I am Jackie Tait and I come from Belfast in Northern Ireland. I moved to England when I was 22, first to London and then to Salford where I have now lived for 32 years and also raised my son here.I completed my Social Work training in Manchester and worked in children’s services with Barnardo's in Salford before moving into a management position for a national charity.
I found out about Healthwatch after signing up to receive the Healthwatch newsletter and thought my personal life and work experience would be relevant to the role of Healthwatch Non-Executive Director (NED). I was appointed as a non-executive director and then vice chair in 2014.I am really excited about some of the projects we have planned and look forward to being part of the development of Healthwatch Salford.I have relevant experience that I bring to the trustee group. I am a creative, ‘can do’ person who can think outside the box. I am sociable and get along with people easily.
I have a particular passion to find ways of ensuring that the health and social care agencies work together to make sure that those services are joined up and look at the whole person. Also where vulnerable people live together but fall into different groups e.g. an adult with a learning disability living at home with a parent with dementia, that agencies pull resources and offer the right support to the whole family. My whole working life has been supporting children’s and adults with a learning disability.
On a personal level I support my mum, who has dementia, at home. I manage her direct payment and co-ordinate her care. This has certainly given me a good understanding of community based support services.I love to travel but don’t get to do this quite as much these days. I have a passion for cooking and make a mean curry.I like my garden and enjoy nothing better than spending an afternoon with friends basking in the sunshine with a glass of wine amongst my plant pots.