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We are the NHS: A day in the life of… an Associate Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Date: 15/09/2021 | Category: Blogs

There is lots of work happening across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes with partner health and social care organisations making a difference to the health, care, and lives of people in the area.

To help people to understand and find out more about this work and the teams behind it, we’re shining a spotlight on a variety of different roles in the local healthcare system.

Today, Loraine Rossati gives an insight into her role as the Associate Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Commissioning for Adults:

“I am the Associate Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities in the CCG. I joined the NHS in 2008, and I’ve worked in several NHSE commissioning roles in local government and in central government. I bring all that experience with me to BLMK, which I joined in September 2016.

I usually start my day by checking emails that have come in since I clocked off the previous day. I check for any emails about patients and make sure those are actioned quickly by a member of my team.

My team oversees commissioning for people with complex mental health needs, learning disabilities and autism, which needs a lot of coordination across health and social care.

I work with caring and dedicated people in my team who work hard to support patient care for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The pandemic has led to a big increase in the number of people needing mental health support. So, you can imagine that it’s a challenge to manage that while also developing new ways of working.

We have several important projects that involve changing how we support people’s mental health. In BLMK, the biggest, by far, involves transforming how community mental health is provided. It involves what we call a co-production approach to designing and delivering change for people with lived experience, carers, frontline staff, commissioners, and the voluntary and community sector.

We’ve been doing some good work in Luton with the Reimagining Mental Health Programme over the last few years. The community transformation work involves people with lived experience and so does the development of the Bedford inpatient unit. But we can always do better.

If you want a rewarding career in an area of health that helps some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, then look at mental health. There’s a huge range of diverse opportunities available. I won’t pretend it’s not challenging. What gets me out of bed in the morning is knowing that the challenge is worth it.”

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