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Policy Partners Project specialises in providing online policies, procedures and practice guidance sites for adult care services.

As directors, Angie Heal and Sam Mayne have extensive experience of frontline social work, senior management and complex case management who know first-hand the daily challenges faced by those working in adult care.

Policy Partners Project

Directors: leading the development and delivery of online sites

Sam Mayne

Sam has 20 years’ experience as a social worker and 12 years experience as a senior manager in Adult Social Care. Senior management posts included Head of Service for Intermediate Care and Hospital Discharge; Head of Service Transformation; Head of Safeguarding and Performance.

Her key areas of practice interest are:

  • management and leadership;
  • putting policy into practice;
  • integrated working;
  • care pathway redesign.

Achievements:
Delivering financial and efficiency savings – achieved improved hospital delayed discharge figures, pilot projects / new ways of working delivered to timescale, establishing high standards of professional practice and staff development, leading teams and integrated services; improved quality of teams and service delivery; performance management; efficiency and financial savings via pathway redesign and innovation; redesign of end to end customer journey process.

Qualifications:
BA (Hons) English/Education; CQSW (MSc); HSCM Dip (Health and Social Care Management).

Dr Angie Heal

Angie has 40 years’ experience of working with adults and children in public and voluntary sector organisations, including NHS, drug services, police and local authority posts. She was previously been an associate researcher at the School of Law, University of Sheffield, a trustee and volunteer with an organisation working with women involved in street prostitution and with voluntary sector organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is involved in ongoing operation in relation to Rotherham child sexual abuse / exploitation, as a result of work she undertook whilst working for South Yorkshire Police. She has authored a number of publications, including  Child Sexual Exploitation After Rotherham: Understanding the Consequences and Recommendations for Practice, (Gladman and Heal, 2017, Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

Key areas of practice include:

  • working with adults with complex needs;
  • policy and procedure development;
  • social policy and criminological research.

Achievements:
Professional publications; presentations at academic and professional conferences; published author.

Qualifications:
RGN; RMN; BA (Hons) Communication Studies; MA Research Methods and Research Methodology; PhD Criminology.

Associates: reviewing, writing and creating specialist content for our sites.

Emma Mather: Social Worker Mental Health Lead

Emma is a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). She has over 10 years experience of working in local authority adult social care in learning disabilities, older people, physical disability and adult mental health fields.

Expertise:
Emma has a particular passion for mental health and holds additional qualifications as both a Best Interests Assessor and an Approved Mental Health Professional. Emma is trained as a practice educator with the Approved Mental Health Role and is keen to support others to develop within their own career. As an active social worker Emma has a working knowledge of the demands of social care and the importance of current legislation, government guidance and local policy in line with this.

Qualifications:
BA (Hons) Social Work Studies; Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Mental Health (Best Interests Assessor); Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Mental Health (Approved Mental Health. Professional)

Joanne Pell: Safeguarding Adults Lead

Joanne has over 25 years’ experience of working in local authority social care settings, including children with disabilities, adult mental health and adults with learning disabilities. She worked for 10 years in Adult Safeguarding – the last five years as Head of Safeguarding and has an established national reputation for the development of policy and procedures in this area. She has also previously worked in partnership with a number of local authorities across the country in developing and delivering local safeguarding adult and adult social care procedures.

Joanne has extensive experience of strategy and policy/procedure development and delivery in multi-agency environments; multi-agency partnership working from operational to Board level; training and workforce development; in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation, government guidance and standards of good practice; reviewing governance structures and business processes to improve efficiency and performance.

Skills and knowledge:
Strategy and policy/procedure development and delivery in multi-agency environments; multi-agency partnership working from operational to Board level; training and workforce development; in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation, government guidance and standards of good practice; reviewing governance structures and business processes to improve efficiency and performance.

Achievements:
On Editorial Board of the ADSS document ‘Safeguarding Adults: A National Framework of Standards for good practice and outcomes in adult protection work’; improved partnership efficiency and effectiveness at Board level; prepared and delivered a number of presentations and workshops at regional and national conferences.

Qualifications:
BA (Hons) Psychology; Diploma in Counselling (CSCTT); City & Guilds D32/33 Assessors Award and Internal Verifiers Award; Certificate in Management Studies (CMI).

Specialist IT and Web Design

James Whitehouse: Web Designer and IT Specialist

Our IT support person has a clear understanding and appreciation of the work of adult care. He trouble shoots, gives site design and technical advice, make technical changes and updates the look and feel of our sites.

James has over 12 years of experience producing high-end design solutions, with expertise in HTML/CSS, PHP, JS; custom and established content management systems; creation and development of creative projects; establishing, and adhering to, visual brand identities; implementation of communications theory; typographical and layout skills; a focus on usability and practicality.

Qualifications:
BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Media Studies.

Legal Oversight

We work closely with adult social care specialist lawyers, who write and review any new content we produce, including required legislative changes.

Ethos & Social Value

Please click on the links below to view our full documents:

Our Ethos

Our Social Value Policy