Working with senior managers to develop effective and sustainable local plans to make the most of opportunities and mitigate risks.

Our team of Associates includes individuals who have experience of developing large scale business, commissioning and delivery plans that improve outcomes both for learning disabled people and the commissioning organisation. We understand that local circumstances and priorities vary. We work with agencies to develop plans and services that deliver value for money, good outcomes and meet their local priorities. Pauline Doyle is qualified at level 7 as an ILM Mentor and Coach focusing on executive managers.


Engagement, involvement and consultation exercises with self-advocates, families and key stakeholders to co produce service or strategic plans and to redesign services.

We are the regional co-ordinator for the National Forum and National Valuing Families Forum funded directly by the Department of Health. Our associates Laurence Clark, Vicki Hornby and Dene Donalds have facilitated consultations for Cheshire East Council, Wirral Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council and Central Lancs PCT. Other associates have co-produced and delivered a number of strategic plans in Local Authority settings. Our associate Dene Donalds is one of nine Regional Self Advocacy Co-ordinators funded by NHS England to consult with learning disabled people across the region and help represent the North West region’s views to the NHS via the Learning Disability National Forum. He does this alongside the two regional learning disability representatives who represent people with learning disabilities views from over 40 self-advocacy groups in the North West. Dene also co-ordinates regional consultations for Self Advocacy Groups for the National Learning Disability Forum / NHS England.


Bespoke consultancy and support to plan and manage change, including change management around embedding person-centred approaches and decommissioning traditional services.

We have led a number of projects around supporting change and decommissioning traditional services: • Our associate Pauline Doyle has worked with Oldham and Blackburn with Darwen Councils to support development of more personalised supports. • Our associates Lynn James-Jenkinson and Dene Donalds worked with Salford Council to project manage the TUPE transfer of over 150 staff from health to social care. • The consultation around short breaks in Liverpool, led by Laurence Clark provided evidence to support the decommissioning of a traditional respite facility and moving resources across to personal budgets. • Consultation work with parents in Sefton around the DCATCH childcare service for children with additional needs, led by our associates Laurence Clark and Vicki Hornby, identified potential changes to the eligibility criteria to make the service financially sustainable.


Research and develop appropriate service specifications and contracts for health and social care services.

Our overview of national good practice, work across the North West and our links with learning disabled people and their families puts us in a unique position to support Health and Social Care commissioners to develop specifications for targeted specialist and universal services.