ECHO Supported Living Services has appointed the senior team to its new service in Walsall.
Sharena Record, regional operations director for the Midlands, leads the team establishing the new service where she is also the registered manager. Sharena is joined by Anne Blacklock as customer relationship manager and deputy manager Warren Cocker.
Sharena is an experienced operations director with a demonstrable history of working in the health and social care sector. She graduated from the University of Nottingham School of Nursing as a learning disability nurse in 2004 and has worked in a variety of learning disabilities settings for the last 15 years including hospitals, care homes and supported living services.
Anne has worked within the health and social care industry for more than 25 years, graduating from Liverpool University as an occupational therapist. She has worked across secure services within the NHS and the independent sector. Anne has also worked in specialised commissioning where she gained further knowledge of service user care pathways and their experiences.
A qualified learning disability nurse, Warren Cocker has worked within hospital settings for the last 15 years. Part of his role involved discharging patients into supported living and his new position will enable him to help people transition into less restrictive environments and become part of the local community.
Sharena Record said: “I am delighted that Anne and Warren have joined me to establish this new supported living service in Walsall.
“Their diverse skills and experience will be invaluable in supporting the service users and the new staff team, which we are recruiting from the local area.”
The new support service will enable local people in long-term hospital placements to return to living in their own community.
The six houses, owned by Auckland Housing Association, are being adapted to meet the needs of each service user. They will have the opportunity to furnish and decorate their homes as they wish.
Individuals, who may have a severe learning disability, autism or complex behaviours will be supported to lead as independent a life as possible and to be an active part of their local communities
The project will create up to 60 jobs for local people.