Jenny started her career in1980 as a residential social worker with people with learning disabilities in Stockport MBC. Over the next 26 years Jenny continued her career in four local Authorities, social services department, Stockport, Manchester, Bolton and finally as the Assistant Executive Director of Social services in Barnsley. In that 26 years Jenny provided leadership and management to a wide variety of teams, across Social care and in the latter years Health. Jenny worked as part of the team who resettled over 150 people from long stay hospitals in the North West to community living. This was a great time, being part of team who helped improved people’s quality of life and managing a group of staff who were passionate about what they were doing and always went the extra mile to make dreams become a reality.
As the Assistant Director of Social Services in Barnsley, Jenny was responsible for managing one of the first integrated services across social care and health, along with a pooled budget and the brief to resettle people from an NHS campus. This experience was both challenging and rewarding and taught Jenny a great deal about how to manage expectations, people, staff, clinicians and work in a co-production way with families.
In 2006 Jenny joined the Department of health as part of the Valuing people team and was instrumental in making the Valuing People strategy a reality for people in Yorkshire and Humber. The greatest achievement for Jenny during this time was the development of the Joint Health and Social Care Framework and self assessment tool (SAF). The framework enabled localities, with key stakeholders that included people and families, to measure their progress against a framework of quality outcomes. This framework went on to be adopted across the country and is still used today to provide national information and benchmarks.
On leaving the DOH, Jenny spent time in the strategic health authority and as a Health and social Care Consultant and has and continues too; work with a number of providers, social services departments, CCG’s, NHS England, and LGA. The projects included reviews of learning disability services, development of strategies, service redesign, part of turnaround teams and working with people and families to make sure their voice and influence helped changed and developed services. These are the people that know what “Good “looks like and Jenny believes they should always be listened too and included.