Manager - Catherine Negus
Catherine has a background in campaigns and research, having worked on international development, food security, and the mental health of children in the justice system. She joined Community Southwark in 2012 to research the value of, and challenges facing, the local voluntary and community sector. She moved into the Healthwatch team in 2015 with a focus on intelligence and research, covering a wide range of topics including A&E usage, young people's sexual health, nursing homes, GP access, mental health crisis, and care coordination. She has a particular interest in Talking Therapies and the social determinants of mental health. As manager, Catherine represents Healthwatch on the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Outside Healthwatch, Catherine has begun work as a lay reviewer for The Lancet Psychiatry and is encouraged by increasing appreciation for the importance of the patient voice.
"Patient voice is an individual right. However, it is just as important in ensuring that the health and care system provides effective services which make the best use of stretched resources for everybody."
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Bron Thomas - Engagement Officer
Originally from New Zealand, Bron began her UK career in public sector audit and then transitioned to financial services, where she held a variety of roles, latterly focusing on human resources.
Bron joined Community Southwark in 2015, initially to provide support to organisations with their volunteer management. She then completed a year of maternity cover for the office coordinator, before joining Healthwatch Southwark to focus on engagement.
"Navigating the health and social care system is complex. To help you get the support you need, we aim to equip you with information and knowledge, so that you know where to go and what to ask for."
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