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Carey Bamber

Carey has worked in health and social care settings for 25 years, in a wide range of organisations and roles covering third sector, public services, arm’s length bodies, and more latterly as a freelance consultant.

Carey started her career working in advice services, supporting people with mental health problems, and establishing a resettlement service for homeless people in Manchester. In 1993 she was instrumental in setting up the Patients Advocacy Service at Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside, following the Blom Cooper Inquiry into patient care at the High Secure Hospital.

Carey was appointed as a Lay Member to the Mental Health Act Commission in 1995, and over the next 10 years led visit teams across the NW as a Team Leader. She was seconded to the MHAC Executive Board as a Non Executive Director of the Mental Health Act Commission in 1999 until 2003.

Carey has worked as a Mental Health Law visiting Lecturer, trainer and adviser, and has also written extensively on mental health advocacy, people participation and choice and control throughout her career.

In 2000, Carey joined the Centre for Mental Health Services Development in its North West Mental Health Development Centre, where, as a Service Development Manager, she led programmes of work with people, families, third sector and advocacy services. When the NWMHDC became the National Institute for Mental Health in England NW service, Carey became a Senior Consultant, leading on social inclusion. In 2005 The NIMHE programme became part of the Care Services Improvement Programme, and Carey remained as a Senior Consultant until 2008, leading on adult social care programmes including personalisation, and undertook a part time three-year secondment to the National Individual Budgets pilot programme led by the Department of Health, leading on mental health and personalised support planning.

In 2008, Carey moved to the NW Joint Improvement Partnership, where she managed the NW Choice and Control programme until 2011 when the DH funded regional programmes were closed down.

Carey has worked extensively as a freelance consultant since, and has also worked as a Community Service Director for Alternative Futures Group, and as an Associate for In Control delivering it’s NW support programmes. Carey also currently Chairs the Board of a Local Authority Trading Company, and is working on the themes of Chapter 2 of the 5YFV in the NW for Stockport, Oldham and Tameside’s ambitious ‘health as a social movement’ programme.

Carey is actively involved in a number of community projects where she lives, and is currently a Director of Ancoats Dispensary Trust, a volunteer with a Good Neighbours scheme, and a founding member of a local “soup “initiative.

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