Val has lived or worked in Cambridgeshire since leaving Loughborough University in 1985 as a Human Psychology graduate and Science and PE teacher. Her formal training and career developed in the field of health improvement and the science and art of putting evidence of what works to improve services into practice. A member of the Faculty of Public Health, Val maintains up to date professional development.
Val has been a member of a number of boards; locally at Cambridgeshire Health Authority in the late 1990’s, regionally for the Health Development Agency, at NICE where she was Implementation Director, and currently as a Non Executive Director at East North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (ENHT).
Over 10 years at NICE Val interacted extensively with NHS and Local Authority organisations and their regulatory or support agencies to help get NICE guidance into practice. Val established the NICE independent committee for Quality Outcomes Framework in primary care and was the start-up director for NICE Quality Standards. The large library of these quality standards - all based on evidence of effectiveness, safety and experience - now provide a powerful message to people about what high quality care should be like across a range of health and social care topic areas and how to measure it.
Val Chairs the Patient Experience Committee at ENHT and deputy chair for Quality and safety Committee. She is the Board champion for safeguarding and for diversity and inclusion.
A lover of sports and exercise and Trustee of local partnership organisation Living Sport, Val brings her energy, team working experience and high expectation of success to the role of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Chair alongside her other independent consultancy activities.