I am Christine Morgan with a keen interest in Health, Education and life generally. In a previous life, before arthritic and spinal conditions robbed me of some of my stamina and mobility, I had a full time career in Education which I loved and even though that was cut short I remain interested in related issues.
Since leaving my last role as a Senior Education Adviser with a Local Authority I have taken up part time Voluntary opportunities as a fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care and as a Trustee/Chair of Rochdale & District Mind Association. I am a passionate advocate of improvements to Mental Health services and to end the stigma associated with illness. I have suffered from severe clinical depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and know how difficult it was to go through that and experience the highs and lows of treatments and support. Whilst largely recovered I still experience some recurring depressions which I mostly manage successfully along with my deteriorating physical health.
I first became professionally involved with the NHS as a Non Executive Director of a Primary Care Trust and have since then worked in different Non-Executive Lay roles in the NHS and healthcare.
I have also used my own lived patient and carer experience to influence improvements in person centred care and involvement for patients, carers and the public and have worked with National Voices, the Coalition for Collaborative Care and Think Local Act Personal
I am currently a Non Executive/Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement with NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group and am working as the Independent Chair for the Greater Manchester Carers Strategic Group for the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership.
I am an aspiring writer with a long way to go so am hoping that through blogging I will gain more experience and practice – which I need! I am a supporter of Mindfulness meditation after attending a course for sufferers of chronic pain at Breathworks Manchester and am developing my practice as a coach for development/performance for senior managers.
Whilst a lot of my Blogs will be driven by health matters all the views expressed are my own and I hope that you find them interesting.
Thank you for reading my Blog.