Welcome to The Care Guy's website
Hello. My name's Stuart Sorensen. I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1995 and gained my Post Graduate Diploma in 'Psychosocial Interventions' (PSI) in 2003/4. There. That's the boring bit of my bio out of the way.
What my clients really need to know about me is who I am, not what pieces of paper I can hang on my wall. I'm passionate about mental health (especially in social care), rights and liberties and in helping both workers and service-users to be all that they can be.
I've been a trainer, writer and speaker for around ten years now but I still practice 'at the coalface' too. In the last few years I've worked in dementia care and also as quality development lead for a large UK social care provider. Before that I worked in acute psychiatry, as a community psychiatric nurse, as a clinical lead nurse specialising in recovery from serious mental disorders and I led a team of drugs workers in residential social care. You might say I've been around a bit.
I have long believed that for a trainer or consultant to stay relevant he or she must keep their practical skills up to date. I know that my clients think so too. From learners in training sessions to managers in consultancy you want the person you're talking with to understand the real world of practice. You want him or her to understand your world and the challenges you face. You want him or her to 'know'.
That's why the best freelancers make a point of staying in touch. But spending time in practice is only half the battle. How that time is used is just as important. Freelancers in practice need to take note of changes and understand new challenges. We need to think strategically and come up with practical ways to meet the demands of the real world. And we need to use that experience when we work with our freelance clients.
For me the net result of all this is a constantly evolving range of services based upon the most up to date principles of mental health practice, social care, organisational strategy and personal development. That's why my training and consultancy clients keep coming back to The Care Guy - they know I keep in touch with the real world.
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