ASCRU Public Advisors

Peter Atkins

I have been a carer of a person with Borderline Personality Disorder since 1990. We have 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy, and I live in Poole in Dorset.

I had a heart attack in 2018 and have had 3 stents fitted so I also have Service User experience as well as my Carers experience.

I set up and ran a Mental Health Carers Charity from 2000 – 2013 with Big Lottery funding in the South and East Dorset area. Since 2006 I have worked at Bournemouth University as a Co-ordinator of the BU PIER Partnership in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. My role is to co-ordinate Carer and Service User involvement in the following programmes: Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science and Operating Department Practice.

I am a Higher Education Academy Associate Fellow as well as being a work place champion for Carer’s UK and a member of my GP practice Patient Participation Group.

Wes F Dowridge

I care for my wife who has long standing physical disability and two adult children with mental health issues.

I trained as a psychiatric nurse (RMN) and worked in this sector for many years before changing career to become a Social Worker (CQSW).

I worked for a number of local authorities in London, specialising in adult social care. During this period of over twenty years, I was involved in inspection of care homes and latterly as an expert by experience with the Care Quality Commission.

I was a member of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit Service Users and Carers Advisory Group, at Kings College London for many years, participating and assisting researchers with the work of the unit. I was a public advisor on a number of research studies at the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health University College London and I am currently involved in two research studies with the Division of Psychiatry, University College London.

My voluntary work includes being a trustee with Carers UK and the charity MIND IN Ealing and Hounslow, I was chairperson for this charity for over two years.

Patrick Wood

I have been actively involved in the mental health user/survivor movement since 1989. I am co-ordinator of Sheffield User Survivor Trainers (SUST) a network of people with lived experience that develops and delivers mental health training. I am a Mind Influence and Participation Coach and a member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Co-production, Equalities and Human Rights Steering Group. I have worked for a range of voluntary and community sector health and social care organisations and I currently work for a project that supports older people to access community services in Sheffield.

Eleni Chambers

I have expertise in advising on issues related to co-production and involvement in both service delivery and research settings; and bring a perspective of being a long-term user of health and social care services. My interest originates from activism in service delivery settings, and I am keen on user/survivor led research and co-production I have worked in the voluntary sector since the late 1980's, in both paid and unpaid capacities, in a variety of health and social care or mediation settings. Currently I am a trustee for NSUN (National Survivor User Network), a member of the National User Group of Shaping Our Lives and a member of the SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) Co-production, Equalities and Human Rights Committee. I carry out involvement related work with the NIHR, Universities, etc.

I have a particular interest in involving communities who are marginalised and/or not usually involved and I am currently doing a PhD in involvement in Palliative Care research. I have been involved in collaborations at all stages of the research process, from pre-protocol planning and bid-writing to dissemination.

Jamie Hale

I am a health and social care policy expert and multidisciplinary artist. I am studying in MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at University College London, and do health and social care policy consultancy for governmental bodies, charities, and private companies. My first poetry show and curated showcase sold out on the opening night at the Barbican, and my first poetry pamphlet Shield will be published in January 2021. I write on disability arts for the Wellcome Trust.

I live with profound and multiple physical impairments and am reliant on a 24 hour care package which I manage independently, thanks to a Personal Health Budget. I am an activist and advocate, with experience supporting others through social care packages and the Continuing Healthcare process, having navigated it myself.

Jennifer Bostock

I am the Chair of the Public Advisory Group and the Ethics Lead for RDS London. I am a former Vice Chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) & current Vice Chair & training lead for a global REC (Save the Children). I have sat on 5 NIHR funding panels, the CRUK Early Diagnosis funding panel and is currently on the HS&DR Board; the RfPB Chair’s Interview Panel & the DHSS Multimorbidity funding panel. I sit on the Board of the NIHR School of Public Health Research, NETSCC PPI Reference Group & the International Strategic Advisory Board of the Cambridge Uni Pub Health & Global Pub Health research units where I am also PPI Lead and Chair of the WM Public Advisory Group. I am PPI Co-Lead for two Policy Research Units (QSO; PIRU & PH) and am advisor to the Cancer Screening & Diagnosis PRUs. I am lay member to the Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit & a member of the NIHR Covid College of Experts. I am currently serving the Healthcare Infection Society writing guidelines on Covid-19; MRSA and surgical site infection.

Outside research I work in Mental Health Law Chairing a Mental Health Act Appeals Panel & in medico-legal investigation as ‘HM (RCS) Inspector of Surgeons' in UK and Eire & for the NHS as a member of the Independent Funding Review Panel. I am a former CQC Inspector/MHA Commissioner, RCGP Quality Assessor and GP performance Assessor & served for 3 years on various NICE committees. I am a former Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Scholar and currently hold honorary contracts with the Universities Cambridge, Kent & KCL.

My interest in social care comes from living with a complex long term condition and caring for parents with complex health and social care needs.