Peter Flockhart

Peter Flockhart
Peter tells us about his life, his varied career and his role as a volunteer for the HSRU Public Involvement Partnership


Tell us about your role in HSRU

I joined the group in 2018 having had to give up my full-time employment. Initially, my role was to revise leaflets or notices from consultants, transforming them into more readable and understandable formats that could be easily comprehended by all. As time has gone on that role has developed into taking part in research studies from a public viewpoint.

Tell us a bit about your background and what you do now

I have lived a challenging life with lots of bumps along the way. I helped look after our son who was born with several disabilities, which allowed us the experience of talking to specialists and clinicians, we did this for just over 20 years before he passed away. I survived Cancer in 1999 and now live with the side effects of a damaged stomach which makes everyday life very difficult and sometimes painful. 

I left school and served my time as a mechanic for a local construction company, then started to learn people to drive, before changing roles and becoming a Driving Examiner. Testing on all vehicles that had more than 2 wheels. If it doesn’t have a wheel in each corner, then I wasn’t interested. During this time, I also became a trainer at their training centre at Cardington Bedford. I carried out these duties for over 17 years and was part of the permanent staff for several years. As my time is my own, I volunteer both at the ARI and RGU clinical skills, helping students along their way to qualifications. I also look forward to time with my family including special time with my Granddaughter Abby.

What is your favourite thing about your role in HSRU?

I love the variety that this role gives and the different tasks that can prop up from regular meetings to short-notice reviews that we may be asked to cover. I love to have to use my knowledge and experience to help others.

How do you usually start your day?

Coffee and a biscuit then open my emails to see what challenges are in the day ahead.

How do you relax?

I love driving and enjoy travelling to different countries, as well as spending quality time building Lego with my Granddaughter. 

What was the last thing you shared on your social media profiles?

Probably volunteering for something.