Martin Routledge, In Control's head of operations, has been seconded from In Control to become director of the Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC).
The C4CC is a new group of individuals and organisations from the health, social care and voluntary sectors who want to make person-centred, coordinated care a reality for people living with long-term conditions. The C4CC will work directly with local communities to make the changes needed and will share learning and work with national partners to remove barriers to effective care and support planning.
Commenting on his new appointment, Martin said: "A quiet revolution has been going on for some time now. People using public services increasingly want to shape and steer them so that the support received fits with their individual lives and goals and adds to, rather than replaces, their own resources and connections in their communities. Pioneering professionals are supporting these shifts by working with not just delivering to people, knowing that this approach is more effective, efficient and rewarding. In Control has been at the heart of this quiet revolution since 2003 and I have been proud to have been part of its work. This change is not at all easy though as public service organisations are historically rooted in models which separate the people providing and using them rather than bring them together to co-produce the better lives that both want to see achieved. Organisations and cultures do not often shift easily or quickly and need to be supported to make a faster and deeper change towards a "citizenship" rather than "professional gift" model.
"I am therefore delighted to have been appointed Director of the team supporting the Coalition for Collaborative Care which is bringing together key organisations and people determined to support people to live well with long term conditions through changing the relationship they have with the health and care system and the professionals that serve them. For me, it is only through this kind of partnership approach, placing people at the centre and working with organisations, professional groups and policy-makers that systems and cultures can achieve significant change."
Julie Stansfield, chief executive of In Control, added: "In Control has a wealth of experience in this area and we are pleased to be able to second Martin to help lead C4CC forward. There is a real opportunity here to make a difference to the way people with long-term conditions experience the NHS and social care and I have every confidence that Martin will ensure this happens."
During a handover period Martin will split his time between In Control and the C4CC throughout September and October. He will then work for C4CC for four days a week from November and will work one day per week at In Control to advise on policy-related matters. His secondment is until March 2015.
Martin's role will be covered by members of the existing team and by new associate, Angela Boyle who joins In Control from charity Alternative Futures Group where she was managing director for community services. Angela has 28 years' experience of managing adult social care and integrated services across the third sector, statutory social and health care and strategic commissioning.
Commenting on Angela's appointment, Julie Stansfield said: "We are delighted to welcome Angela to the team. She brings a wealth of senior experience together with a real energy, passion and commitment to self-directed support and personalisation."
You can find out more about C4CC by visiting their website.