Aside from a stint working for a national newspaper my career has been exclusively working in disability related roles. Early experiences with my Nan, who had mixed dementia, and as a support worker, led me to question why it was so hard to deliver what matters to people despite colleagues agreeing it was the way forward.
I worked in community development, policy and campaigning, before joining Alzheimer’s’ Society in 2006 to manage service teams across three counties. Since 2012 my focus has been personalisation policy and practice. I’ve worked on the Care Act guidance, a Dementia Friendly Charter for Personal Budgets, both iterations of TLAP’s Making it Real and partnered with NHS England and Improvement’s Personalised Care Group to set up and run the Dementia Change Action Network (DCAN).
My personal and professional experiences have embedded in me a deep sense that personalisation values, principles and practice provide the best approach to today’s challenges faced across communities, health, and social care. The most effective route to meaningful change and workable solutions is through co-production and collaborative partnerships of which Think Local Act Personal is a pioneering example.