Patient Participation Group
Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) meets to provide a forum for discussion about the practice.
The aim of the Kingswood Surgery PPG is to give patients of the Surgery an opportunity to become actively involved with the doctors and staff in planning and developing new services and to take an active interest in their own healthcare.
If you would like more information on the value of such a Group, please go to www.napp.org.uk (N.A.P.P. is the umbrella organisation for Patient Participation Groups).
Patient Participation Group Committee
Chairman: Sue Stanbridge
Married with two grown up children. I have lived and worked in the Tunbridge Wells area most of my working life. We ran our own sports retail business for 15 years. For the last 25 years I have worked in the health service – originally for the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (and its predecessors). For the last five years I worked for the Practice Based Commissioning Groups / West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, where I closely supported GP practices and helped to commission services. Although I retired from West Kent CCG, I am still working within the health service in various roles, and am keen to continue to play an active role in the Kingswood PPG.
Vice Chair: Mary Chamberlain
My family became patients at Kingswood in 1975 when we came to Tunbridge Wells. After I had retired as a registered nurse I was delighted in 2007 to be asked to help with the introduction of the PPG. I have been part of the committee ever since, & for the past ten years have held the position of Vice Chair. The PPG, as the voice of the patient, supports & works with the surgery staff & I am proud to be part of the active group which is the Kingswood PPG.
Personally, I am married & was a nurse for 40 years latterly in ophthalmology & have a keen interest in end of life care. Two children, nine grandchildren, one with special needs, & two great grandchildren keep us busy. In any time left over, I enjoy quilting & practicing Tai Chi.
Treasurer: Louise Buck
I live locally and I am married with three grown up sons. We have two lively Springer spaniels who definitely keep me active, enjoying long walks in our beautiful countryside.
I have 30 years’ experience in customer service working across varying sectors. Most recent positions include working for the ICB (Integrated Commissioning Board - NHS) as a Programme Manager taking responsibility for End-of-Life care, community and virtual ward programmes across Medway and Swale. I also worked at Hospice in the Weald for almost 10 years with a majority of this time working as the Head of the Community team otherwise known as HOS (Hospice Outreach Service).
In early 2023 I completed a Master’s degree in Senior Collaborative Leadership which has allowed me to dedicate myself to this particular role using a lot of what I have learnt to further encourage and grow a high-quality team.
I am a hardworking and highly motivated individual and look forward to contributing to the ongoing work being carried out here at Kingswood Surgery.
I am the new practice manager at Kingswood Surgery.
I taught in Primary schools in London and in Tunbridge Wells at Rusthall and Bishops Down. I also worked at Citizens Advice as an advisor and advocate on a Mental Health Project funded by the Hospital Trust and Social Services. This experience led me to become a director of a Mental Health charity in Southborough. I consider my main role on the committee is to gather information and useful contacts, particularly in the voluntary sector, hopefully enabling patients to access services fully.
My wife and I have been with Kingswood since 1972. We have always been happy with the quality of care from both doctors and nurses. In the past, I have put forward a couple of ideas, which have been well received. I do not believe in change for the sake of change; but do believe in making life easier for all concerned. I am very cost conscious and I do believe that Kingswood spends its budget well. The PPG has done much to improve the lives of patients and staff and I hope will continue to do so. My own experience on committees is wide, ranging from C of E church councils overseas to residents’ associations. My career in the Diplomatic Service presented many challenging situations involving people in very difficult situations, some of them tragic. I therefore have a good understanding of how tough life can be for the medical profession. In retirement, I was a volunteer with Hospital Radio for 10 years and met many patients in hospital, some of whom were just pleased to see a friendly face and have a few words about how they were feeling. For a number of years, I was a volunteer at Trinity Theatre. I am a great believer in self help to keep fit and well and encourage others to do likewise to benefit both their physical and mental welfare. I do a great deal of cross country walking and lead a couple of groups locally and occasionally further afield.
I live next door to Kingswood Surgery and have done so for 6 years. Moved here from a bungalow with a sea view from Sandgate, Kent. I am a widow now and have 2 sons, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren. I was married to an RAF Officer for many years, travelling the world and losing count of the many homes we had!
I worked as a trained florist from a young age, working in many locations over many years. I spent many years associated with welfare work with RAF families, charity and fund raising events. I carried out volunteer work at the hospital including the hospital radio. I also worked for British Forces Broadcasting Services.
Currently, I am a volunteer at Hospice in the Weald flower group working in public areas and also arranging flowers for patient rooms.
I also joined U3A on my arrival in Tunbridge Wells, and have since joined a book group, and made many new friends.
I am very interested in supporting Kingswood Surgery PPG in any new venture that the Surgery or the Committee feel would be beneficial and in the interest of the patients.
I have been registered at Kingswood Surgery for over 20 years. I am married with one son who lives in California with his wife and our granddaughter. Also, I have two brothers - one lives in Australia and the other in Spain. So, I have travelled a fair bit. Indeed, when young I was at school abroad, as my father was in the RAF, but on returning to the UK I went to a Grammar School in Kent. I first went to work for Unilevers, in their market research department. At this time, market research was a growing industry and I was able to grow with it - eventually becoming a Director of Consumer Research Ltd and then Market Research Manager at the Joint Credit Card Company, when a consortium of banks launched the Access Credit Card to compete with Barclaycard.
Approaching my 40s I decided on a change of career, first training to be a nurse in the field of learning difficulties and then in psychiatry . I worked in private and NHS nursing, becoming a Nursing Sister. I am now enjoying a busy retirement, with varied interests and activities.
- Ruth Ellis
- Timothy Tempest
- Jane Al-Kailani
- Ann Long
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