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Your spotlight on local services

Dave - About Dave


What is your role at Healthwatch? I’m a Project Officer at Healthwatch Hampshire. I’m currently heading up our Enter & View programme.

Enter & View?! What’s that? Healthwatch Hampshire has statutory powers under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to ‘Enter and View’ publicly funded health and social care premises to speak to people about their experiences of using the service. Enter and View visits may take place in a wide range of publicly funded health and social care services – including hospitals, care homes, nursing homes, residential units and day centres. The aim of Healthwatch Hampshire’s 2018 Enter & View programme is to visit care homes across Hampshire to hear the voice of residents regarding their experiences of health, and/or social care, and/or their experience of their care home. In particular, attention will be paid to observing the quality of Dementia Care as it is recognised that 70+ per cent of people in care homes now have dementia or severe memory problems.

What is the favourite part about working for Healthwatch? That’s difficult to answer but I really love what I’m doing currently with the Enter & View work. We’re here to make sure that those running services, and the government, put people at the heart of care. It is our intention with our Enter & View work with care homes across Hants to celebrate good dementia care; learn about and share examples of what care homes do well from the perspective of people who experience the service first hand, and identify where improvements are needed so that people living with age related diseases such as dementia, their families and carers, can be more confident about the care they receive.

What is your proudest moment at Healthwatch? My proudest moment so far is probably being involved in all phases of the project development of our Enter & View programme: start-up; definition; planning; execution etc. I think we now have an Enter & View programme which would stand up to any other Enter & View programme across the UK. Some of the service provider feedback is amazing and I feel we’re really making a difference. My other proudest moments are working with volunteers and seeing them become grater stakeholders in this process.  

What are 3 words to describe Healthwatch? Critical, friend, champion (difficult to answer this one!)

What do you find the most challenging at Healthwatch? Understanding NHS jargon! Understanding the 700+ ‘commonly used’ acronyms and abbreviations is very challenging!

Before working at Healthwatch, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Gravedigger (student job back in the early 90’s) was definitely the most unusual! The most interesting has to be working for Channel 6 Television in Dundee, Scotland, definitely. As an all-rounder: cameraman; editor; producer; runner; fundraiser etc. I did it all. Great fun and I learned a lot. It’s just a pity the business model didn’t quite work.

Any favourite line from a movie? You’re gonna need a bigger boat” (Jaws, 1975) It’s a line that’s so widely applicable!

Any random facts you could share with us? Yes, I was on the hit children’s TV show Tizwaz in the 1980’s! I loved every minute of it and I got to meet Sally James, Chris Tarrant, (Sir) Lenny Henry, the Phantom Flan Flinger, The Professor, Spit the Dog etc.

Best Holiday destination you’ve been to? Skiathos in Greece. It’s where I got married! (I have to say that, don’t I?)

Choose your Mr. Men/Little Miss, to describe your work personality? – Your home life personality? At work I’m Mr Nosey – I should be doing Enter & View work! At home, my wife would say I was Mr Noisy or Mr Grumpy!

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Admiral Michael S. Rogers who is the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). He knows so many secrets!

What did you want to be when growing up? A helicopter pilot.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Learning new things, paddle boarding, keeping fit, mosaic making, painting and crafting, going to the movies, watching and playing football, long coastal walks, eating, cooking, listening to music and spending quality time with friends and family.