Vinesh Kumar is an independent consultant for public and independent sector on Personalisation and Integration in London. Prior to setting up his own consultancy firm in 2009, Vinesh was a General Manager for a social care organisation in London.
Soon after his engineering degree in 1999, Vinesh worked as an IT consultant, first in Delhi and then in London. A chance meeting with someone from the social care world made him give up his lucrative IT job and start from scratch as a social care professional. Vinesh says that he derives fulfilment from supporting vulnerable people to do what they think is best for them. Vinesh is a keen advocate of ‘Dignity in Care’ and ran the 2009 Flora London Marathon promoting it. He has contributed to various papers on personalised services, support planning, reablement, safeguarding etc.
Vinesh is fascinated by the World Health Organisation’s definition of Health: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ He dislikes the artificial boundaries set by health, social care and housing sectors for vulnerable people and says that the time has come to ‘integrate’ these sectors. He says this ‘integration’ is similar to the ‘basic needs approach’ about food, shelter and clothing that defines the absolute minimum necessary for a person’s long term well-being. He advocates a simple, less bureaucratic model of using community resources, including through voluntary sector organisations, telecare and self-care moving away from a complex, professional support model currently followed in the UK, which is proving to be unsustainable.
Vinesh is a keen duathlete. He enjoys cycling to work. Three times a week, when he returns from work, he sneaks a few miles of running in his local park, all the while keeping an eye on his bike tied to a tree! He has two sons, aged 7 and 4 who teach Vinesh how to run during weekends!
Vinesh is currently writing an essay about his 500 miles bike ride during October 2011 in Southern India. He is also working on another paper jointly with two other fellows of Centre for Welfare Reform, and Dr Simon Duffy tentatively titled ‘x-raying public services'.