Donnarie Goldson, Interim Transformation and Commissioning Manager, Maternity
I have worked for the NHS for three years starting in Barnet CCG as joint commissioner for the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme. I then worked at Tower Hamlets CCG as Head of Maternity, Children’s and Young People. I started my career volunteering as an appropriate adult for vulnerable adults, then in frontline local authority and third sector roles as a drug and alcohol worker for both young people and adults.
In my current role I led on the collaborative development of the south west London delivery plan for maternity services. It began with an audit of maternity services based on the Better Births Review recommendations which sets out the key outputs required to improve maternity services. These plans work with providers to ensure every woman has a personalised maternity care plan as part of their maternity journey.
The first submission of the delivery plan was a milestone for me in terms of my professional development. Key activities included: engaging with key stakeholders across four south west London providers. This was challenging at times as everyone had to fit in additional meetings, workshops and requests for information into their everyday tasks. As a system, we achieved the desired outcome, with lessons learnt along the way.
My career started almost 20 years ago and I can honestly say that south west London Health and Care Partnership is in my top three of best work environments. My previous and current manager have been extremely supportive, approachable and encouraging in my role – I’ve been sure to tell them both. I believe that expressing appreciation and gratitude is important.
I would recommend working at the Partnership to other people. You will be supported to develop your skills and experience, and staff are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. They are always happy to help, and if they can’t, they’ll always point you in the right direction.