Experts in specialist interventions wherever and whenever
they are needed

We have a number of experts who work with individuals in any of our services who may require complex and specialist interventions. These experts are involved right from the start of an individual’s journey with us, giving them the extra support they need and delivering specialist staff training to manage behaviour that may be considered challenging.

Our Specialist Interventions Team includes Dr Margaret Wilson, who is our Autism Consultant. Dr Mags works closely with our Positive Behaviour Intervention team to assess individuals with autism and additional needs and provides advice, support strategies and training on how best to support individual’s specialist needs associated with their autism.

Our Positive Behaviour Intervention team provide tailored provide tailored Positive Behaviour Support and a person-centred, values based approach which; recognises the connection between behaviour and communication, responds to the purpose behind the behaviour, recognises that everyone has unique strengths and talents and supports the view that complex behaviour does not need to limit people’s lives. The focus for the team is on positive outcomes for every individual we support, no matter what their challenges to ensure they have a good quality of life.

We also have our PWS Outreach team who are experts on the rare genetic condition Prader-Willi Syndrome. They share their knowledge and expertise of this condition and ensure the individuals who live within one of our PWS services are supported appropriately to suit their needs, this may mean training for staff, supporting service managers and giving advice, guidance and support wherever it is needed.

Meet our Autism Consultant

 

“It is heartening to work with our support teams: their ambition for the people they support is creating opportunities for individuals which, even a few years ago, would have been thought unrealistic.”

Dr Margaret Wilson

Autism Consultant

I began working with people with autism and related conditions in the 1970s. Today I work with people with autism who are at very different life stages, from counselling couples where one or both of the partners has autism or related conditions, to working with children with autism and running intensive teaching programmes for pre-school children. I also make regular visits to Romania and to Togo in West Africa to support special centres for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and cognitive difference.

At Consensus I assess and make recommendations for people with autism and additional needs. I undertake bespoke training around individuals and work alongside staff teams. An interesting part of my work is helping to plan new services to ensure they’re properly resourced, and I work closely with our Positive Behaviour Intervention team.

Outside of work I… am a keen distance runner and a licensed lay minister in the Anglican church.

Meet our Positive Behaviour Intervention team

 

The team build strong relationships, not only with all our services and the colleagues who work within them, but also with the individuals we support and their families. Practitioners work across different geographical regions and respective services wherever they are needed, bringing their wealth of knowledge and experience to help shape individualised person-centred plans.

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Meet our PWS Outreach Team

“We’re effective because we listen to, and understand, the people we support, helping them to turn their wishes and goals into opportunities and achievements – and an all-round better quality of life.”

Myles Kelly

Prader-Willi Syndrome Liaison Officer

I’ve worked in social care since 1986 when I began my career as a care assistant. I progressed to senior carer and then management roles supporting people with learning disabilities, many of whom were also living with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

As part of the Consensus Gretton team I help to support the more complex and challenging placements and am actively involved in the PWS Outreach Support Team, working alongside Kathryn to support Service Managers to deliver the very best outcomes for people with PWS.

I act as the interface between Consensus Gretton and the PWS Association (PWSA) and its various associates, plus medical professionals in the UK and further afield.

Outside of work I…enjoy family time, playing golf, music, politics, film and TV.

“I cherish that I am in a position to make a positive and tangible difference to the lives of people with Prader-Willi Syndrome.”

Kathryn Clarke

Head of PWS Outreach Support

I’ve been with the company since the early 1980’s and actually started at Consensus Gretton as Catering Manager and then became General Manager in 1997.

In 2011, I became Head of Strategy and Operations providing operational and strategic direction for the PWS specialist services, ensuring the very highest level of support for individual’s bespoke needs.

In 2018, I became Head of PWS Outreach Support, across the whole of Consensus. Mine is a truly diverse role – no two days are the same, where I give direction and support to our Service Managers on how best to support individuals with PWS who live in the homes they run.  I share my knowledge and expertise of PWS and give advice, guidance training and support wherever it is needed across the organisation.

Outside of work I…spend time with my family, visit the theatre and dream of holidays in the Greek islands.