Seminar 1

Seminar 1: ‘Building the Care Act: Evidence-based Policy or Policy-based Evidence?’

When: –, Friday 22nd January 2016

Where: The Salvin Room, Keele Hall, Keele University, see campus map

Host: Alison Brammer

Chair: Michael Preston-Shoot


Claire CrawleyLYNNE FAIRE

Senior Policy Manager, Adult Safeguarding, Social Care Policy

Department of Health

Claire is a social worker / social work manager by background. She began working in social care in 1973. She has worked across all groups and settings. Her last operational job was as a senior manager in Birmingham SSD. She then spent 2 years (1992-94) as Deputy Director of the Social Services Management Unit at the University of Birmingham. In 1994 she joined the Social Services Inspectorate in London as an inspector. The SSI was at that time a part of the Department of Health. After 5 years she moved to a policy team in the Department of Health as a professional advisor. Since 2003 she has been a mainstream civil servant. She has had a number of lead policy roles that have covered areas such as carers’ policy, assessment, care management, commissioning, direct payments, and pandemic influenza planning and law reform. She currently leads a small team working on adult safeguarding policy and the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Claire managed the safeguarding elements of the Care Act through consultation and the parliamentary process. Her team were responsible for producing the statutory guidance on adult safeguarding and are currently working with stakeholders on additional practice guidance.


Lynne Phair Lynne Phair.jpg

MA BSc Hons (Nursing) RMN RGN DPNS

Independant Consultant Nurse & Expert Witness

Lynne Phair Consulting Ltd

Lynne has worked in the NHS, at the Department of Health and in the Independent Sector. She is currently an Independent Consultant Nurse and Expert Witness for Older People and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults. She is the Clinical Advisor for Milford Care, Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission, Visiting Lecturer University of Worcester, Quality & Service Director for Abbeyfield South Downs, Consultant to the Crisis Prevention Institute and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Dementia Care and Journal of Adult Protection. She is also the author of the sitandseeTM Tool. She has written widely, speaks nationally and has been an advisor to BBC Radio 4 “File on 4” BBC Panorama, and ITV “Exposure”.


Gary Fitzgerald

Chief Executive for Action on Elder Abuse

Gary Fitzgerald commenced his appointment as the CEO of the UK based charity, Action on Elder Abuse challenging the abuse of older people within society in 2001. Prior to his appointment as CEO Gary worked within 4 London Boroughs (Lambeth, Barnet, Merton and Sutton) managing and delivering social care services for older people. As a member of a senior management team Gary was responsible for the commissioning of a minute film (Gardens with Red Roses) on financial abuse; a training DVD for domiciliary care, ‘Consequences’, and a general elder abuse awareness DVD, ‘Time for Action’ presented by the charity’s patron, Tony Robinson. As the CEO for Action on Elder Abuse, Gary has consulted local government and care providers with specific focus upon the development and review of policy and procedures centering upon adult safeguarding. In developing these procedures Gary facilitated an away day for the Staffordshire Adult Safeguarding Board to consider future direction, and reviewed the merits of the MASH system for the Warwickshire Adult Safeguarding Board. Gary has also developed and delivered specialist whistleblowing and advice helplines for care providers to increase the potential of services users, families and care staff reporting key issues. In 2011 and 2012 Gary received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’ award at the British Care Awards ceremony in the London Region. In 2012 an Honorary Doctorate of Science was awarded to Gary by the University of Northumbria for his work in raising awareness of elder abuse and adult safeguarding issues.


The briefing document and presentations from this seminar can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Briefing 1

Claire Crawley

Gary FitzGerald

Paul Hollingdale

Jaime Lindsey

Lynne Phair