Samantha Goudie, Project Manager for Realistic Medicine

Tell us a little about your new role

I am passionate about person-centred care and this is my ideal job. Before joining NHS Forth Valley I worked in cancer research and in NHS Lothian. I’m still finding my feet as I’ve only been in the job a few weeks but essentially, I am working with a variety of stakeholders to try to set up a Realistic Medicine network. This includes organisations such as the Scottish Ambulance Service and I am establishing contacts through a combination of phone calls, emails, virtual and face-to-face meetings.

What are you hoping to achieve?

We know that if people are fully involved in decisions about their care, they are far more likely to value the treatment they chose. We want to make sure we strengthen the relationship with those that provide care and those who receive care. Shared decision making allows us to do that. For example, asking patients what matters to them helps
good collaborative decision making. We are currently planning an event for patients in Falkirk Library and recording sound bites for Radio Royal.

What do you think is your best quality?

I asked a friend to help me answer this one and she replied instantly “your kindness.” And I like the quote: If kindness could speak, she would say: ‘I take your feelings and wellbeing as seriously as my own.’

Pet hate?

My seven-year-old daughter’s aversion to homework. My husband and I try so hard to encourage her to learn but she is resistant to help. If asked to do anything at all she moans and cries…

Who or what is your greatest love?

My two daughters (aged 7 and 3) are my greatest love and the best thing in my life.

Most treasured possession and why?

When my Papa passed I got his set of Dominos and they remind me of playing with my siblings and grandparents when I was younger, I love those happy memories.

Favourite fashion item?

My Mulberry handbag given to me by my husband for Christmas and the fact he chose this make it all the more special. Plus it goes with every outfit!

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

I would love to see an Orca in the wild, we often visit Shetland and when we are there, I always follow the Facebook ‘Orca Sightings Shetland’ page but have yet to catch a glimpse.

Best decision you have ever made?

Going for a job in Projects in eHealth in 2013, it changed my working life entirely and had a positive effect on my confidence and life.

Favourite foods?

I love to eat out and some of my favourite places are Dishoom, Hawksmoor, Rollo and The Little Chatroom.

Last thoughts before you fall asleep at night?

Am I organised for the next morning, kids school bags, diary for work, packed lunches etc etc etc…