Health and Care’s Top 70 Stars

Julie Fuller & Will Cartwright (KMPT Peer Support Workers)

I would like to nominate Julie Fuller and Will Cartwright jointly for this special Health and Care Award. I think it is highly poignant that their nomination is made, to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the NHS. Times are changing for mental health services, power and empowerment is shifting and at long last the true value of lived expertise in developing, designing and delivering services is being heralded. Although Julie and Will have been employed in their Peer Support Worker roles for three years and have already made a significant difference in Thanet CMHT, it is for their work towards a new provision that this nomination is being made. Julie and Will were part of the very initial thoughts, ideas and hopes for the creation of the Kent & Medway Recovery & Wellbeing College. Peer Support is embedded in the Recovery college model. The involvement of people with lived expertise in all aspects of Recovery College project progression and delivery is a core principle.

 

However, the value of working with Julie and Will specifically must be expressed. Having both experienced the challenges of accessing and now working in services, they immediately shared the passion for creating something which compliments what we already do and supports people’s journey through and out of services. They fully embraced the ambition of embedding a strengths based approach, for people to make sense of their experiences, learn new skills and explore their personal and community resources. Julie and Will have been 100% committed to ensuring this ambition becomes a reality. They have presented at diverse stakeholder meetings, contributed to strategic development, linked with other UK Recovery Colleges, sourced additional delivery resources, trained to be co-facilitators, supported job taster participants, visited delivery venues and they are now busy co-designing the courses for the Autumn Term pilot delivery. They have been focussed on making sure people who enrol will have the most positive experience possible. Julie and Will are passionate and committed to ensuring Recovery College provision is accessible throughout the whole of Kent, for the benefit of all in the community. I have been blown away by their promotion of the project and their unique presentations – truly inspirational! However, I want to take this opportunity to state my personal gratitude for their support for me throughout the past year. Their true peer support, filled with compassion, concern, wisdom and encouragement has been invaluable. Their part in maintaining and refreshing energy in the project and in me cannot be underestimated. Working with them has been a true joy and I consider myself very fortunate to work alongside them. What they do and how they do it represents the very best of how the NHS and specifically mental health services will move from strength to strength.

edited on May 18, 2018 by Pam Wooding

Amy Buckingham 6 months ago

This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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Amy Buckingham 6 months ago

This idea has been moved back to the previous phase

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Amy Buckingham 6 months ago

This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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Amy Buckingham 6 months ago

This idea has been moved back to the previous phase

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Amy Buckingham 6 months ago

This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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Amy Buckingham 6 months ago

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