Bryan Goodenough, Carer Governor

I've had a close association with the NHS most of my adult life, through my wife who held a number of positions including being responsible for a team of community nurses. After I retired from a career in the food manufacturing industry in a number of roles, both in the UK and overseas, I had a part time job working for an out-of-hours service with GPs on house visits. I observed first hand how they dealt with serious mental health issues of patients in crisis.

My wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012 and, following an early involvement in a clinical drug trial I joined the Research Network with a particular interest in the causes, treatment and possible eventual cure for the condition. Subsequently I became a member of Sussex Partnership and applied to become a Governor.

I have huge respect for all who work in the NHS, particularly those in the field of mental health and specifically those at Sussex Partnership. I have witnessed the camaraderie, enthusiasm and mutual respect at the Positive Practice Awards which I have been privileged to attend for the last two years. Truly the Trust's core values in practice.

I plan, during my time as a Governor, to promote the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of the vast army of unpaid carers of all ages, some full time and others struggling to combine their caring role while still working. In addition I would want to act as a conduit and be the voice for charities who do such sterling work in the caring field.