Bromley: Ben Spencer

I became a Public Governor representing our Public members who live in the Bromley borough in 2016.

Governor: Dr Ben Spencer
Public Governor (Bromley): Ben Spencer

About me

I went to medical school in London, and trained as a psychiatrist between 2009-2014.  Since 2015 I've taken time out of training to run a study investigating the ability of people who are unwell with psychosis to make decisions about taking part in research.

I'm passionate about supporting people to be able to make decisions for themselves when they are unwell, especially when it comes to taking part in research and decisions around treatment.  The focus of my research is looking into how this may be achieved.

During my rotations as a junior doctor I have worked for Oxleas as an Older Adults Liaison Psychiatry Registrar in Greenwich, and from that I developed an interest and insight into the services Oxleas provides.

Why I became a Governor

In my career I've met a lot of people and seen the difficulties they have had to overcome, particularly in times of crisis. Small things can make all the difference, and support for families and carers is essential.  I want to learn from the people of Bromley and be their voice as their governor.

It's been great meeting new people and hearing their views on how to improve care and support for the local community.  Seeing the enthusiasm and passion there is about Oxleas is truly inspiring.  I've learnt so much already about not just some of the difficulties they have faced, but also their insights as to how these can be changed.

My interests and hobbies

I'm a keen cycler which gets me round everywhere in South London.  I enjoy watching football (but can't play to save my life) and I'm a West Ham United supporter and season ticket holder.

Contact me

You can contact me by:

  • emailing oxl-tr.governors@nhs.net
  • or you can call the Trust Secretary's office on 01322 625752 - they will pass a message on to me.
  • you can also write to me c/o the Trust Secretary's Office, Pinewood House, Pinewood Place, Dartford DA2 7WG.