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A cuppa with Stephanie Merrick

Hello Stephanie and welcome to DCHS, what role have you joined us in?

I joined DCHS in February 2017 as the Trust’s new information governance (IG) officer.

Fabulous and how is it going?

It’s going really well – thank you. I feel like I have settled in well!

Where did you work before?

I came from Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham where I was the freedom of information lead. It was my first job after completing my Criminology degree at Nottingham Trent University.

And what made you want to join DCHS?

I was really attracted to the idea of working in a Community Trust, and saw this role as a development opportunity building on my experience at QMC.

What is the biggest difference you have noticed with life at DCHS?

I drink loads more tea and coffee here!!!No seriously, my previous role was very desk based; a lot of chasing people via email or sorting through spreadsheets! I love the fact that in this job I get to work face to face with so many colleagues; I see loads of staff at training sessions and travelling around the county supporting teams. 

I’m basically the ‘friendly face’ of information governance and really enjoy working with individuals and teams to de-mystify IG, develop useful resources and help staff to do things the right way.

So, how do you keep yourself busy outside of work?

DIY – lots of it! My partner and I have just re-furbished our first home together. It was a total ‘do-er upper’… and has taken us ages! When I’m not doing DIY, I volunteer as a Police Special Constable in Derbyshire. 

Is there anything else we should know about you?!

I’m a country music fan and in the future I am going to own and look after as many dogs as I can fit into the house… P.S. please don’t tell my partner!!