Currently working with NHS England IPC and Personal Health Budgets Workforce team on a short project looking at the advantages of Personal Assistants working for the person they support when they are admitted to hospital, involving people who employ personal assistants, hospital staff and voluntary and statutory organisations. I am also looking for work!
In September 2015 I finished working as a mental health personal health budgets advisor with Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, supporting the project manager Zofja with their early implementaion in certain mental health services.
My main interest is to support any activity which promotes equality of access and opportunity within our society, because I believe that will strengthen us all. For the last 35 years I have worked within the health and social care system, and have tried to be an effective ally of people who use it. I have learnt much from so many people along the way, and I believe that the principles and values behind Independent Living, as developed by disabled people over the last 40 years, and Recovery, as developed by people who experience mental distress, are now rightly beginning to shape the future for health and social, and wider support.
Community Care marked a significant step away from the institutionally-based system which preceded it. Working to the values and principles behind the goals of Independent Living and Recovery, supported by the complementary approaches of Personalisation and Social Inclusion, is the next and far greater step.
My previous experience includes working as an Advisor with the NHS England Personal Health Budgets Mental Health Demonstrator Programme (Dec 2013 to March 2015) and as eCAT project manager for Warwickshire County Council and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (Sept 2012 to Oct 2013). Prior to that I was a member of the Department of Health Putting People First/Personalisation team, working over a number of years on direct payments, mental health, with carers, and as part of the Common Assessment Framework team. I set up this website in order to:
- Advertise my availability for work and the things I can offer
- Be part of and promote the growing movement for greater personal control of health and social services and support
- Provide links and contacts to others who can offer advice and support
To contact me, please email email@example.com or telephone 07747 536067