Following the completion of our rebrand and the launch of our new website, I thought it would be a good time to take advantage of our new blog and give a more personal insight into myself and my vision for Encompass (Dorset).
My name is Gillian Lacey and I'm the Chief Executive for Encompass (Dorset). I have been working in the field of learning disabilities and mental health support for all of my working life, well over 30 years now! I progressed from taking one of the very first 'mobility assistant' roles in Dorset, working with a young woman with learning disabilities, taking her out and supporting her with her interests and activities in the local community on a one-to-one basis. I then attended college and worked as a Support Worker with adults with learning disabilities and then onto Learning Disability Nurse training at Coldharbour Hospital in Sherborne, Dorset. I undertook various qualified nurse roles to Registered Manager posts.
Along the way I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to develop further skills and qualifications, assisting with the development of the first national quality standards for learning disability services, working with the Kings Fund. I gained my degree and management qualifications alongside more alternative qualifications in subjects such as Mindfulness, the Happiness Project, personal psychological profiling and alternative medicine.
My previous experience has given me an excellent grounding and working knowledge of what good support should be about and I understand the training and support staff need to get things right for individuals.
In my next post I'll share my vision for Encompass.