I have worked as an independent consultant since 2015, specialising in programme management, policy and service reviews, investigations of various kinds, and projects that help services to engage with the people they support., I have successfully managed a number of national projects, and have written several well regarded policy and guidance documents for the adult social care provider sector. I work for individual providers on a range of operational, policy and governance issues..
My experience is pretty wide ranging, and I have the support on an associate basis of a small number of long standing and trusted colleagues, giving increased capacity, flexibility and breadth.
This website describes some of the ways that I could help your organisation. If there is anything that I may be able to help with, I would be delighted to hear from you. Do get in touch for an initial informal discussion.
Examples of current work
Programme management for the Care Provider Alliance
The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together all the main representative bodies for voluntary and independent adult social care providers, working to represent the sector and ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect it. I am supporting the CPA as Programme Manager for a range of projects including contingency planning, engagement with STPs, and data and cyber security. I have written a number of publications for the CPA, including national guidance on contingency planning and a guide to new ways of working in adult social care services.
Setting up and chairing an internal safeguarding committee
Having previously led a programme of work to review and update arrangements for safeguarding at Friends of the Elderly, a brilliant national charity which supports older people, I now chair an internal safeguarding committee set up as part of the review. The committee provides assurance for the charity's trustees in relation to safeguarding, and it helps ensure that the charity's safeguarding policy and practice are kept up to date. You can read more about the committee here.
Reviews and investigations
Over recent months I have undertaken short reviews of governance and quality assurance arrangements for one local and one national provider. I have also completed investigations in to whistle blowing, disciplinary and grievance issues.
Dignity and Engagement
Helping care services develop quality and responsiveness
We have now completed two projects helping care homes for older people to increase quality and responsiveness through structured engagement with the people they support, with relatives and with staff. The same methodology could also support services in people's home, and services for other groups. Read about how a Dignity and Engagement project could work for your organisation.
Other ways we can help