This month we bid farewell to board members Rose McDonald and Shelagh Prosser. They have both made an invaluable contribution to Healthwatch Islington.
Rose joined us back when we were still a Local Involvement Network and quickly showed a talent for getting people interested in the organisation. A lot of local residents have heard of Healthwatch because Rose told them about it.
Being an active volunteer as well as a director meant that Rose was well placed to make sure that volunteers were heard within the organisation. At board level she led on our successful pursuit of Investing in Volunteers accreditation.
Rose has taken part in a large number of our Enter and View visits, as well as our mystery shopping and research projects. Our work on the outpatient experience at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and on meaningful activities for residents in local care homes, are two recent examples of Healthwatch projects that have been enriched by Rose's contribution.
Shelagh has led the organisation as Chair for the last eighteen months. She has really helped us to think more broadly about how we should grow, reminding us to look forward and not back, and challenging us to constantly develop our approach.
Shelagh has been a director since the launch of Healthwatch, taking a lead role in advising on policy, in particular around safeguarding. She has great experience in the area of equalities and has brought that knowledge and expertise to her work here.
Sheila also represented Healthwatch on the CCG Governing Body.
Healthwatch Islington Chief Executive Emma Whitby said,
'On behalf of the Board, staff team, and volunteers, I'd like to thank Rose and Shelagh for all that they've given to the organisation. Although they are stepping down from the Board, we hope they will keep involved in our work.'