Pat Graham – Chair
Pat, our recently appointed Chair, is a retired tax inspector. She has two daughters, Jenna who is an art teacher and illustrator and Lauren, who has PMLD and now lives in supported accommodation. Pat has been involved with PAMIS for over 20 years, and she and her family have used PAMIS’ services during all that time. Since retiring she has put her free time to good use by being actively involved in many and varied PAMIS projects. She is delighted that working with PAMIS provides her with the opportunity to give something back to an organisation that has provided so much support, education and fun to her family.
Jack has been a Social Worker for over 25 years in Edinburgh Council’s Children’s and Adult Services. He specialised in Direct Payments and then moved to the Scottish Government to the Self-directed Support team and latterly Independent Living Fund. Jack had a son with PMLD.
Cathie lives in Glasgow with her son Edward, who is nearly 41 years old and has tuberous sclerosis and PMLD. Cathie has been actively involved with PAMIS since the service first started in Glasgow, about 20 years ago. She has represented PAMIS on the Users and Carers Network at Strathclyde University’s School of Social Work for several years, along with the PAMIS Glasgow Co-ordinator. They also currently work together, along with another PAMIS parent, in the training of student learning disability nurses at Glasgow Caledonia University.
Cathie has been a Committee Member and Treasurer of Southbrae Carers Centre for 20 years. Last year she took part in an NHS-funded DVD, talking about the hospital experiences of families with a relative with PMLD. She has also spoken about Edward and her care role at several conferences, and has taken part in two NHS QIS reviews
Professor Tim Kelly
Professor Tim Kelly is Dean of the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education and Professor of Social Work at Dundee.
Since moving to Scotland from the United States in 2003, he has continued his research into and writing about the care of older people in health and social care settings, supporting carers and groupwork practice. Improving professional social work education has also featured in his work. Previous academic experience includes teaching, research, and administration in Scotland and in the United States. Tim has been the Secretary and Vice-President of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups and is currently a member of the editorial board of the journal Groupwork. His practice experience includes working in older people’s services in community mental health, community health, court ordered substance abuse treatment, and a geriatric hospital. He has been an active PAMIS Board member for a number of years.
Donald has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom, specialising in learning disability and older people’s work. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. He ran his own equality and human rights consultancy focusing on adult protection, risk and personalisation. From 2012-2015 Donald managed Scottish Care’s Self-directed Support project, People as Partners, then worked as Scottish Care’s Joint National Workforce Lead. He became the CEO of Scottish Care in April 2016.
A retired Depute Head Teacher at Kingspark School in Dundee, Lynne worked in Special Education for the majority of her teaching career and has been involved with PAMIS for over twenty years. She helped facilitate the Sensitive Stories project. Through PAMIS she has attended workshops and seminars which have allowed her to gain a wider perspective and broaden her educational background. Lynne spends much of her time looking after her grandchildren in Edinburgh.
Frances joined the family business and worked alongside her mother in fashion retail for 22 years. Now a full time mother of twin boys Frances agreed to be on the Board in 2016. Her son Robert has PMLD and Frances has been actively involved in working with PAMIS on postural care and champions this work throughout the country. “I have always had a special place in me for anyone in need and I realise times are changing for people like Robert and being part of these exciting changes ahead will be so encouraging for us all to make the future a better place.”
Formerly a PAMIS Co-ordinator in Grampian Jenny retired from the post and became a member of the PAMIS Board A tireless campaigner for Changing Places toilets, Jenny cared for her son Craig, who had PMLD, until his death in 2008. Jenny is highly skilled in many areas, one being postural care and is still actively involved with people with profound learning disabilities and complex health care needs. You can read her blog in Voice and Visuals.
Currently a Practice Education Co-ordinator at NHS Education for Scotland. He works closely with the AHP Practice Education Leads that are funded by NES in each NHS Board. He supports the NES Physiotherapy Education Advisory Group which acts as a way of listening to staff working in Scotland. His areas of professional interest are research, sharing practice and implementing evidence into everyday practice.
A trainee solicitor with Blackadders LLP, Rachael works in the Private Client department and is our newest Board Member.