More About Me
I established my health and social care consultancy in 1991; prior to that I held posts at the King's Fund (1989-1991), the Family Policy Studies Centre (1983-1989), and the University of Bath (1981-1983).
I undertake a wide range of research and analysis on health and social care issues and I have a particular interest in: the health and social care interface, especially in relation to services for older people; the personalisation transformation in social care; eligibility and fair access; and the social care workforce. My clients include: Central Government departments; national charities and NGOs; and health and local authorities.
I have been a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee, and an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Between 2002 and 2010 I was a lay member of the General Social Care Council (GSCC - the workforce regulator for social workers), and was Vice Chair from 2008. From 2007 to 2011 I chaired the Advisory Group on Independent Living (AGIL) at the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In addition to working independently, I also work on occasion with various colleagues and associates. I have been a visiting fellow with the Personal Social Services Research Unit of the London School of Economics, and also previously held visiting fellowships with the Nuffield Institute of the University of Leeds, and with the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia. I have been an Associate of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, and am currently a Visiting Research Fellow with the Institute of Public Care (IPC), at Oxford Brookes University.
Reports and Publications
You can read about recent work I have undertaken or articles I have written for various organisations and news agencies.
I have been a regular contributor to The Guardian Social Care Network. and to the LSE Politics & Policy Blog.
In the New Year Honours list of December 2008 I was honoured to receive an OBE for Services to Social Care. I received my honour at Buckingham Palace in March 2009.
I received my doctorate from the University of Kent in 2016.
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