Tel: 07500 938658, Email: email@example.com
My role as the first National Patient Champion, sponsored by the Department of Health, began in May 2010. I was appointed Patient Champion following the recognition of my self-funded, self-motivated campaign to reduce MRSA and other infectious diseases within hospital settings and improve hygiene in general across the NHS. I became involved following treatment for leukaemia in 2001. My journey as a patient through the NHS had both highs and lows.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have had my cancer treatment at St Bartholomew's Hospital in central London as every part of my 7 month stay was nothing less than world class. World class to me was love, compassion, dedication, honesty and complete care. However, not all of my treatment was the same at a local general hospital whilst being treated for pneumonia.
Once I left Bart's and was transferred to my local hospital where I was being treated for pneumonia the experience was not the same. As a result of poor hygiene, I contracted MRSA. This near death experience terrified my family and changed my life; subsequently for the better.
This highlighted for me the disparity in care delivery across the NHS.
The key reasons for the development of the Patient Champion role on a professional basis were to build a continuous and meaningful relationship between the staff, the patients and the public they serve and to empower, to shape services and improve health outcomes together.