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
“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.”