About Fiona

Fiona worked for thirty years in publishing and Higher Education, mostly at the Open University. A kidney cancer patient since 2001, she’s had a lot of surgery, most recently a Whipple’s surgery for pancreatic mets in 2011, and she finally retired in 2012. She now has iatrogenic Diabetes (like T1, but caused surgically). She accidentally got involved in the NHS as a patient rep, locally, regionally and nationally. She is Co-Chair of the East of England Citizen Senate; a member of the Specialised Urology (Cancer) CRG, and works with NHS England on a number of initiatives. She’s particularly interested in 7-day Services and patient-centred care, and has spoken on these subjects in numerous places, including at the NHSE AGM She has helped to design and develop NHS Citizen, chaired the Wheelchair Services Summit with David Nicholson, and is part of the Coalition for Collaborative Care.

She also plays wheelchair basketball, with the most enormous enthusiasm.

4 thoughts on “About Fiona

  1. Hi Fiona
    Bev Taylor has forwarded e your website details and has told me a little about you. Statutory sector and VCS Partners are holding a Whole System Approach to Wellbeing Event in Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon on 22 September from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

    During this we will set out our approach to wellbeing and within this what some of the tangible outputs will be (e.g. wellbeing network, social prescribing etc) . The aim of the event is to share our vision/s get engagement and work together on what the challenges and drivers are and to work out how we can move forward more together.

    We would love it if both you and Bev could work with me on this and co-facilitate this event because of the experience, world view and expertise that you would both bring.

    If Please can you e mail or call me so we can arrange a time to talk?
    Gill Kelly
    Integration Lead within Cambs & Peterborough CCG
    Mobile: 07968 746048
    Landline: 01223 72 5453


    1. Hello Gill
      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m very tempted by this, and it would be a pleasure to work with Bev again. However, I’d need to pull out of something else, so I’m going to go off and look at that. I think I’d be more useful at Hinchingbrooke, that day…
      Feel free to use my email and phone details directly, by the way. If you haven’t heard back by mid-week, perhaps you could give me a ring. We’ve got a bit of a flap on here, and I’m a bit distracted, but I’d like to do this.
      Very best,


  2. Hi Fiona,
    We met many years ago, through Janice C. I wanted you to know I avidly am reading (and passing on tidbits to a sister with cancer) your blog. I won’t say the mundane things…..but I WILL think of you every day and send more positive and admiring thoughts your way. You. Are. Something else.
    Jamie Shay (all the way from California!)


    1. Hi there Jamie. I remember you very well and enjoyed meeting you! I know that you’ve been a great friend of Janice’s for a long time now. She always talks about you. Glad that you’re ‘enjoying’ the blog, or at least finding it useful. Thanks for your thoughts, and for getting in touch and, especially, for those Californian good vibrations – the original and best!


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