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Steven Rose to leave Choice Support

Steven Rose is leaving Choice Support at the end of May 2018, after 27 years.

Sarah Maguire, who took over from Steven as Chief Executive when he stepped aside in 2017 to become Chief Development and Innovation Officer, says:

“Steven has given almost three decades of inspirational leadership to Choice Support. His passion and personal commitment to achieve inclusion and citizenship for people has never wavered. I could not have wished for a better mentor and I thank Steven for his guidance and support. I wish him much happiness for the future.”

When Steven took over leadership of Choice Support in 1991, following 17 years in the NHS, the organisation was a small local consortium in Southwark, south east London, with 11 employees. Under his leadership Choice Support grew to become one of the larger UK charitable providers of social care services to people with learning disabilities, with a reputation for innovation and person centred support.

At Choice Support Steven instigated innovations that influenced national service provision, including:

  • helping close long stay hospitals
  • establishing some of the country’s first supported living projects and service brokerage services
  • winning a RSA award for an anti-bullying campaign
  • becoming the first UK provider to convert a block contract with registered services to 83 individual service funds/individual budgets.

Steven’s work has been driven by a belief that people who use services should help control them. He led Choice Support to:

  • employ people with learning disabilities as trainers, interviewers and board members
  • establish Quality Checkers, employing 30 people with learning disabilities to check/monitor services.

Since 2011 Choice Support has helped develop/deliver CQC’s Experts by Experience Programme, employing over 320 people with experience of using services.

During his time at Choice Support Steven has contributed to the wider learning disabilities community. For example, he:

  • was vice chair of the Housing and Support Alliance (2013-16) and a director of the Association for Supported Living for over 10 years
  • has published 100-plus articles and book chapters about learning disabilities.

In 2015 he won the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare Platinum Medal for “… proven outstanding and long-term commitment to the person-centred care of people with profound learning disabilities.”

Steven says:

“I couldn’t have achieved what I have over the past 27 years without the help and support of many others, including people we support, their families, partner organisations, trustees and staff – in particular, the small team I’ve worked with over the past two years.”

Oliver Mills, Chair of the Board of Trustees says:

“I know the huge contribution Steven has made over many years to help support so many people to live full and independent lives. On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to thank him for all that he has achieved, and wish him well for the future.”

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