“I'm inspired by those who access NHS services who show commitment courage and great insight, articulating what helps and what hurts them."
Anne Beales MBE is a Non-Executive Director of Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust Board.
Here, Anne describes why she joined Sussex Partnership and why shaping mental health care of the future with service users and the voluntary sector is so important.
“In my role I'm accountable to governors (of Sussex Partnership) while being able to 'influence' at a strategic level. I sit on the audit committee and have the privilege of chairing our charity 'Heads On'. My annual appraisal is with the chair of the board.
“I have used a variety of NHS mental health services over the years and I'm very clear how important these services are to people who are troubled, distressed and incapacitated by breakdowns. I have been supported by and worked for social care and the voluntary sector so I appreciate how important the services they provide are to people. I have also chaired a variety of charity organisations which enabled people who use services to bring about positive change. When I retired from full time employment I was able to commit myself to working as a non-executive director in the NHS so I could learn, then start to shape robust partnerships between the NHS and people who access services as well as with the voluntary sector. By working together we will provide what works for people so they will have an even brighter future.
“The people who work in the NHS are what make it. So many of whom go the extra mile as they understand the NHS is an organisation which is 'ours'. Those who constantly look for innovative ways to connect with in order to then deliver, so serving the people who access our services.’
“I'm inspired by those who access NHS services who show commitment courage and great insight, articulating what helps and what hurts them. In doing this they lead the NHS into developing services which share their ambitions. By standing up for what's right for them, service users promote change, solving policy and indeed practice shortfalls. There is real value in individuals organising collectively to provide solidarity to a huge and complex system. I’m proud to be part of the NHS that saves life's, develops leaders and thrives on teams working across the economy where no matter what side of the drug trolley you are on, everyone counts.”