Carol is well respected by her peers for her pragmatic approach to Health and Social Care.
She is known for recognizing good ideas and sharing them with others. Her firm view being “I wish everyone in the NHS would do it. Actually, I think it’s selfish not to share examples of good practice”
She has gained a reputation for speaking out on behalf of vulnerable groups being a confident public speaker with good communication skills.
Self-motivated and dedicated to task in hand, she has a wide range of expertise across health, business and local politics
Carol has been a Patient Partner at the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust since 2006 and is a member of the Elderly Care Steering Group and the Readers panel.
Campaigning for better care for patients and in particular the elderly and those with dementia she was partly responsible for several changes in approach to dementia care and training at the RBH and for the South Reading CCG Dementia & Elderly Care’ conference May 2013.
She is on the Board of Reading Healthwatch a member of Reading Borough Council Carers’ Group, Reading First Stop Bus Steering Group, Reading Talking Newspaper for the Blind (editor & reader) and Reading Film Theatre (volunteer cashier)
Carol is a mother of two and has five teenage grandsons. She was widowed in 1987
She moved to Reading in 2006 to be near to her Mother who, sadly, developed Vascular Dementia in 2008. Carol cared for her over four years until her death in July 2012.
Trained at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre then Kings College Hospital, she was a Staff Nurse in A & E for several years before having a break to raise her children.
She then became a successful business woman before selling up and taking early retirement. Elected as Chair of her Parish Council in 1998 she headed the committee to save the village shop. Dealing with DEFRA she not only persuaded them to fund the project but also to change their funding criteria to make it easier for others. The village shop in Maiden Bradley is still a successful enterprise.
Carol has travelled widely and is a competent photographer
She also has personal experience of living with a long term condition. Hospitalised in France and in a coma for 10 days after a serious road accident in 1982 she was diagnosed with Narcolepsy & Cataplexy as a result of the injury and is on daily medication.
She is Co-Chair of the Thames Valley & Milton Keynes Patient Experience Strategy Group, the Patient representative for Health Education Thames Valley, the NHS Thames Valley Oversight Board and University of Reading PGDip Physician Associate Joint Project Team.
She is involved in the Academic Health Science Network, the Clinical Innovation Oversight Board and PPIEE. She was on the judging panel for both the Thames Valley & Wessex Leadership Academy and the PEN National Awards 2014.