We are currently recruiting volunteers to sit on our Steering Group - are you interested in making a difference to health and social care services in Rotherham.
Have a look at our Recruitment Pack here
We would love to hear from you!
Meet the team:
Nicola Dyke: Chair of the Steering Group
I am a qualified children's nurse and health visitor. I was invited by a friend to become involved in Rotherham Healthwatch. I am passionate about the health and wellbeing of people and I am fully committed to offer and promote holistic care ensuring that the physical and mental health needs of the general public are being met. The steering group is allowing me the opportunity to be an advocate for clients and the local community.
I am Deputy Chairman of Rotherham Healthwatch. Now technically retired, I have had a forty-six-year career as a nurse, teacher, academic and project/programme manager.
I have worked in health facilities and universities in UK and in post-conflict and post-disaster situations in Kuwait, Lebanon, Bosnia and Pakistan.
I am Chairman of Rotherham Older People’s Forum and represent the Royal College of Nursing on the National Council of the National Pensioners’ Convention.
Sarah Coward runs her own business as a Freelance Research Consultant, having previously been
employed at several academic institutions. Sarah has 18 years academic research experience in the
policy fields of Housing and Homelessness, Health and Social Care, and Urban Regeneration. Sarah
specialises in carrying out qualitative research with vulnerable/marginalised groups and has
expertise in conducting longitudinal research. She has a particular interest in the housing, health
and social care needs of homeless people. Sarah works closely with voluntary and statutory sector
services. Sarah was awarded her PhD in 2019 from The University of Sheffield, entitled Home life:
the meaning of home for people who have experienced homelessness. Sarah is currently
volunteering with the NHS Covid 19 Vaccination Service.
I have been working in the health and wellbeing field for the last 15 years after completing a Sport and Exercise Science degree. My first 10 years saw me working for Sheffield City Council taking on various roles around sport development, older adults physical activity, exercise referral, cardiac rehab and falls prevention. I then moved to spend some time working for England Athletics supporting recreational running across Yorkshire. I have also been tutoring for England Athletics for the last 10 years. The last 3 years I have seen me working as health and wellbeing manager for Rotherham United Community Sports Trust which involves work with community members from young children to older adults and everything between. I love the work I do and I am passionate about helping the community to live a healthy and happy life. The work that the HealthWatch team carries out is vital to community of Rotherham and I am pleased to be able to support them.