The PPG comprises ten local individuals who represent a cross section of the users of both surgeries.
The members are:
Heather Male (Chair): works as a researcher in executive search. Having lived in Woburn Sands for 23 years, she has experienced a wide range of services provided by both surgeries from birth onwards as well as those provided by both Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals. She has also been a member of Aspley Heath Parish Council and Deputy Chair of Swallowfields Lower School. She assists at the Woburn Sands Winter Night Shelter.
She places great emphasis on the need for patients to provide feedback to the surgeries on their healthcare experiences.
Suzan St Maur: is a business writer and trainer, and multi-published nonfiction author. She has a grownup son and has lived in the Woburn Sands area most of her life. She has had cancer twice and currently is Chair of the MK Cancer Patient Partnership, a voluntary group helping all local cancer voices to react quickly to patient feedback, solve problems promptly, and initiate projects locally to improve the overall patient/carer experience.
Graham Youngman: has lived in Woburn Sands since 1995 and has become involved with various groups within the community. His working life has been mainly involved with agriculture and the food industry, encompassing livestock production and retail butchery.
His involvement with health care started with the Patient and Public Involvement Forum in 2003. He was chair of the Acute Care Group, whose role was to scrutinize the work of Milton Keynes General Hospital, on behalf of the patients and the public.
When Milton Keynes NHS hospital gained Foundation Trust status, he was elected to the Members Council to represent the interests of local residents.
Graham has been chair of the Patients Group and is now concentrating on liaison with the Locality Patient Group.
Jennifer Boon: a new member of the PPG and a patient at Asplands Surgery. She is keen to find out how the surgery functions to provide the services it does. Jennifer moved here in 1996 and is active in her retirement, with the health & wellbeing of her family being central to all she does. She is a keen gardener and enjoys yoga.
Vicky Trumper: a working mother with two school age children and has lived in Woburn Sands for 19 years. Her particular interest is in the childhood aspects of the surgeries services although with newly relocated older parents in law she is also now interested in elderly care and services as well.
Lin Vorley: has lived in Aspley Guise for over 20 years. She was the founder member of Helping Hands in Aspley Guise, a “good neighbour” group working within the Beds & Rural Communities Charity framework striving to provide assistance to those living in Aspley Guise with minor mobility issues or simple problems about the house. After 2 years, she has stepped down from the Chair. She aspires to provide a link between the community and the Patient Group.
She also has a vision for a “Dementia Cafe” in Woburn Sands. Lin can be contacted about this project or Helping Hands, through the Patient Group email.
Val Russell: moved to Milton Keynes from London in 1973 to work for the Open University, and has lived in Woburn Sands since 1976. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Friends of Edgewick Farm, plays clarinet and sings (both with more enthusiasm than talent).
Since retiring she studied French with the OU and British Sign Language to Level 1. As a breast cancer survivor she has more experience of the NHS than she expected, and appreciates the importance of staying active and eating well.
Stef Muzz: is the Community Worker for LOVE WOBURN SANDS, which gives local people the opportunity to take part or volunteer and help make a difference through various community activities eg. Community IT, Reading Support for Schools, Walk&Talk, Community Market. Recently, we have undertaken a trial with Asplands Medical Centre to deliver prescriptions to the housebound twice a week.
Stef is 55 years old, happily married to Maria for 35 years, with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
He believes life is the most incredible gift to be used it to the full. Keeping fit and healthy is very important to Stef.
Bron Webster: has lived in Aspley Heath for 15 years and is happily married with one daughter. She left her career in financial services following the birth of her daughter in 2007 and has since worked on a self-employed basis, latterly making a successful business fit around her health conditions. Having being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996 and then encountering a rare form of neck cancer in 2014, she has plenty of experience of health care at Asplands.
She is passionate about doing what she is able to do, and helping others to do the same.
Lesley Bell (observer): represents the Council of Governors at Milton Keynes University NHS Foundation Trust Hospital on the PPG. She has been a Public Governor since it became a Foundation Trust in 2007. Lesley worked nationally in social care for 35 years and has been a patient at Asplands Surgery for over 30 years.
Nicky Hall: Business Manager at Asplands, represents the Practice as a member of the PPG.