was sponsored by my previous employers who identified me as one of the future leaders.

I started my pharmacy career at the Whittington Hospital in North London, then gradually moved south of the river via Hammersmith Hospital, Lewisham Hospital and Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust.  

I took some time out of pharmacy and worked as associate director in commissioning and led on high level change programmes around demand management and service redesign. I also worked at King’s Health partners AHSN supporting the development of their clinical and patient experience strategy across the four acute hospitals in south east London in partnership with Kings College University.

Why did you become a governor?
I am passionate about the NHS and am a strong believer of the NHS constitution. I believe that anyone who works for the NHS should revisit the constitution as a reminder of what is expected of us as NHS leaders.

As a governor I intend to work with the organisation and represent patients and staff of all groups. I also intend to listen to and support staff in any way that I can.  I will endeavour to work with the organisation to bring about necessary changes that will improve the quality of care provided to our patients as well as create the right environment that will encourage all staff to thrive and work to the best of their ability.

Jodiene Grinham

Staff: Contracted

What do you do?
I joined the transport department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2010 following an extended break after the birth of my daughter. In my role as Contract Manager I am responsible for the overall provision of non-emergency patient transport at the Trust, as well as the SCBU vehicles and Shuttle Service. On a daily basis my team and I oversee the safe, punctual and caring transport for approximately 130 OPD patients, as well as co-ordinating with the bed management team, discharge team and A&E to assist smooth patient flow.

Why did you become a governor?
I love the values of the Trust and how proud everyone is of the role they play to ensure that each patient has an excellent experience, every time. Being a Staff Governor means that I will be able to better understand, and on occasion influence, ways that we can continue to improve the care, standards and efficiency of the Trust.

Ian Bryant

Staff: Management

What do you do?
I joined West Middlesex as the Deputy Director of ICT reporting to the finance director in 2012. I am currently the Deputy Director of IT across all Trust sites. I have always worked in IT and have spent the last 10 years in the NHS—prior to this, I was in a mixture of industries in the private sector. I obtained my MBA at Reading University.

My days are very varied from resolving new unplanned issues as they come up, to setting the direction of the team.

Why did you become a governor?
Having a mother and sister both in the NHS, I am passionate about both the NHS and IT. Many people think of a hospital as a small to medium sized company, with basic IT, but in reality is is a large organisation employing thousands of people, turnover of over half a billion pounds, and utilises a mesh of hundreds of servers each with its own role, all interconnected, and communicating not just internally but with many different organisations. By representing Management I hope to educate and influence this understanding. Post merger I felt it was important to have a voice in the new organisation, and help it recognise and support the need to put the patient in the middle of decisions, and how this can be supported by better information at the point of care.

bio mark nelsonProf Mark Nelson

Staff: Medical and Dental

What do you do?
I am a consultant physician at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Professor of HIV Medicine at Imperial College. I trained at Jesus College, Cambridge and Westminster Hospital medical school from where I qualified in 1986. I worked at the old Westminster and St Stephens hospital until I  was appointed Consultant Physician at this hospital in 1991. I am also the senior tutor at Imperial College School of Medicine where I provide the pastoral care to students in year 1 and 2. I have a large clinical practice with a special interest in HIV in patient care, co-infection with hepatitis B and C and the clinical utility of new antiretroviral agents. I am the newly appointed chair of IAPAC(International Association of Providers of AIDS care) which represents over 25,000 providers of HIV care globally and am the London representative for fast track cities which aims to achieve (and indeed has done) 90 percent of those with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent on treatment of which 90 percent is succesful. I have published over 600 peer reviewed papers on HIV and hepatitis. In my spare time I was akeen sportsman particularly football and cricket but now spend more of my time on the more restive, but more competitive, duplicate bridge circuit.

Lynne McEvoy

Staff: Nursing and Midwifery

What do you do?
I trained at West Middlesex Hospital, starting as a Student Nurse in 1971. When qualified, after some years as a Staff Nurse, working on both acute medical wards and Coronary Care, I became a Ward Sister, Endoscopy Unit Sister and then into my current role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, therefore remaining within frontline nursing. I have always strived to be the patients advocate ensuring that high standards of patient care are always at the forefront of what we do. I have interfaced with patients directly the whole of my nursing career and understand the need for good communication. I also believe passionately in the NHS.

Why did you become a governor?
Many staff asked me to put consider this role. I have been known for taking staff views forward in the past. Staff are the NHS most important asset and should be valued. Staff that are supported and motivated bring so much more to the service, and improve the patient’s experience.  I am not afraid to challenge, ask questions and am able to communicate well with all staff. Therefore I believe I am experienced enough to take issues forward on behalf of patients and staff.

The NHS must always be about safety and quality towards our patients. The NHS is changing but its principles must remain in place. Quality not finance must drive the NHS.

matthew shotliffMatthew Shotliff

Staff: Support, Administrative and Clerical

What do you do?
I joined the Trust in April 2015, originally starting as an education administrator in the Learning and Development department before moving to my current role as the Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator in March 2016. My role involves looking after the Imperial College medical students on placement at the Chelsea and Westminster site and has given me a fascinating insight into many departments in the hospital who help us to put together a fantastic education programme for students as well as staff and patients.

Why did you become a governor?
Coming from a family of doctors and whilst studying medicine at university, I have always been interested in the NHS—its continuous drive for improvement and the different services, hospitals and teams that all fit together. As a governor I hope to make sure that all staff voices are heard to make sure that we can all be involved in the future of the Trust and can continue to push to make it one of the leading trusts in the country.

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