Pat worked in the field of Mental Health for 32 years, starting as a student nurse, rising through to Clinical Nurse Manager and finally on to general management.
In 1998, Pat joined the Leicestershire County Council (LCC) and worked with that authority for 14 years before retiring in December 2012. Her roles involved service development, commissioning and contracting, primarily around services to support carers of people living in Leicestershire. For 12 of those fourteen years Pat was the Carers’ Lead Officer for the County Council, in which role she successfully enabled the development of three Carers’ Strategies and several well received internal and external Carers’ Services. Pat has received many accolades for her work with and for carers from colleagues at a local, regional and national level, the most significant of which was being nominated by LCC for, and subsequently being awarded, an MBE in 2010 for services to local government.
Pat joined Healthwatch Leicestershire (HWL) in December 2012 and is now joint Chairperson of the HWL Carers’ Reference Group.