Sam is currently a freelance consultant for her organisation Enough is Enough Time4Change as well as a board member of the Association for Quality Checkers, a board advisor for Cornwall People First and a columnist for Learning Disability Today. She has worked with people with learning disabilities and their families for over 20 years as a social worker, a regulator, within health and social care and as a provider.
Sam spent the last four years establishing with Doreen Kelly and operationally managing the nationally acclaimed provider Beyond Limits, based in Plymouth. This was a partnership project with NEW Devon CCG, using an Individual Health Service Fund for people labelled with challenging behaviour to leave Institutions and Assessment & Treatment Units and return to their communities and live in a home of their own. This involved facilitating life planning and developing the support people needed to live a good life.
Sam has also worked on NHS Learning Disability Hospital campus closure projects in Bournemouth and Cornwall over the last ten years; which has led onto consultancy work with health and residential staff and Commissioning teams, training on cultural change in readiness for supporting people moving on from Institutional care.
Sam would describe herself as more of a doer than a thinker and her skills lie in transferring theory and ideology into practical tools that people can use in their work. Sam is currently working with Simon Duffy, Wendy Perez and Cornwall People First on re-launching Keys - Citizenship for All (formerly Keys to Citizenship), and her quality assurance toolkit based on the concept.
Sam is also more of a leader rather than a follower! She is happiest trying to show by example how we should work with, and listen to the people we support on a day to day basis. She has written two chapters for books about Personalisation and numerous articles about her work (follow the links on the right hand side).
Sam lives in South Devon with her son Ben and has a married daughter Rachel nearby who are the most important people in her life. When she has time she loves catching up with her family, keeping in touch on Twitter and Facebook, socialising with friends, reading and seeing the world.
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