I have been a member of the Tutbury Patients Forum since it began. I keep an eye on the National Association of Patient Participation group publications and how we might be affected locally. With a background in biomedical sciences, I am fascinated by the origins of diseases, the spread of the same and our attempts to combat them, globally and nationally, especially with the stretched resources of our NHS. I'm also keen to know how our health, mental and physical, can be enhanced by relaxation, meditation, exercise and creative pursuits such as art, crafts, music, gardening etc. I write poetry.