Meet the Chiropractic Patients Association Committee:
Baroness Janet Fookes, DBE - President
Baroness Fookes DBE DL is a British politician. She was a member of the House of Commons from 1970 to 1997 representing the constituencies of Merton and Morden (1970 to 1974) and Plymouth Drake (1974 to 1997). She served as a Deputy Speaker from 1992 to 1997 when she retired from the House and was then made a Life Peer. She is active in the House of Lords with special interest in health matters and serves as a Deputy Speaker there though the role is very different from that in the House of Commons.
‘As a busy M.P. I was alarmed when I had back problems which impeded my work. I was extremely grateful to Mr Walker, a leading chiropractor in Plymouth for dealing with the problem. A few years ago I again had a problem and was delighted to receive attention from his son. As a result of my own direct experience I have always been a keen supporter of the Chiropractic Patients’ Association and its more localised predecessor, the Chiropractic Advancement Association.’
Penny Copland-Griffiths - Vice President, Trustee
Many years have passed and I am still a patient of chiropractic and so very grateful for all the help I have received over thirty eight years. I first worked for a Chiropractor called John Clarke in Bournemouth as a Remedial Masseuse eventually meeting and becoming the wife of chiropractor, Michael Copland-Griffiths. In 2005 whilst setting up an exhibition I fell and broke my right wrist (a bad fracture, which hampered my profession) resulting in early retirement. Coupled, at the same time, with a divorce I now live happily and quietly in a village. However, thanks to continued treatment by a chiropractor in Yeovil, Martin Young I have taken up new hobbies of tapestry and botanical drawing, both these activities could not be so accomplished without chiropractic treatment. In my early working years I accepted the role of Chairman of the CPA and am so glad to see the CPA under the guidance of Tony and Maureen Atkinson going from strength to strength.
Maureen E. Atkinson - Chairman, Trustee
I first became a chiropractic patient in 1982, after falling heavily off a horse on to my right buttock! What I did not know at the time was that I had a scoliosis to the right of my spine, requiring a 5mm lift in my left shoe. This was progressively explained to me by my chiropractors and indeed the same condition exists in my son, proof of genetic inheritance. The condition has needed chiropractic care and rehab to keep me mobile until now and probably over the rest of my life. In my son’s case, his experience encouraged him to join the chiropractic profession.
I joined the CPA in 1983 and became both Secretary and Treasurer in 1997. I was then invited to become a member of the newly formed Investigating Committee of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) in 2002 and served for 6 years. In 2002 I was elected Chairman of the CPA and in that role represented the CPA on the Communications Strategy Advisory Group of the GCC and on the Council of the College of Chiropractors. I was elected, as the first Lay Fellow of the College of Chiropractors in 2008. In 2010 I was elected Secretary of Pro Chiropractic Europe, to advance chiropractic treatment and the profession throughout the European community.
My aim is to see chiropractic treatment become more readily available to those who may not yet realise how beneficial it can be to their general well being. This will be through promotion of the profession and through lobbying to encourage the NHS to fund chiropractic treatment. NHS consultants are already saying that, “Mechanical manipulation for specific conditions can be really worthwhile”.
Hew Helps - Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Trustee
Chair of Lay Partnership Group of the College of Chiropractors, Member of Communications Advisory Group - General Chiropractic Council, Lay member of Fitness to Practice Committee - General Chiropractic Council.
I became a member of the CPA in the 80s having enjoyed successful treatment for back pain. I continue to seek chiropractic treatment whenever I do something silly which causes me back pain.
Nastasya Barbiere - Minutes Secretary, Trustee
I started work at the Chiropractic Patients Association in July 2001. In November 2001 I had a minor car accident and suffered a mild whiplash injury. Maureen the Chair of the CPA recommended that I go to see a chiropractor. I saw Jenny Casemore and was very pleased with the treatment I received and I fortunately made a very quick recovery. As well as being on the Committee as the Minute Secretary, I am now also a Trustee of the CPA. I would easily recommended chiropractic treatment to anybody.
I first received chiropractic treatment thirteen years ago, have been a member of the Chiropractic Patients Association for just over seven years as the McTimoney Chiropractic Association's patient representative. I am also one of the CPA representatives on the Lay Partnership Group of the College of Chiropractors, and have been involved with their PPQM (Patient Practice Quality Mark) award since its inception.