The commitment and passion for the development of tide is born out of my first-hand experience as a family carer. This experience enabled me to recognise the lack of parity in the relationship between family carers and professionals and has made me even more resolute in the quest to facilitating that shift in ‘power’ dynamics and ensure that carers are equal partners.
The tide network is key to making this a reality. Through a powerful and collective tide network, we will develop a sustainable infrastructure – providing ongoing opportunities for a wide range of diverse carers to get involved in local, regional and UK wide initiatives. This requires building a relationship of trust and respect with carers; recognising and building on the skills and knowledge of former carers; attracting new carers – thereby building up both interest, confidence and expertise and creating an effective track record of tide being the ‘go to’ network for expert carer involvement in the field of dementia. Through developing a collective, inclusive tide network, we will shift the balance of power to people living with dementia and their family carers – achieving that much needed and called for cultural change.
I have worked in the field of health and social care for 30years, starting my career as a nurse, and then holding a number of senior and Director level posts across the sector. I am proud to be one of the co-founders of the Life Story Network CiC and am an Associate with Manchester Business School / former Tutor on the NHS Elizabeth Garett Anderson (EGA) Leadership Programme. I value my own personal development and hold a first class BA Hons degree in Social Policy, a Masters in Health Care Leadership (Distinction) and am a published author in the field of health care leadership and dementia.