When my husband John passed away, I expected to descend the depths of despair and depression......how wrong I was! During the six and a half years that John was an invalid, we had become part of User Groups at both New Cross and West Park Hospitals with the hope that as part of a group, we could help to improve the attitude of some NHS staff. I continued with these groups and was invited to join the group at the University of Wolverhampton which was to become RESULT. This lead to my becoming a member of the SUCCESS group. My experience of caring for such a poorly person (John had a brain haemorrhage which resulted in surgery to remove a lobe of his brain) led to my enrolling on a course studying a module on Health and Social Care. On completion of the module I underwent the training to enable me to become part of the interview panel for adult nursing, mental health nursing, social work, health care sciences, etc. I am kept very busy which is my choice, I gain personal satisfaction fom my involvement in RESULT, have made good friends with several academics and made my children very proud of me. The main reason to get involved, i.e. hoping to help improve standards within the NHS, still is my main driver-I firmly believe that the patient should be at the centre of all care.