Doreen Kelly originally trained as a nurse (RMN) and has worked with people with mental health and learning disabilities since 1982. After qualifying as a nurse, she moved to the not for profit sector to work with people leaving institutional settings.
Doreen is now the Director of Partners for Inclusion which she set up 10 years ago. Partners for Inclusion provide support that is tailor-made rather than trying to fit people into services that often don’t suit. “I set up the organisation because I recognised that services were often mediocre and just good enough, but did not put the focus on the individual. I wanted to do something different, to provide support that just wasn’t okay, but was first class”.
Partners for Inclusion works with 45 people, some people live alone and have come-in staff, some people have flatmates or live-in staff and some people live with families. The organisation is committed to person centred values and focuses on making the most of community supports and relationships in the individual’s life.
As well as providing services Partners for Inclusion offer consultancy and advice around how to support people who are labelled as challenging or complicated to support. Doreen was one of the consultants involved in helping people leave Buddock hospital following the joint investigation into services provided by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust. Here Doreen worked with multi-agency staff and provider agencies to help people leaving Buddock to get an individualised service. As well as this Doreen has worked across England with Professor Mansell and the Valuing People Support Team (VPST) rolling out the recommendations in the recently published Mansell 2 report.
Partners for Inclusion is a (founding) member of Altrum, and Altrum in partnership with Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities (SCLD) have formed in Control Scotland. Doreen is a Board member of in Control Scotland.
Doreen lives in Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland; she enjoys walking, cycling and playing tennis (very badly!). She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and socialising.