Sara-Jane previously worked in Strategic Development and Planning in Higher Education. She has a keen interest in how data can be used to improve health across society. Her particular concern is in improving outcomes for those affected by adversity in childhood.
She has recently trained in restorative practice facilitation, mental health support and volunteer management. She currently volunteers with a number of organisations.
She is interested in how data is used to maintain and drive improvements in patient safety. She was a bursary winner for the HSJ Patient Safety Congress 2022 as a patient representative with experience of acute medical care.
Having diagnosed her daughter with Type 1 Diabetes due to having an awareness of the symptoms from the media, she has used social media to inform others of the symptoms of the condition to help ensure early diagnosis.
She is aware of the potential for data research to save lives and the need to reach beyond those who currently consider themselves as having an interest in health. There is a need to ensure it is trusted, inclusive and that the benefits are shown to all from the very youngest to the oldest.