A few moments with Jackie Ballard, Governing Body Associate Lay Member and Engagement Lead
Tell us about your role within the CCG?
I am one of the three lay members and the lay lead on public engagement.
What are the big challenges the CCG faces at the moment?
From my perspective one of our biggest challenges is in getting public support for the inevitable hard decisions we will need to take in order to stay within our financial limits. Allied to this is the challenge of persuading people to be more actively involved in their own health care, prevention is much better for everyone than treatment or cure.
If you could change one thing about the health service what would it be?
I would like to see a real shift in resources towards prevention and health promotion, much more support for evidenced public health initiatives.
What is the one thing that you have learnt in the last year that has surprised you and why?
The number of meetings and the length of committee and board papers - I am not convinced that it is the most effective use of anyone's time.
What are you most proud of in your working life?
That I have grabbed opportunities rather than following a career path, and as a result I have had a very varied and exciting working life.
What activity/hobby helps you escape from work life?
I belong to a book club, and we are currently reading the Booker prize winner The Sellout. I love theatre, music and travel and I go to zumba classes regularly - still have two left feet though.