Healthwatch Area Manager (Bristol, North Somerset, South Glos) - Vicky Marriott
Vicky has lived in the South West for almost 35 years. She has an Award in Leadership and Management, is a registered Public Health Practitioner and has delivered community health interventions & training in Bristol and North Somerset. Her passion for health issues first led her into a journalism career and she was awarded best tv documentary 2003 by the Mental Health Media Trust. Her ITV programme investigated patient claims about antidepressants being marketed as safer than they actually were, and led to a change to safety advice.
Julia Senior-Smith: Volunteer Co-ordinator
Julia’s role is to recruit new volunteers and support existing volunteers across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, develop outreach engagement opportunities and manage and facilitate the Enter and View programme.
Julia has a background in children’s services, integrated working practices and employee engagement. She has worked for several years as a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society and Positive Step in North Somerset and she has a Diploma in Counselling.
Volunteer Co-ordinator: Rachel Tomlinson
Rachel is our new volunteer co-ordinator, job sharing with Julia Senior-Smith. As well as recruiting new volunteers she also supports our existing volunteers and oversees the Safeguarding training that all staff and volunteers need to undertake.
Rachel’s background is in facilitating nature-based mental health groups across the region in local parks and woodlands. Rachel has worked with children’s and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and for ForMed Films which makes animated films based on lived experience of health and medical issues. Rachel volunteers with Cycling Without Age Bristol.
South Glos Area Lead: Maisy Griffiths
Maisy’s role as Area Lead for South Gloucestershire is to ensure the people of South Glos get their say in how health and social care services should be run. She arranges engagement work to get the public feedback, oversees Enter and Views in her area and ensures that she reaches even the most isolated people in her community.
Maisy studied for a Masters degree in Politics before working in the voluntary and community sector organisations, helping them develop communications plans, increase engagement and build partnerships. Maisy also has experience of tackling inequality, diversity and inclusion issues and these are important values that underpin her work.
North Somerset Area Lead: Cirlei Ioris
Cirlei’s role as North Somerset Area Lead is to ensure people who live in North Somerset get to have their say. She will run different projects each year focusing on the areas set out by the Prioritisation Panel together with overseeing the Enter and View’s in North Somerset, the digital inclusion project and planning engagement work to gather people’s feedback.
Cirlei has worked with many diverse groups including BME, gypsy and traveller communities, refugees, people with mental health issues and single parents. This experience sparked a passion to engage with the public to bring about improvements to health and social care by listening to their views. Cirlei has also completed an MSc in Public Health.
Bristol Area Lead: Julie Bird
Due to the size of the Bristol region, we have two Area Leads overseeing Healthwatch's work. Julie plans engagement events around the city to ensure that everyone can have their say on health and social care services. She also oversees the Enter and Views across Bristol and work on key projects that the Prioritisation Panel sets out.
After completing a psychology degree with the Open University Julie worked in welfare for 20 years beginning as a hospital inspector with NHS Scotland and qualifying as a person-centred counsellor and trained CBT therapist. Recently Julie has worked for Bristol City Council both as a business development manager for the Energy Service and as a project delivery lead for Community learning.
Communications Lead: Rebecca Jones
Rebecca’s role is to ensure that more people find out about Healthwatch's work across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire so they can contribute their health and social care stories. The more patient feedback we receive the more we can make an impact on services. Rebecca maintains the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for each of the three areas and sends out our bi-monthly newsletters.
Rebecca’s background is in local journalism, where she has attended many meetings on changes and developments in health and hospital services in the South West and further afield.