Ray James – National Director of Learning Disability, NHS England & Immediate Past President of ADASS
Ray combines his role as the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care at Enfield Council with the privilege of serving as the Immediate Past President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). He was President for 2015- 16.
His Local Government career began in 1984 as a Scale 1 Clerical Officer and after working in three other London boroughs he joined Enfield in 1991, where many roles later he still works today. Ray was appointed as Director in 2006 and currently has responsibility for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care. Enfield is a multi-award winning North London Council; it’s growing reputation for adult social care was further enhanced recently with “gold” (the highest level possible) accreditation for the national best practice framework in safeguarding adults. (Making Safeguarding Personal).
He has held a number of roles within ADASS including Chair of the London Region, National Lead for the Regions and President. His background in Commissioning has led to extensive work on national policy issues in this area.
Ray was born and raised in the East End of London, his family and Irish Ancestry are very important to him. Ray’s studies have included dual professional qualifications and a Masters in Leadership.
Amanda Lyndon, Inspection Manager Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission
I have worked in regulation since 2004, as an Inspector inspecting a range of registered services to include care homes, domiciliary care services and hospitals. For the past four years I have worked as an Inspection Manager and currently manage a team of Inspectors working within the Central West Midlands CQC Adult Social Care directorate.
Prior to working in regulation I have worked as a registered general nurse in an acute hospital setting and I have also been a registered manager of a care home with nursing.
Dr Theresa Shaw, Chief Executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies
Theresa is passionate about supporting and enabling nurses to flourish as caring, knowledgeable and skilled practitioners. As CEO, she is proud of the work FoNS has contributed to this along with advancing nursing and improving the experience of care for people who use services. Theresa has been a Registered Nurse for over 30
years. Her work in the NHS spanned clinical nursing, nurse education and practice development and through FoNS she has been privileged to enable nurse-led teams across health and social care practice to lead and facilitate the creation of more person-centred cultures that embrace learning, knowledge-based practice and continuous improvement.
In 2014, Theresa was named on the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders List, celebrating the most inspirational role models in nursing. She is part of editorial team for the International Practice Development Journal and a member of both the RCN Nursing Advisory Group and the RCNi Editorial Advisory Board; she is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Theresa has been an advisor to many research and practice development initiatives and is regularly invited to speak locally and nationally on practice development, leadership and culture change.
Ruth Holt, Director of Nursing, NHS England
Ruth is a director of nursing with 17 years of experience in this role in NHS organisations – acute and community service providers and latterly with NHS England. Ruth’s current role as Independent Care Sector Regional Lead was established to support work between the NHS and care sector. Ruth’s passion is working to ensure people receive the highest possible standard of care and helping care providers to understand the environments and challenges that colleagues work with on a day to day basis. Ruth is Trustee with Marie Curie, a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a Florence Nightingale Scholar.
Helen Sanderson PhD, Founder Wellbeing Teams, Helen Sanderson Associates
Helen is developing Wellbeing Teams as a new way to support people in health and social care. She has been immersed in the development of person-centred practices in the UK over the last twenty years, and leads Helen Sanderson Associates. She was the Department of Health's expert advisor on person-centred approaches to the Valuing People Support and Putting People First Teams. Helen co-authored the first Department of Health Guidance on person-centred planning, and the 2010 guidance 'Personalisation through person-centred planning'. Her PhD is on person-centred planning and organisational change and she has written over twenty books on person-centred thinking, planning, community and personalisation.
In 2016 HSA started working towards becoming a teal organisation, to use LaLoux's term. This means working as a self-managed team. Helen is a certified Holacracy Practitioner, and an AltMBA alumni and coach.
Over the next three years Helen wants to grow from 6 to 600 Wellbeing Teams, and see teams supporting people with learning disabilities, young people and families, and people who use mental health services. The first teams in Greater Manchester are being hosted with Helen’s partners, Making Space.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum
Vic Rayner has many years’ experience of working in the voluntary and community sector, with a particular focus on housing, care and support sectors. She spent seven years as the CEO of Sitra - a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support. As CEO, Vic sat on a wide range of governmental and sector wide bodies including DWP, DCLG, CQC and ADASS steering groups.
Vic played a key role in the work that Sitra has been leading in the sector on the connection between health & housing, driving forward strength based working and personalisation. She represented Sitra on the European PUSH network, Housing First European learning group, and was responsible for Sitra’s status as lead partner in a Europe wide programme.
Vic is the independent Chair of the Brighton and Hove Fairness Commission, tackling inequalities and promoting social justice within the locality. She is also a Director of the London Housing Foundation, funding innovation and best practice in homelessness provision. Vic has an MBA (Distinction), MA and BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Follow Vic on twitter: @vicrayner
Conference Chair: Sharon Blackburn CBE, RGN RMN, Policy and Communications Director, National Care Forum
Sharon has worked in the independent care sector for over 27 years, having previously spent 10 years in the NHS. She has held a number of senior roles including the posts of director of nursing and director of quality assurance and was the managing director for Heart of England Housing and Care. Sharon is passionate about people and their potential. She believes that we all have the potential to be the change we want to see. She routinely works with CEO’s and Boards seeking to transform services around the needs of people who use services. She is on a number of national policy groups, where she seeks to bridge the gap between policy and practice.
Sharon holds a number of Board positions: a director of the Residential Forum, a board member of EAHSA; a director of CommonAge and a trustee/Vice Chairman of NAPA. Sharon began her role at the National Care Forum in 2009. She has spoken at a variety of events both nationally and internationally. Sharon was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to nursing and the not-for-profit care sector. She is Florence Nightingale Scholar
Follow Sharon on twitter @NCFsharon