Sam Bennett, DirectorSam is passionate about making personalisation happen and has worked on implementing personalised systems in health and social care at local, regional and national levels for the last eight years. In October 2012 Sam was also appointed as Think Local Act Personal's Programme Director.
As part of the government’s Individual Budgets Pilot Programme, he managed one of the original pilots in a London Borough before becoming their Programme Manager for Personalisation and playing a leading role in implementing personal budgets across the locality. He then joined the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP), where he authored key sections of the national personalisation toolkit, and joined the Department of Health in 2008 to support the implementation of Putting People First (PPF). Here he worked for three years as National Lead for commissioning and market development, working alongside councils, regions and provider organisations to share innovative practice and learn what works in delivering fully personalised services.
In 2010-11, Sam managed the Department of Health’s National Provider Development Programme, which has supported providers up and down the country to adapt and transform their support and extend choice and control to people in all service settings. He has authored numerous publications to support innovation across the sector, including the Provider Blueprint, a popular online resource for commissioners and providers, and Practical Approaches to Market Development, published alongside the Government’s vision for Adult Social Care. Most recently he has been engaged as an advisor to the Think Local, Act Personal Partnership, where he facilitates a group looking at developing personalised services as part of the important work of the National Market Development Forum.
Sam has a PhD in Modern Social History from the University of Bristol, which took him to New York for a year and allowed him to pursue a love of baseball as well as hone his analytical skills. He wants Groundswell Partnership to have a profound and lasting effect on the quality and flexibility of care and support services in the UK and is interested in anything and everything that helps make personalisation a force for positive change in people’s lives. He’s an avid cook and lives in South London with his wife and cat.