Zoe Gibson, Patient speaker
Zoe Gibson graduated from Loughborough University with a First Class Honours degree in English and then trained as an English as a Foreign Language Teacher, leading to varied and rewarding employment in countries around the world including Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, South Korea , Japan and the UK.
Zoe has battled recurrent depressive disorder since the age of 19 and, after experiencing acute perinatal illness in 2011, is passionate about using her own experience to shape services and benefit others. As a member of the Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit Project Development Board, Zoe, together with former service user, Tynisa Nixon, used her patient perspective to shape all aspects of the MBU, from design and décor, to patient leaflets, recruitment and policies.
As a Peer Support Worker at Rosewood MBU, Zoe carries the patient voice across the Unit, provides a visual symbol of hope that recovery is possible and works side-by-side with mums to listen, encourage and support them in their recovery.
Zoe has spoken at various conferences and training events and has written a blog post about her role as a Peer Support Worker, which was published on the NHS England website