Iris has been accessing services for over 25 years, with both good and bad experiences, even though most days she can be very symptomatic, with distressing voices, hallucinations, she lives a meaningful fulfilling life, despite her mental and physical health.
Iris is passionate about using her lived experience of being restrained, and many inpatient stays over a long period of time to help inform the transformation of services to further support people’s recovery. She believes that everyone has a gift, and that service users (people) should be enabled and fully supported to be able to use their many talents, to harness all the strengths they have to help others, and give Hope and Opportunity to all for a very different future.
Iris is involved in a wide range of activities within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, working alongside staff and others who have supported and helped her on what has been a long, difficult and sad journey at times. She remains in services and feels that without all the support from her family, friends and many staff that she wouldn’t be alive today
Linda Hume (RNLD, PgCert, FHEA, MSc)
Linda is a Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities and has worked in leadership roles in Health and Social care services and as a university lecturer. Currently Linda is the Coproduction and Engagement Lead at the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and Consultant at Linda Hume Consultancy.
Linda’s research interests include assessment and understanding behaviour, organisational approaches to providing person centred support, Multielement Behaviour Supports and practice leadership. Linda is currently undertaking a Clinical Doctorate at the University of Stirling.
Mr Andrew Reddy
MSc, MA, NPQSL, SENCo, PGCE
Andy is a highly qualified and experienced performance, executive and neurodiversity coach and trainer and enjoys utilising psychology-based coaching with a cognitive behaviour approach when working with his clients.
Understanding how the mind and body align, Andy has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and an MSc in Psychology and has an Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching.
Emma Burtenshaw BCBA
Emma is a BCBA with 10 years of experience supporting adults with behaviour that challenges in a variety of roles. Emma currently works for Home Group in a national role as the lead for Positive Behaviour Support and is also an Associate Consultant with BILD. Emma has been working within her current role to implement strategies to support the development of workforce within the Transforming Care sector and has particular interest in compassionate leadership and system-wide reduction of restrictive practice.
Mr Roy Deveau
Honorary Research Fellow, Tizard Centre University of Kent. RMN, RN, RHV, BA, MSc, MA.
Having had a diverse 20 year experiences in nursing, Roy opened his own group homes in 1987 for people with intellectual disabilities and a range of other difficulties. The last 20 years have included research (and consultancy) into restrictive practices and practice leadership at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent. Roy also acts as Technical Expert to the UKAS accreditation service which certifies bodies that assess and certify RRN standard physical intervention training organisations. Prevention is central to RRN standards and Capable Environments, and both require practice leadership.
To check out publications on ‘google scholar’ enter ‘Roy Deveau’ for titles, abstracts and in some cases access to the article.
Joe is Deputy Principal of Meadowfield School in Kent. He has spent his career in special education, including a working in a residential special school. Joe is a Principal Instructor for the Kent PROACT SCIPr UK® Network where he works closely with colleagues to develop Proactive practise in schools. He runs the website inclusiveteach.com which shares free SEN teaching resources and sensory stories.