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Dr Sophie Bagge

Dr Sophie Bagge, PPL Great Yarmouth and Waveney

Sophie Bagge joins Gary Walker in a job share, covering the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas as People Participation Lead.

She came to the Trust from the University of East Anglia, where she has spent the past decade completing a psychology degree, a masters in research and a PhD in perinatal mental health, as well as working as an associate tutor and mental health first aid instructor.

“I am fascinated by people. I love talking to people, meeting people and listening to them, which is why I have such a strong interest in mental health,” said Sophie, who also has lived experience of mental ill health following a diagnosis of bipolar. “As I’ve faced mental ill health myself, I also know how difficult it can be.

“When I saw the role advertised I was really excited by it. It is really diverse and interesting. The plan is to continue to improve care for service users and carers while ensuring their voices are heard.

“The Trust is investing in service users and carers as it moves in a more positive direction. I wanted to be part of that change and use my skills to help with the transformation.”

Sophie sees one of the strengths of the care group as equality across the leaders. “My experience so far has been that each member of the leadership team is viewed as equally important with every contribution valued, which is brilliant,” she said.

And she added: “I want to make sure I don’t just talk to people but continue to engage with them in a meaningful way. We need to continue those relationships and continue to listen so that we can make changes which will have a positive impact on their experience of receiving care.

“It’s clear that we are all aiming for the same goal and want to improve things for service users and carers.”