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Below is a short introduction to some members of the people's board. Get to know them better and find out more about their experiences and why they wanted to become a member of the board. 


Hello my name is Gerald Samociuk but most people know me as Sam.

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 advocated individualised person centred care.

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 am the chair of the patient participation group at Baildon Medical Practice and an active patient participation group network member. 

I would like to help to establish systems whereby integrated care services are truly co-produced in response to patient’s and carer’s needs. I think that this board can play a part in achieving this along with other organisations and communities across the CCGs.

Hi, my name is Aisha Surtee I work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service as a patient liaison assistant.

Having lived in Myanmar for 10 years I worked with various charities promoting national healthcare and medical assistance. I have come back to the UK with a newfound respect for the NHS and the great services it provides, For the NHS to continue to keep services up to date with the requirements of the public and for it to deliver the best services possible I believe patients need be at the heart of Clinical Commissioning Group decision-making. I think the people's board is a step in the right direction and I am proud to be a member.

My name is Karol Wyszynski, I'm a board member and previously a volunteer at charity organisation Sharing Voices Bradford.

Sharing Voices are a community development mental health organisation actively supporting and working with diverse minority communities of Bradford. I've also worked at BCB radio bringing and giving the voice to local communities. As a Polish person living here in Bradford for twelve years, I'm been very involved with my community, building bridges between existing services and those who have a problem with finding the help they need. As people's board member I'd like to see health services be sustainable and tailored to the needs and challenges of the city and district.

Hi. My name is Mohammed Mahboob and I currently work for a charitable organisation that supports the needs of individuals with mental health difficulties.

I have worked in the community and voluntary sector for many years. During this time I have worked to support a wide a range of community needs, address inequalities, and social causes.

Above everything else, I am passionate about people being able to access good quality services that they are entitled to, to be represented in decision making processes, and for their views to heard and actioned. I am proud to be member of the people's board and work with equally passionate people in representing the views of patients.