It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Dr Kate Mansfield. Kate worked as our Clinical Lead for Children and Maternity and was a dear and much loved colleague. Clinical Chair Dr Jonathan Hayes and Chief Executive Julia Ross both paid tribute to her at our Governing Body meeting earlier this month.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform the governing body of the death of Dr Kate Mansfield who suddenly passed away at the weekend after a brave fight against a cancer related illness. You will all remember Kate, she was an energetic, fabulous GP. She was a GP at West Walk Surgery in Yate for many years and then to ensure consistency and continuity of service provision at Wellington Road Surgery at Yate. With her husband Nick, she took that practice on and they worked alongside each other as job shares. She stood up to sit on the governing body of the South Gloucestershire CCG and was a formidable character on our governing body, she was an absolute stickler for quality and patient care and had a really strong moral compass in the sense of justice and she saw us smoothly transition from South Gloucestershire CCG into BNSSG CCG, whilst all the time maintaining her role as clinical lead for children’s and women’s health services. She also took a role around safeguarding which she did admirably in a joint role with the local authority in South Gloucestershire. She was very highly thought of and well respected by all of her colleagues.
In her spare time she was a chair of governors at Chipping Sodbury School, so she really did throw herself into public service. She had a huge amount of life and energy and she gave so much. She was a respected colleague and a friend to all of us and will be sorely missed by all of those who knew and loved her. Our sympathies go out to her husband Nick and their children. Nick is very touched and pleased that Kate ended her days surrounded by her family. She was able to die peacefully at home and was incredibly well supported by the palliative care team and the community district nurses’ team. He wanted his gratitude to be expressed to all of the organisations who were involved in her care. We have sent flowers on behalf of the CCG. As we come out of COVID and recovery, we will think very carefully about what we do to properly pay due respect to her.
Julia Ross added:
I absolutely loved Kate. She was so supportive when I arrived and just about a year ago I got a phone call from Kate saying “Julia, your job’s really tough and lonely, and I wanted to be here to be a friend for you”. We’d arranged to meet for coffee and sadly before we could her diagnosis was confirmed and we never did do that. She was just a wonderful, wonderful woman and the way that she represented the population she served is what she always cared about. She was such a good governing body member because her focus was always the people we serve and of course, with a particular passion with children. So I just wanted to add my, sort of memorial really to Jon’s, which is that she just was a wonderful woman and she is sorely lost.