I have worked in social care for 29 years, originally within learning disability and mental health services working in residential and respite care, day services, and outreach services, located in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Following a relocation to Norfolk, for the past 17 years I have worked in the Assistive Technology team within Norfolk County Council. Initially as part of a small team of practitioners tasked to set up the fledgling service, then as an assessor, installer, and trainer.
In 2014 I took over the management of the team, first as practitioner manager, and (as the service has grown) subsequently as County Manager.
In the recent past I have been fortunate to be able to complete a Foundation degree (2011-13), and Master’s degree (2014-17) in Assistive Technology (both from Coventry University). In my forties (at the time) I found academia later in life!
I continue to be passionate about the possibilities for technology enabled care, whilst having a desire for ongoing personal learning. Being able to conduct research regarding Assistive Technology is a fantastic opportunity that I am really looking forward to.