Katharine Axford - Public Governor, Suffolk

Katharine Axford - Public Governor, Suffolk Term of office started 1 February 2019

I have been a carer for more than 40 years. But my interest in mental health pre-dates my caring role. It also continued throughout my working life. This included paid and voluntary work in the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector. I have worked with carers, service users and the public in various roles. This involved providing support, advocacy and information.

I had not planned to return to paid or voluntary work. But I am enjoying having a new role within mental health services. As Governor, I aim to do all I can to help ensure that the Trust:

  • provides good services for those with severe and enduring mental illness (psychosis)
  • understands and respects the views of carers
  • ensures good communication between carers and mental health professionals

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