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Learning Disabilities

Sam Sly

Sam Sly

Sam is a registered social worker with 25 years of extensive experience working in regulation, health and social care as a field worker, commissioner and provider. She has an MSc in the regulation of health & social care. Sam is currently doing consultancy work for In Control, NHS England, NDTi and NEW Devon CCG. She spent the previous four years working with NEW Devon CCG on a project carrying out person-centred ...

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Gail Ranford

Gail Ranford

My name is Gail Ranford. I was born at the end of the 1950’s and my brother Gerard was born 2 years previously. He was my mum and dad’s firstborn and the people in charge at the hospital told them in the most awful way to forget about him. They said he was a "mongol" and they should go home and forget they ever had him. Thank God they didn’t listen. And so it all began……. I watched my ...

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Jane Byford

Jane Byford

Jane Byford has worked all her working life in the care sector. She started in residential and nursing care and eventually qualified as a manager with a registered 5 qualification with Ling Trust. Since those days she has been one of the major hands on managers with many people coming out of assessment and treatment units, providing hands on help and support and getting people back into the community. Jane is highly respected ...

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Karen Saville

Karen Saville

Gav and Karen,  experts in nothing but experience of lots. Gav and Karen have both previously worked in Adult Social Care and have tried to change the system from the inside.  We have experience in negotiating and managing the journey through adult care to health including continuing health care. This includes using and managing a direct payment using a personal budget within adult social care and we now manage ...

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Sarah Maguire

Sarah Maguire

Sarah Maguire BA (Hons), M.A, CIPD, Fellow of Centre for Welfare Reform Sarah has worked with people with learning disabilities for almost 30 years. Her work began supported people with challenging needs to move out of long stay institutions in the 1980’s.  Sarah has worked as a training manager where she pioneered new initiatives to take training into the work place. Following completion of her MA in Applied ...

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Salim Razak

Salim Razak

Hi, my name is Salim and I work as a Consultant Psychiatrist in a Community Team for people with learning disabilities. I have lots of experience in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions and other neurodevelopmental conditions such as Aspergers syndrome and ADHD. Some of the people who I support have issues with their mental health, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ...

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