Top care advisor to visit Leeds adult social care projects

One of the country’s top care experts will visit Leeds to find out about projects making a difference to the city’s vulnerable residents.

Dame Philippa Russell DBE, who is the chair of the government’s Standing Commission on Carers advisory panel, will travel to the city on a two-day fact finding exercise next week.

Dame Philippa will be meeting with officials from Leeds City Council’s adult social care team and partners in a bid to learn more about the work being done locally to help those with mental health needs and their carers.

The visit will begin on Tuesday (Feb, 4) with a presentation about the council’s Peer Support and Personalisation Project.

The project works to boost the number of service users in Leeds receiving focused support, which can include setting personal budgets and getting dedicated peer support from people with their own experience of mental health issues.

The event will continue on Wednesday (Feb, 5) with a visit to the adult social care team’s Killingbeck offices.

There Dame Philippa will hear about the Carers’ Emergency Plan service, which can provide a replacement for a family carer for up to 48 hours in a crisis.

Over the two days, Dame Philippa will also visit charity Carers Leeds as well as some of the council’s healthcare partners.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said:

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Dame Philippa to Leeds next week.

“High profile visits like these not only allow us to show some examples of the great work that’s going on in our city, they also give us the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of someone with a real insight into the issues and challenges facing adult social care in the UK.

“Sharing our progress and ideas, as well as learning from each other through events like this, can give a big boost to our efforts to ensure vulnerable people in Leeds have the best possible care and support.”

As well as being chair of the of government's Standing Commission on Carers, Dame Philippa is also a member of the Cross Government Programme Board for the Carers Strategy and of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy.

She is a member of the Programme Board for the Think Local, Act Personal Partnership (TLAP) and of the TLAP National Co-Production Advisory Group, representing carers' interests.

The mother of a son with a learning disability, Dame Philippa was also formerly a commissioner with the Disability Rights Commission and Director of the Council for Disabled Children.

In 2005, she was awarded the RADAR (Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation) Lifetime Achievement Award for the furtherance of the human and civil rights of disabled people.


For more information, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk