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Lay partners and lay associates

Working with the public, patients and carers is essential to the Oxford AHSN as we work to support our partner organisations to deliver person-centred care. Lay partners and Lay associates work with us at Leadership level.

Lay partners

Lay partners are appointed by open application and interview. Successful applicants are appointed for one year in the first instance with the option to renew for up to three years by mutual consent.

David Cooper

David Cooper picDavid has over 15 years’ experience in organisational improvement and change management in the NHS, most recently at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, where he implemented the Hospital at Night programme and was a Lead Governor from 2014-2017. David has a particular interest in expanding the role of dialogue and engagement as tools for designing and implementing solutions in complex systems.

Douglas Findlay

Douglas is a learning and development specialist with a background in the pharmaceutical industry. He campaigns as a patient/carer advocate, is a patient leader at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and is on the board of Healthwatch Reading. Douglas’s roles with the Oxford AHSN include co-chairing the Thames Valley Patient Experience operational group, membership of the Thames Valley Patient Experience oversight group and facilitating training.

Alison Provins

Alison Provins picAlison has a background in financial services specialising in customer experience, staff development and change management. She now uses this experience to help a wide range of organisations to improve. Alison is a lay representative for Health Education England and  a member of the Pharmacy Executive Stakeholder Group at the University of Reading. She completed the Leading Together programme in 2016. Her Oxford AHSN roles include membership of the Patient Experience operational group and Patient Safety Collaborative oversight group.

David Timberlake picDavid Timberlake

David is a business information specialist with a background in retail and market research. He is a member of the Patient Leader team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust where he is involved with digital technology adoption and screening and selection of NHS career applicants. David is an advocate of improving healthcare through the integration of information sources and the application of insights. David is a member of the Oxford AHSN Informatics oversight group.

Lay associates

Lay associates are patients, carers or members of the public who work with the Oxford AHSN on specific time-limited projects and are appointed through an internal selection process.

Adrian Barker

Adrian Barker photoAdrian’s professional background is in local authorities and national level local government organisations. More recently he has been on a Healthwatch board, a Health and Wellbeing Board, chair of a youth counselling charity, a lay member on a CCG governing body and a public member on the NIHR Public Health Research Funding Board. His current roles include chair of a patient participation group, patient leader at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and membership of local committees on public and patient engagement and on mental health.

Larry Gardiner

Larry Gardiner photoLarry’s work has included international NGOs and multinational IT consulting and professional services businesses. His responsibilities have included governance and leadership as a chief executive, company secretary and senior manager. He completed the Leading Together programme in 2016 and went on to lead a quality improvement project with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. These experiences have complemented a patient expert role in promoting clinical audit with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) service user network.

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