After nearly 10 years of working for the National Care
Forum, and many more years prior to that as a member, it is now time for a new
adventure. Seizing the opportunity and putting into practice the concept of
embracing later life.
I will take with me so many wonderful memories of working
with you, the NCF membership. It really has been a joy to journey with you and
to be able to ensure your voice is heard at the various national tables I have
represented you all on.
Thank you to you all for making my work life so fulfilling
and richer; your messages have been heart-warming; somewhat overwhelming …… I
am extremely grateful.
Over the years we have laughed, shared triumphs, and been
frustrated. ASC has progressed - all the individual and collective efforts of
you, as providers has contributed to that. Policy/governments come and go but
you are relentless in your determination to enable people to live fulfilling
and meaningful lives.
Working with the people who use your services and their
loved ones; your staff enable them to have voice , choice and control.
Relationships are the bedrock of all we do and achieve because it is all about
Much work is still required.
Whilst ASC has moved up the agenda, Government, society and
many others across health still need to be helped to understand the value of
social care and how it makes a positive difference to people lives, the
community and wider society.
The people who use services and you as providers have much
to offer in articulating what social care is and what it achieves.
I will continue to champion the voice of people using
services; providers and ASC as a sector. Please do not let your voices be
silenced; continue to be relational; intentional and of course the absolute
stars that you are. Stay connected, continuing to learn and support each other.
This is the strength of the NCF membership, and which has enabled my work to be
Every good wish for the future.