A Minute With... Gary Clinton (Age UK Essex)
In the first of a new series, we introduce some our collaborators who are supporting CareCompare’s mission to enable anyone to quickly find the care they need. In this post, we are delighted to introduce Gary Clinton from Age UK Essex!
CareCompare: What is your position within Age UK Essex and what does your role entail?
Gary Clinton: I am our charity’s Head of Services for Information, Advice & Advocacy. I am responsible for the day to day running of our services and for delivering Independent Advocacy to older people, their families and carers.
CC: Could you tell us a little about your background and how you came to be in your current role?
GC: My original career was in construction, which an industrial injury forced me to abandon. I came into our charity by way of my trade union activities and working for the CAB.
CC: We are delighted to be partnered with you during our pilot in Essex! In your view, how does CareCompare help Age UK Essex deliver its services?
GC: CareCompare is a useful resource for our advisors when working with clients and families, as it is easy to use and understand.
CC: How do you view the role of charities/voluntary services in the social care system?
GC: Frequently older people are failed because the health and social care services fail to communicate effectively. We are what can make the difference when a vulnerable person is frustrated or overlooked.
CC: Social care is a highly complex part of the overall health and care system. What would your vision be for a simplified, more effective social care system (if possible!)?
GC: There needs to be a fully integrated health/social care service that works together with people and families and puts well-being firmly at the centre of patient care and treatment.
We are grateful for the support we receive from Gary and his team at Age UK Essex! If you or a relative/friend needs care services at home in the Essex region, click on the link below to start your search!
Please note that the views expressed here are those of the interviewee alone and not necessarily those of any other person or organisation