In 1982 Carol was a passenger involved in a road traffic accident in France, resulting in a fractured skull, brain haemorrhage and coma. On return to the UK she was diagnosed with Narcolepsy & Cataplexy as a result of the trauma .
Medication now keeps her condition fairly stable.
She is passionate about Patient & Public Involvement and co-production.
An Honorary Lecturer & Doubleday Affiliate at Manchester Medical School; she is also a member of HQIP Service User Network, Lay member of NHSE Always Events Advisory group, NIHR-NHSE Patient Experience Team, Kent & Medway STP Patient & Public Advisory Group and Social Workforce programme, and recently DeepMind Health Users Group.
She is a Q community member and remains one of HSJ’s Top 50 Patient Leaders.
She is a confident, entertaining and well received public speaker recently addressing audiences at the King's Fund, IHI/BMJ, ADASS/NHS, HC-UK, Westminster Health Forum, NHS South CSU, and the Futures Stage at Expo 2017 amongst others.
Until her move to Kent last year Carol was Co-chair of NHS Thames Valley Patient Experience Operational Group and part of the team for the Leading Together programme.
She worked closely with Health Education Thames Valley on the e-version of the ‘Dementia Handbook for Carers and Care Providers’ having been part of the team behind the original printed version.
She lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
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