Healthwatch Advisory Board

Healthwatch Advisory Board

In delivering Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire, the ECS Board are advised by a Healthwatch Advisory Board drawn from members of the public. This group provides advice on:

  • Healthwatch priorities
  • The Enter and View programme to monitor the quality of care
  • Identifying key public concerns
  • Community engagement activity

They act as the voice of the people and make sure that Healthwatch Staffordshire adheres to the core principles of; confidentiality, respect, feedback, transparency and influence.

Our Healthwatch Advisory Board comprises of the following members:

Chair: Harsha Kotecha

Health Advisory Board Members:

  • Shireen Bharuchi
  • Mark Farmer
  • Rita Patel
Harsha

Harsha Kotecha / Chair Healthwatch Advisory Board

I am delighted to introduce the first four members of the Healthwatch Advisory Board for Leicester and Leicestershire – Shireen Bharuchi; Mark Farmer; Colin Norman and Rita Patel.

The Board will offer a wealth of expertise and insight into health and social care, each bringing a unique perspective. Collectively, we will strive to represent the people of Leicester and Leicestershire and influence the improvement of local services.

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Shireen Bharuchi / Healthwatch Advisory Board Member

Shireen was born and grew up in Leicester before embarking upon a career in healthcare: I have always empathised with patients, whilst understanding the important role the public can play in shaping all aspects of healthcare services.

Being a user of health services in our area, coupled with my training and background I will bring a perspective which I hope will benefit the people of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Mark

Mark Farmer / Healthwatch Advisory Board Member

Mark has lived all over Leicestershire and Leicester, bringing insight into urban and rural health challenges. With a varied professional life across the public and voluntary sector, Mark has a thorough understanding of local challenges within health and social care:

“As a Healthwatch Advisory Board Member, I will ensure that we hear the voice of people traditionally not heard. I will strive to hold NHS and Social Care Services to account so that we work together to achieve world-class services. I will also work to ensure that we collectively tackle challenges like the local diabetes crisis, the ever-increasing number of people living with complex health and care needs and the under resourcing of mental health services.”

Rita Patel

Rita Patel / Healthwatch Advisory Board Member

Rita has lived in Leicester and Leicestershire for 35 years and worked as an NHS Occupational therapist for 15 years.

“Currently I am Vice Chair of Leicester Research Ethics Committee. I joined Healthwatch to ensure that public views are promoted to the local Health and Social Care providers.”

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Additional information

To contact any of our Healthwatch Advisory Board members please email enquiries@healthwatchll.com.

If you would like to apply to join the Healthwatch Advisory Board, there are still places available. Contact us on enquiries@healthwatchll.com or 0116 2518313.

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