Our forum members
I’m passionate about advocating for patients and caregivers. My son was severely injured when he was eleven after he was hit by a bus. At that time, I was dealing with a relapse in my condition (ME) following the birth of our third son. We are patients and caregivers and have often had to fight for the support we needed.
I have experience in brain injury rehabilitation, long term disability, mental health, and special educational needs. I also work with the NIHR to highlight the unmet needs in rehabilitation.
The PPF offers me a chance for collaboration and positive change.
I look forward to working with other members. I have used the service previously and recovered from depression. I have always felt to give the community, whatever I can as a gratitude of what the community has given me and my family. I am also a carer and a community lead within the Indian community, where friends discuss various health issues. I was a panel member on the Valuation Tribunal Service, and we also aid Addenbrookes Chaplaincy with regards to final Hindu rites when required. I am a Director and work as an interpreter with an interpretation agency.
I joined the participation and partnership forum as I am passionate about ensuring the voices of service users are communicated and heard by CPFT and across other healthcare organisations in the local area.
As someone who has used services in the past I feel it is important and necessary to bring to attention and discuss issues that could be affecting the quality or efficiency of how services are delivered and implemented as well as the impact it may be having on patient care. My main areas of interest are children and young people's mental health, carers, improving crisis services, personality disorder treatment and care and strategic planning. I am an advocate for positive change, improving mental health and crisis services, which includes better provision of care for those with a diagnosis of personality disorder or complex mental health conditions.
I am also passionate about addressing stigma and discrimination in the workplace as well as promoting more training and awareness for
healthcare professionals on mental health.
I am really looking forward to participating in the PPF because I love it when patients and professionals work together, listening and discussing how things can be improved. I believe this not only supports our much loved and needed NHS but also enables patients to understand why things are certain ways and feel valued in their voices being listened to.
I have had contact with various different health departments personally through my 2 children and my Husband who has been an amputee for 15 years. Professionally I manage a Charity we founded for amputee families called Steel Bones.
I retired in 2018 and have since worked as a volunteer with CPFT Heart and Soul, Cambridge Rethink Carer Support and as a volunteer driver for the Fulbourn Community Car Scheme.
I would mostly like to represent the interests of Carers who care for a family member (or friend of someone) with mental health issues. I am a carer myself (my wife suffers from Bipolar Disorder) and I am on the Cambridge Rethink Carer Phone support service rota so have some experience of the challenges that carers face. I would like to help ensure that CPFT (via PPF participation) is taking into account carers views and that carers are directly involved in the cared for person’s treatment and recovery.
Margaret Reed Roberts
I have lived experience of being a service user and carer.
We are a neurodivergent family. I live with chronic conditions and invisible disabilities. My professional background is in Social Care (and some NHS experience), mainly as a social worker with older people and dementia, alongside social work education. My strengths, skills and values combine a keen sense of empathy, empowerment and advocacy. The PPF offers me an opportunity to be a positive agent of change for how a wide range of health needs are understood and met.
I look forward to working with the other members for the benefit of many.
I am a retired magistrate who has also been a Governor at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, a Director of Healthwatch and chaired fundraising committees for several charities in the Peterborough area. I now have an interest in community services as family members use them. Both my husband and I worked in the NHS so I have experience of different aspects of health provision and would like to continue using that knowledge. I am an active participant in the Peterborough Healthwatch forum.
I am a parent/carer myself of two vulnerable young people, both neurodiverse and I came across the Parent Participation Forum through Pinpoint sharing the Forum details on the Cambridgeshire SEND parent group. We live in Cambridge, just outside of the City Centre.
I am presently not working due to being made redundant during lock down whilst on maternity leave, having worked within Customer Service sector and Engineering, I now offer voluntary support to fellow peers supporting children and young people within the SEND community and fundamentally their parents too. Furthering my knowledge of available support, information and growing my already deep knowledge of the SEND system. This is an area of specialism that is very close to my heart along with advocating too.
I work with many families supporting children through their parents who try and access variant services within Cambridgeshire. The offering of voluntary support to fellow parents like myself who have fallen foul of the services and what is available, bettering my knowledge, growing a network and having a further wealth of information to develop on I feel I could be a beneficial part of the forum.
Margaret Ann Robinson
I have had a long and varied working life but not with anything involving health and social care. Since retiring, over 10 years ago, I have been volunteering in the sector mainly with Healthwatch. I am still on that learning curve and delighted to have the chance to work with CPFT particularly on the PPF.
I have been a grateful patient of the CPFT Podiatry service for a long time.