Building partnerships with commissioners to deliver bespoke solutions
Our Development Team works in collaboration with local commissioners to understand the needs of people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs in their communities. Our team then delivers solutions specifically designed to meet these requirements.
Every solution is different and may range from a new build offering a forensic service through to an option that re-configures and re-purposes an existing service to meet changing needs in that area. Our team is currently playing an active part in NHS England’s Transforming Care Agenda which is changing how services are commissioned and delivered for people with learning disability, autism, mental health and who demonstrate behaviour that challenges. We’re working on key initiatives designed to help people to live in the least restrictive environments, closer to their families and social networks.
Director of Development and Partnerships
“I love improving services and providing effective support solutions. The harder the challenge, the more interested I am!”
My first care role was as a learning disability care assistant in a residential home. I discovered a passion for supporting people and seeing them progress and worked my way up, becoming a Registered Manager before moving into the procurement and commissioning of services. Before joining Consensus, I was a member of the senior management lead commissioning team for an NHS/local authority partnership commissioning service for people with learning disabilities.
In my role at Consensus I work with local authority and NHS commissioners to develop new and existing accommodation and support services all designed to support people with learning disabilities to be part of the wider community. We work closely with individuals and their families and advocates to ensure our services support their needs in the ways they want to be supported.
Outside of work I… enjoy DIY, playing golf, travelling and riding my motorbike.
“I really enjoy the process of troubleshooting and finding innovative solutions to problems – with the ultimate goal of helping people to achieve positive outcomes and better lives.”
Head of Development and Partnerships (North)
My background is in social work: I set up and for ten years managed a busy learning disability fieldwork social work team. I have been an approved Mental Health Practitioner, a role which involved organising Mental Health Act assessments in a range of settings, and I have also worked as an Emergency Duty Social Worker.
Here at Consensus I design and develop new high quality services in collaboration with commissioners. It’s a varied and extremely interesting area of work.
Outside of work I… am involved in various musical projects, from song writing to performing live.
“I’m passionate that people with learning disabilities, however complex or challenging they may appear, get the same opportunities to enjoy life as those without disabilities.”
Head of Development and Partnerships (South)
My first role in this sector was as a support worker, working with people who had moved out of Darenth Park, the first long stay hospital in England that was closed. Nearly 30 years later and I’m still working in this fantastic, hugely rewarding sector.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had some incredible opportunities: I’ve held a number of operational roles up to regional manager level and I’ve expanded my remit into project management, business development and practice leadership. At Consensus I work with commissioners, people with learning disabilities and their families to design and develop new and existing housing and support services to best meet individual needs.
Outside of work I… am a serial volunteer! I’m treasurer for a coeliac support group and I volunteer at Worthing parkrun. I also love making craft items and following rugby union.