Patient Partnership and Experience Group members
Bill Wells had his first experience of St George’s when he was living in Putney. He was suffering from kidney problems which only St George’s was able to diagnose. Since then he has, over nearly twenty years, been a patient of the Neurosurgery, Urology and Endocrinology departments.
He is now retired after a career encompassing accountancy, computing and marketing and lives in Oxshott. Bill is very pleased to bring his experience as both a patient and a businessman, to help the PPEG become a valuable voice within the St George’s community.
Liz spent more than 20 years in the field of health communications. She was lucky to have the chance to set up two communications functions from scratch: at the Maudsley and Institute of Psychiatry; and then for the first NHS national genetic screening programme in sickle cell and thalassaemia.
In 2013, Liz was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at St George’s. She owes her life to the fantastic surgical and oncology interventions she received both at the outset and with recurrence in 2018. She is a huge fan of the NHS and of St George’s in particular and wanted to give something back. She is co-chair of the Patient Partnership and Experience Group and also sat on the Board for a major Macmillan funded project to improve cancer services at the Trust. She is Vice Chair of Paul’s Cancer Support Centre in Battersea which provides support to people with cancer and their families. She has worked extensively in patient engagement as a professional and now it is time to sit on the other side of the table as a patient!
Nicholas has had a relationship with St George’s for around 50 years. He is a patient of our Neurosurgery department and his family, children, parents, wife and friends have all been treated here.
He is keen to use his professional experience working with multi-national companies, NGOs and charities to play a part in making St George’s the best hospital it can be. As one of our patient partners, Nicholas particularly enjoys participating in our Ward Accreditation programme.
Sue Fox is a Macmillan Volunteer at St George’s and Chairs the Cancer Voice Group which has over 100 cancer patient members. Sue trained and worked as a University Reference Librarian originally, but later, using her research skills, she founded an Industrial Market Research company.
The company worked in over 80 countries and Sue loved developing and training the multi-national workforce that grew with the company. Having retired to enjoy her six grandchildren and golf, Sue became involved with the Alzheimers Society and then Macmillan.
Veronica grew up in the Tooting area for the majority of her life. All four of her children were born at St George’s and her parents worked in the NHS.
Veronica supported young people aged 14-18 as a qualified Youth Worker in Wandsworth and has also achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Her background is in administration, customer service, teaching, policy writing, health and safety, safeguarding, and quality assurance. She is also involved in organising community activities and educational seminars in a Well-Being Centre.
She joined PPEG in 2018 as is keen to be a positive voice for those in the community and to work with others to raise standards.