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Éminence Grise, a definition: A powerful adviser or decision-maker; also called "grey eminence"

 


Annie Stevenson

Annie Stevenson

Annie Stevenson has worked for 30 years in social policy and practice in care in the statutory and independent sectors. She is a national expert and campaigner for quality care and now specialises in breaking down silo working in the field and making connections.

A background in social work with all user groups, and in hospitals as well as the community, has led to Annie’s ability to see the ‘big picture’ care issues. She also has experience in contracting in social care, disseminating best practice with a housing and care provider for older people in the independent sector to advising and campaigning on quality care policy in care homes for Help the Aged.

She then became known for her 360 perspective on care and ability to see the need to change attitudes....and hearts and minds.

She recently worked on digital guidance on best practice for frontline workers with older people with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and has built up an expertise, using knowledge and her own experience in transferring policy and research across sectors in care into best practice to effect culture change in organisations and bring back the humanity in care.

A natural innovator and communicator, she enjoys inspiring others to be proud of their contribution and to link together to make a bigger difference to the lives of others.

Highlights of Annie’s career:

Co-founded the My Home Life Programme for quality in life in care homes
Member of DH Change Agent Team reference group from 2001 to 2008
Chair of the Social Policy in Ageing Information Network (SPAIN) at Help the Aged which jointly succeeded with the Consumers Association in the OFT publishing a market review of care homes in 2006
Special Advisor to the Beacon Panel on Dignity 2007
Nominated a National Dignity Guardian by the Department of Health
Judge of various care awards including the Community Care Excellence Awards for Older People 2009
Publication of articles, and is a conference and media spokesperson on care

In addition to her role as an associate of Eminence Grise, Annie now runs her own consultancy, Integration In Care.

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