Hello my name is Gerald Samociuk but most people know me as Sam.
My passions are my family – including our dog, music, photography, cinema, rugby league and the arts.
I am a retired Mental Health Nursing lecturer and have experienced and witnessed significant changes in health and social care since the 1970s. I have always worked towards individualised person centred care and would like to see this as a reality for everyone.
I have been a trustee and Chair of a local MIND organisation and until recently a charity which was run by Carers of people with learning disabilities. In my University career, I also had a lead role in developing service user and Carer involvement in the education of Health and social care professionals. I have learned so much from working with a number of extraordinary people and bring that experience to the People’s Board. I also know that for staff to be most effective and caring they need to be properly supported by their managers and teams.
I am currently a Patient Participation Group (PPG) Chair and an active PPG Network member. I would like to help to influence and establish systems whereby integrated care services are truly co-produced in response to the public’ views and patient’s and carer’s needs. This is becoming increasingly difficult in financially insecure times.
I think that the People’s Board can play a part in keeping those needs at the forefront of thinking for organisations and communities across the CCGs and Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
G Sam Samociuk