This page contains details of people I have worked with who may be offering something you need! Some work independently, some for organisations. All details are supplied by the people themselves. Please contact them for further information.
I will try to maintain the list in rotating order. It is not in order of preference!
Antony’s own experiences of being in receipt of Social Care services have made him absolutely passionate about the needs of people who receive Social Care Support. The stigma experienced by people with disabilities has led him to try and change the philosophy of a paternalistic system to that where all people have their voices heard and their needs met in ways which suit them best. He strongly believes that the people with the support needs are the experts in those needs and he has worked over the last 18 years to achieve the goal that they should have the choice, independence and control to lead the lives they choose; with support provided in a way they choose if it’s needed.
Antony is a Director of the Co-operative partnership ‘action2learning’, which offers training and support on all aspects of personalisation and brokerage, both to individuals and organizations. He is also currently working as a strategic commissioning manager for Oxfordshire County Council and is a Regional Co-ordinator for the National Brokerage Network.
- Consultant and Facilitator
- 07824 555 221
Steve is a qualified occupational therapist and dramatherapist. Since 1998 he has led a wide range of service development projects including Whole Systems Mental Health (in North Tyneside), and Commissioning to Improve the Mental and Emotional Wellbeing of Children in the Criminal Justice System (in Yorkshire and The Humber).
He now leads Mental Health North East’s Personalisation programme, supporting voluntary sector providers, service users and carers, Local Authorities, Mental Health Trusts and commissioners to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks involved. He is also a musician and actor with Playback Theatre York, offering creative ways of working with communities and groups.
- Mental Health User Consultant, Trainer and Researcher
- 07710 714748
Tina has worked in mental health as a user consultant for over 13 years. In addition to work with local councils and NHS organisations, she has operated extensively at a national level with regulators and voluntary sector organisations as well as for Universities on numerous training, consultancy and research projects.
All Tina’s work is focused from a service user perspective, based in rights and the drive for a better understanding of people’s mental distress and how society reacts to it. She has a special interest and experience in personalisation, citizen participation, and also in empowerment and leadership for her peers.
- Independent Consultant
Some things I have been involved with:
Making Personal Health Budgets work: I know from personal experience that personal health budgets can offer a solution where individuals and families are frustrated with an existing health care package and want more choice and control over the support they receive. I’m passionate about personal health budgets and often speak at conferences to spread the word. I also work with directly with individuals and families wanting to pursue this option.
This sometimes involves mediating between individuals and families where negotiations have got stuck. I’m particularly interested in self-directed support for people with large and complex packages and in third party options as an alternative to direct payments for individuals who don’t want the responsibility of employing people. I’m also keen to ensure that people consider a personal health budget for young people in transition who become eligible for fully-funded NHS continuing health care.
- 07775 431 942
Jessica has over 15 years experience working within the social care sector, including working with organisations and local authorities that support people with mental health needs, substance misuse problems, older adults and learning disabilities.
A dedicated and results driven manager, with proven project management success, most recently employed as Self Directed Support Project Manager for Hampshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (Substance Misuse) and previously employed as Self Directed Support Lead Role for national mental health charity Together – Working for Wellbeing.
Daisy provides a range of training and consultancy services specialising in social care, mental health and substance misuse across statutory and voluntary sector providers, on an independent basis
Daisy has worked within mental health and addiction services for the last fifteen years, both for the NHS and also for voluntary sector organisations, at all levels including most recently as Executive Director. A social worker by background, she has spent a large part of her career working within integrated health and social care environments, providing and developing professional leadership and integrated service improvement.
Working to Recovery Ltd, is a small, dynamic and creative training and consultancy organisation. Born out of the need to promote recovery for all, our Directors, Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor have worked to establish a company that offers training and assistance to suit the needs of all our customers and clients. Based in Scotland and specialising in Mental Health practice, we work right across the UK and the rest of the world responding to many different training needs.
Ron and Karen are well known for their work on Recovery and Psychosis and Hearing voices, they also specialise in Self harm, Personality disorder, Risk training, Person Centred Planning & mental well being.
Visit our website to find out more more about how we can help you; the Working To Recovery approach and our team members, Ron Coleman, Karen Taylor, Jim Campbell, Dirk Corstens, Eleanor Longden, and Paul Baker.