New appointment at Shropshire Partners in Care as sector faces challenging times

A not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 200 independent nursing, residential and domiciliary care companies in Shropshire has appointed a new member of staff to offer extra support to organisations.

Nicky Jacques has joined Shropshire Partners in Care (SPIC) as a Care Liaison and Project Officer. Her role will involve supporting and advising care providers across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

SPIC is an umbrella organisation that provides information, support and training to independent care organisation. It works in partnership with local authorities, health and the voluntary sector to support continuous improvement and development of adult social care focusing on local need. It is also an advocate for the sector on a range of issues and challenges facing care providers.

Nicky, a registered mental health nurse (RMN) has extensive experience of working in the NHS.

Over the last 10 years, Nicky has held clinical management roles at Shropshire’s Community Health NHS Trust in both community hospitals and community services. More recently, she has been involved in project management including working as a Programme Manager at the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
 
Nicky said: “I am delighted to be joining colleagues at Shropshire Partners in Care in this exciting role. Throughout my career I have been passionate about partnership working across health, social care and the independent sector so that we can jointly support the provision of the best possible care to the users of our services. 

“I recognise that there are many challenges facing health and care services and I’m looking forward to working with SPIC members to look at where this role can best support them.”

SPIC Chief Officer Debbie Price said: “We are very pleased to have been able to bring someone with Nicky’s experience to the SPIC team. 

“She will be a great asset and will be able to provide valuable advice to care providers as the sector moves into new territory with the introduction of the Care Act, that will have a major impact on care providers and the people they look after.”

Providers of residential and nursing homes and those who deliver home care are all faced with major changes to the sector in coming months and years as the provisions of the Care Act 2014 come into force, putting greater focus on the needs and rights of individuals, including both those who are cared for and their carers.

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