Christine started her career as a Learning Disability Nurse working with adults with complex and challenging needs, often with dual diagnosis, before retraining as a Social Worker through the Open University in 2002.
Although no longer registered as a nurse the experience has given her an excellent knowledge base and she describes her early work as ‘invaluable’ to the way in which she works holistically with her clients.
In her social work career Christine worked with adults before joining a specialist team which focused on supporting adults to move from institutional settings into the community, initially as a practitioner but also at an operational and managerial level. Christine also worked in the provider sector and was responsible for managing services commissioned by local authorities. Throughout this time, Christine gained significant experience and developed skills in leadership, negotiation, motivation, decision making and strategic planning. Her health and social care background places her in an excellent position for the case management role supporting adults with complex needs to achieve their goals.
Christine’s previous experience of working with a range of clients in community settings whose disabilities included brain injury, learning disability, mental health conditions and complex disability has given her an excellent understanding of the challenges and complexities faced by ACM’s clients and their families. Christine is passionate about person centred work and this ethos underpins all of her practice; she wants to make a difference for those she works with. Christine undertook training to be a ‘Person Centred Thinking’ trainer in 2009 and shares her knowledge with colleagues.