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We have been able to welcome a number of new Governors from the turn of the year but in the case of one new Public Governor, it’s a case of ‘welcome back’!

Pervaiz Iqbal is Public Governor for North East Derbyshire and was, up until October 2020, a consultant here at the Royal so has a great deal of experience within the NHS to draw upon. We spoke to Pervaiz to talk about his new perspective on life at the Royal.

Pervaiz, welcome back to the Royal…was being a Public Governor always part of your plan?

Not from the beginning no, but I regard my retirement as part of a journey and this part for me has just started. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to retire gradually as it was in 2016 when I started to reduce my hours and take a step back. I’ve probably been thinking about the Public Governor role for two or three years now and my retirement back in October coincided with the election period so the timing was perfect.

How have you found it so far?

A little frustrating but that’s largely down to the circumstances of the moment. We’ve had virtual meetings and I have to say I was very impressed with the induction which was very well laid out and was just the right amount of time and importance. It’s just such a shame that we can’t meet in person just yet as it means that any involvement we have had so far has been limited. I’m certain that will change and hopefully very soon.

What do you think you will bring to the role?

I know the hospital and have very recent knowledge of how it works and what it needs. As part of my role as Clinical Director and Associate Clinical Director, I am very used to working in groups within committees and forums so know how they work and how to get my point across. It’s important to know when to speak and when to keep quiet which is a skill I hope I’ve developed and I’m not afraid to challenge when necessary, which I think is essential when representing your community.

You’ll be approaching things from a different perspective, how will you change your focus?

That’s true, but I am now part of a multi-professional group who all have the same goal in mind, to represent our communities and their interests. Most of our Public Governors are of a similar age to me but we all have different backgrounds and can learn from each other. My background happens to be medicine and the NHS but I will have people around me within the Council who have no NHS experience at all and that will bring many different perspectives. I can learn from those who have experience in social care, the voluntary or business sectors and it is how we work together and take on board each other’s experience that will define our approach.

How are you hoping to be involved in Governor activity?

I know that there are a number of committees and sub-committees and I’ve got my eye on the Nominations Committee which I hope I can become involved in. It links the Council of Governors in with the Non-Executive Directors and Chair and it’s this kind of interaction that I feel will play to my strengths. 

When I was here as a Consultant I set up and organised a very successful photography exhibition that helped to showcase some of the artistic talent here at the hospital and in the community. It ran for five years, people loved to come along and it sparked discussion and conversation with a number of different themes explored. I’m part of the Chesterfield Photographic Society and also the retirement group Chesterfield U3A which is a collection of around 50 interest groups that also includes photography. I’d love to tap into that and see if it’s something we can resurrect once I’m settled in.

So, happy to be back?

Very happy! It’s good to be involved and to see good things happening so I can’t wait to get properly started once things have got back to some sense of normality. I’m looking forward to meeting my new colleagues face to face and take it from there.