Nick is a registered Social Worker, who is currently the Planning Officer for Older People’s Services in City and County of Swansea. He has been working with older people since 1993 in a wide range of operational and service development posts within both Powys and City and County of Swansea. His particular areas of interest include a participative action learning approach to service and workforce development and research into practice, especially in the areas of outcome based planning and evaluation, relationship centred support and community engagement.
In 2009, Nick co-ordinated a Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA) sponsored assessment and care management project in Swansea, entitled ‘All Together Now’, which was focussed on supporting the development of best practice across the purchaser-provider ‘divide’ in older people’s social services, through collaborative and relationship centred approaches. This included an outcome focussed domiciliary care pilot, and a biographical and strengths based approach to dementia service development in care homes and day services.
He is currently lead convenor of an OPAN (Older People & Ageing Research and Development Network) Relationship Centred Practice Research Development Group, which is focusing on an approach to working with older people that recognises the interdependence of older people, carers and frontline staff, and the importance of relationships in assessment, support planning and service delivery.
A favourite quote: ‘All real living is meeting’ Martin Buber
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A belated hello and welcome to the co-production practitioners network Nick, thanks for joining us!
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