Helping Hands appoints specialist advisors

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13 December 2011

Helping Hands appoints specialist advisors

Dr Robert Heaven and Dr Rekha Elaswarapu will join Helping Hands as Special Advisors on January 1st 2012.  They will help shape the organisation’s future policies on a range of important aspects such as emotional well-being, dignity and nutrition.  They will also help to develop training programmes for Helping Hands carers and managers in these specialist areas.

Robert Heaven is a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist with over 15 years experience of working with individuals, groups and couples.  He has worked with and provided services to many clients including; American Express, Police & Emergency Services, Queen Alexandra Hospital Homes, British Airways, Virgin Airways, ITV (Jeremy Kyle Show).

Dr Elaswarapu Ph.D. MIHM was instrumental in the development of the National Stroke Strategy, National Carers Strategy and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) quality standards for dementia; she was also heavily involved in the development of the NHS project on dignity in care for older people in hospital.

Welcoming the pair to the organisation, Tim Lee, Helping Hands CEO explained how the company will benefit from their expertise, “Helping Hands’ commitment to become a leading voice in areas such as dignity and emotional well-being is a unique approach, which recognizes the significant positive impact that these areas can have on every single person we support.  I am delighted to welcome Dr Heaven and Dr Elaswarapu to our organisation; their appointments represent a significant milestone, not just for Helping Hands but also for the for the wider live in care sector. In our continued efforts to set the standards for domiciliary care provision , Dr Heaven and Dr Elaswarapu bring an unrivalled level of expertise to our organisation and I look forward to working with them closely over the coming months.”

Founded in 1989, Helping Hands Home Care is family business which employs over 1000 carers around England and Wales. Helping Hands is one of the UK’s largest providers of live in care; a 24 hour, 7 days a week fully managed care service, which is an increasingly popular alternative to residential care homes.  The company is currently undergoing a period of expansion, establishing regional hub offices around England and Wales catering for the increasing national demand for quality home based care which supports independence and promotes dignity.

Helping Hands is rated “excellent” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is a founder member of the United Kingdom Home Care Association.

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