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Sarah Dixon

Patient Governor

Patient Governor

My current role

I was elected as a Patient Governor in July 2024 for my first three-year term of office. My decision to stand as a Governor was influenced by the excellent patient care I have experienced at Cambridge University Hospitals and the challenges I have seen staff face.

Alongside other visits, I am an ongoing outpatient, benefiting from the provision of brilliant colonoscopy services, as well as the highly efficient x-ray department, in common with very many patients across the region.

I also currently participate in research activities that contribute to project development: I am part of a four-year international breast cancer screening study and a member of the patient and public involvement group supporting the Cambridge Palliative & End of Life Research Group.

Previous history

I have been a School Governor for six years and, before retiring, I was a Headteacher for 16 years, with my foremost responsibility being safeguarding all pupils, as well as maintaining high standards of education and care. I was privileged to educate and support two children with life-limiting conditions, and I am inspired by the vision for Cambridge Children’s Hospital.

I have experience in hospital governance, having been a Public Governor at Peterborough District Hospital from 2004–2007, and serving as a Non-Executive Director at Hinchingbrooke and North West Anglia from 2015–2018. Patients’ experience was always my top priority, and I am honoured now to represent all patients as we move onwards through Addenbrooke’s 3.

Personal interests

I enjoy seeing family, especially babysitting my grandson, attending pilates classes, reading, and travelling, particularly to Italy.