Hello and welcome to my blog. . . Thank you for stopping by.
My name is Christine, but I like to be called Chris. I live just outside the amazing city of Liverpool (home of the famous Beatles) I love nothing more than a day out in Liverpool, visiting some of the famous landmarks, enjoying the restaurants, and coffee shops and taking in the cultural heritage of this famous city.
I am a Mum, I have two children, a daughter and a son. I’m also a Nannie with two granddaughters and a grandson and I adore them, they fill my world full of mischief and wonder, love and affection, fun and frivolity 😍 Both my children and grandchildren are very close to me, and we spend a lot of time together as a family.
Career wise, I have worked in the NHS for 28 years in various non-clinical roles. The last 14 years I’ve worked in Health Informatics’ the wonderful world of ‘Information Technology’. I spent a number of years as an I.T Lecturer, responsible for training NHS staff in the use of clinical information systems, eventually progressing into senior management roles, first as Education, Training & Development Manager, and then Head of Informatics Clinical Systems Training, Service Desk and Registration Authority. I’ve had a thoroughly rewarding career in the NHS, met some amazing people, made some great friends, but mostly gained the skills and knowledge that has enabled me to continue with my personal development.
Currently I am taking a career break, after finding myself in a position to apply for voluntary redundancy in 2016 It wasn’t an easy decision, having spent so many years studying and gaining the qualifications which eventually led me into senior management roles, but fate sometimes intervenes and you have to do what is required.
I think the NHS is a national institution and we should be proud of the service it delivers. Where would we be without it?
My ‘Dad, for one, would have been lost without the NHS and the services that have been involved in his care since he suffered a heart attack in April 2015. This left him very frail and in need of continual care and support. That day changed my life, I took a step back from my career and entered the world of the ‘Carer’ having taken full responsibility for my dads journey of recovery. They say “life turns on a sixpence” it certainly did for me! I found myself in a position that I had never even contemplated. . .A life changing event for me, and one I am still coming to terms with, if I’m honest!
I am a Lay Member on the Safeguarding Children’s Board, this gives me a distraction from my caring role, and keeps me attached to a network of people.
I decided to write this blog to help me record my dad’s ‘Patient Journey’ from the 999 call, his admission to hospital, and the events that have followed to support his recovery. I also wanted to record the positives and negatives of the the NHS from a patients view, especially around the pathways of care involved in caring for the elderly and what I now call: The minefield of ‘Community Health Services’ I hope my blog helps other people and I would like to hear from anyone who has found themselves in a similar situation.