Since 2012 I have worked independently offering advice, support and training to national, regional and local health and social care organisations and groups.
- Between December 2014 and September 2015 I was working as a personal health budget advisor to Camden CCG for their Personal Health Budgets in Mental Health project.
- Between December 2013 and March 2015 I was working with the NHS England personal health budgets team as a mental health advisor.
- From June2014 to January 2015 I trained as a member of Care and Health Law’s Care Act 2014 training team.
- In October 2013 I finished a 14 month contract as Project Manager for the eCAT Project for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Warwickshire County Council (September 2012 to October 2013).[see below]
Other work I have done independently includes:
- 2 training days on the history and development of personalisation in mental health for MIND/UCLAN Module Making Personalisation effective in Mental Health Practice, 2014
- Presentation and co-ordination for Coventry and Warwickshire MH Trust at Personalisation and mental health days, 2011/2012
- Presentation and design and facilitation of workshop exercises for Network for Change at Personalisation and Mental Health – Making it work for Leicester event May 2011
- Presentation and facilitation for Portsmouth Council Support Planning day, November 2011
From September 2012 (to October 2013): eCAT project manager, contracted by Warwickshire County Council/South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, and working with George Eliot Hospital. The eCAT was an electronic referral from acute hospital care to health and social care community services for older people requiring support at home following discharge. It enables people to leave hospital in a timely, safe and well-coordinated way, and to have the full assessment of their needs once they arrive home (rather than having to wait in hospital for that assessment to happen).
Between May 2011 and April 2012 I was employed part-time to support Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Demonstrator sites in their innovative work as part of the Department of Health CAF programme.
During that time I have also worked independently, providing support and training to a number of different individuals and organisations. Alongside training and conference events, I have been involved in the production of the following:
- The Mind Guide to Personal Budgets (2012)
- Personal health budgets guide: ways in which the money can be held and managed (June 2012)
Between 2006 and March 2011, I worked for the Department of Health, mainly in the areas of the promotion of Independent Living and Recovery. I was involved in the development, production and follow-up work on the following [click on the names to access the documents!]:
- Direct payments for people with mental health problems: A guide to action (2006)
- Increasing the Uptake of direct payments (2006)
- Paths to Personalisation in mental health (2010: revised by NDTi 2013)
- Carers and Personalisation: improving outcomes (2011)
as well as supporting the production of two documents on co-production within the Department of Health Common Assessment Framework (CAF) programme (not yet published) by Westminster C-I-L and Equal Citizen Services.
Before that I worked on direct payments and social inclusion for the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) and the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP).
Over the last 15 years I have contributed to hundreds of local training and/or information events and numerous regional and national conferences in all parts of England.
Before this I worked for 20 years in a variety of roles for the voluntary organisation Together; these included roles as the co-ordinator to the MACASURE user-controlled research project and the Essex Carers Needs’ Assessment, and support to independent Carers services. Also as line manager for work / employment, residential, community support and personal development services.
Prior to this I worked for Avon Council Social Services in what was then called a ‘psychiatric rehabilitation hostel’, which followed my first ‘proper job’, as a nursing assistant in a large ‘mental hospital’.
In all that I have done I have striven to be an effective ally of all people using the support and services I have been involved with, including those family members and friends that support them, and consider the purpose of my work to be to support the practical realisation of the values that lie behind the implementation of Personalisation: the promotion of equality and independent living/recovery for all people.
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