Adam Walker is a Performance Coach, a new role that Discovery introduced. Adam explains what it entails:
“Under Somerset County Council my job simply didn’t exist. By introducing this role, Discovery ensures that managers have access to the support and expertise they require.
My role involves visits to different Locality Managers across the region, action planning with them, ensuring they have access to the right tools to meet the needs of the people we support, sorting out priorities and looking at ways to drive up quality. Using the skills and knowledge I gained from my time as a Quality and Compliance reviewer, I can also help managers achieve higher levels of compliance.
Part of my role is also to help to facilitate the roll out of different training and development needs, such as the ‘Active support’ model of support, being delivered to Managers and BPL’s. This is a way of supporting people with learning difficulties to be as involved in their lives as they can be.
I sit on the ‘driving up quality’ panel, where we look at different organisational priorities relating to the quality of the services provided and I am also involved in the ‘never events’ panel that looks at lessons learnt from any serious incidents.
I also help to induct new colleagues and managers ensuring they have the right skills and knowledge to get started. I am a Proact Scip instructor supporting teams that have to manage challenging behaviours to hopefully reduce incidents and provide support in a safe way. I also provide values based training for staff teams and am a moving and handling assessor. So I am always adding to my portfolio of skills.
So, in short, I have a really diverse and interesting range of things to provide and wear many different hats throughout the week! Discovery has been great at enabling me to pick up extra skills and has always encouraged me to develop.