I have been immersed in the development of person-centred thinking and planning in the UK over the last fifteen years. It would be fair to say I have been obsessed with it. Let me share examples of my obsession:
I started off working in health as an occupational therapist, and then in social care for over 25 years. Now I lead HSA, and am the Vice-Chair of the International Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices. I have been lucky enough to take my passion for all things person-centred abroad and have provided consultancy in Europe, Japan, Australia and America.
I am proud that HSA was one of the founding partners of in Control, and we have led the developments in support planning in health and social care. We supported half of the original in Control pilot sites; worked with the Individual Budget Pilot Programme; the Children's Individual Budget pilot and many of the personal health budget pilots sites.
I live in Heaton Moor with Andy and my three daughters, Ellie, Laura and Kate, together with a dog, cats and hens. Although I am a black belt in karate, I now try to spend more time doing yoga, and am learning mindfulness. I am part of three circles of support, and grateful for what I learn working together through circles. I used to be an aromatherapist (but usually keep that quiet). I volunteer at the primary school that my girls went to, helping them to use person-centred practices. I love single malt whiskey and always have a range of black teas (drunk disgustingly weak).
I am delighted that our work has been recognised with a few awards:
I love to write to consolidate my learning and to work with others. I write a (usually weekly) blog and typically have a book or a chapter on the go.
Creating Person-Centred Organisations (2012 - in press) Stirk, S., and Sanderson, H., Jessica Kingsley Publications
A Practical Guide to Delivering Personalisation - Person-Centred Practice in Health and Social Care (2012) Sanderson, H., and Lewis, J., Jessica Kingsley Publications
Making It Personal - for everyone. From block contracts to Individual Service Funds (2011) Scown, S., and Sanderson, H., HSA Press
Getting a Job, Getting a Life and Getting it Right - 6 ways to support young disabled people into work (2011) Gitsham, N., Sanderson, H., Jordan, L., Lewis, J. and El Baz, F., HSA Press
Making It Personal - a provider's journey from tradition to transformation
(2010) Scown, S., and Sanderson, H., HSA Press
In Community (2009) Poll, C., Kennedy, J., and Sanderson, H., (Eds) HSA Press
Celebrating Families (2008) Sanderson, H., and Taylor, M., HSA Press
Developing Person-Centred Approaches in Schools (2007) Murray, P., and Sanderson, H., HSA Press
Person-Centred Thinking with Older People (2007) Bowers, H., Bailey, G., Sanderson, H., Easterbrook, L. and Macadam, A. HSA Press
Person-Centred Practice for Professionals (2007) Thompson, J., Kilbane, J., and Sanderson, H., Open University Press
Essential Lifestyle Planning for All (2005) Smull, M., and Sanderson, H., HSA Press
People, Plans and Practicalities (2003) Ritchie, P., Sanderson, H., Kilbane, J., Routledge, M., SHS Ltd., Edinburgh
Friendship and Community (2002) Kennedy, J., Sanderson, H., and Wilson, H., NWTDT - Whalley
Essential Lifestyle Planning: A Handbook for Facilitators (2001) Smull, M., and Sanderson, H., NWTDT, Whalley
People, Plans and Possibilities (1999) Sanderson, H., Kennedy, J., Ritchie, P., and Goodwin, G., SHS Ltd., Edinburgh
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