“highly successful track record in strategic development & management across health & social care”

Deborah Klée

Deborah established herself as an Independent Consultant in 2005 after completing a ground breaking, national review of older people’s services on behalf of the Healthcare Commission, Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Audit Commission. The publication of Living Well in Later Life, March 2005 excited media attention and led directly to the Government’s Dignity in Care campaign.

A commitment to improving people’s experience of health and social care services led Deborah to specialise in safeguarding adults. She has experience of chairing a number of safeguarding adult boards and has helped to shape national and regional policy in safeguarding adults.

A professional writer, researcher, social entrepreneur and public speaker. Deborah uses her expertise to lead partnerships, putting the person who uses health and care services at the centre of their care.

Core Skills

Some examples of achievements demonstrating these skills are given below.

Chairing and leading partnership boards

Independent Chair Westminster Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) August 2009 – March 2013

Learning from a management review raised concerns over the delay of the London Ambulance (LAS) response following a mental health section assessment. As Chair of the Westminster SAB I worked with the LAS and London safeguarding networks to change policy and improve the response times across London.

Independent Chair Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Adults Board May 2012 – April 2014

Pioneered the use of an NHS self assessment audit for safeguarding adults by adapting it for the use of all partners on the SAB. This led to an approach that is used today across London, endorsed by NHS England and the London Chairs of SABs network.

Independent Chair Southwark Safeguarding Adults Board December 2013 – March 2015

Worked with the Southwark SAB to put in place a SAB strategy, business plan and establish sub groups with clear work plans. This was achieved over the course of one year when adult services were going through a period of considerable change and uncertainty.

Independent Chair Sutton Safeguarding Adults Board March 2013 – present

Led a partnership board that has achieved; effective subgroups led by executive officers in partner agencies, a clear strategy supported by a business plan, partnership funding, a quality dashboard, multi agency audits, a four page high impact annual report, a SAB forward plan, evidence of increased awareness of safeguarding and improved services.

Chair of the London network of chairs of safeguarding adult boards Jan 2013 – August 2015

Initiated discussions with the Commander of the Metropolitan Police to agree performance information to be reported for London SABs.

Chair of a Best Interests Decision- Making meeting Homerton University Hospital Trust June 2016

Prepared paper work (compliant with the Mental Capacity Act), sought views of friends and family and chaired a complex, best interests decision making meeting on behalf of the Trust.

SAR overview report writer

Experience of chairing a number of SCR/SAR panels and author of SAR overview reports. An example of a published SAR can be found at: http://www.norfolksafeguardingadultsboard.info/safeguarding-adults-review/safeguarding-adult-review-mr-aa-published-november-2015

Experienced in using other approaches including elements of the Serious Incident Learning Process, Learning Together model (SCIE) and the Partnership Learning Review (Essex SAB).

Critical appraisal and evaluation of services

Developed a Safeguarding Assurance Framework for Barts Health NHS Trust, following their CQC inspection. This review and development work with the Trust and their partners led to a safeguarding adults strategy and new structures and systems to support implementation. July – August 2015

Worked with a safeguarding adults board, children’s safeguarding board and domestic violence partnership to review intelligence sharing and joint decision-making. This review and resulting report led to the development of a Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – Bath and North East Somerset Sept 2014

Contributed to the development of the following methodologies for the Healthcare Commission and CSCI; Community mental health review 2006, Race equality review 2007, Learning disability follow up review 2008, Learning disability joint commissioning review 2008.

Researched the progress of Councils in delivering the later life agenda and wrote the resulting report, Getting on well together: councils working with older people (IDeA and LGA 2009) Contributed to the development of two IDeA Peer Reviews, Later Life and Safeguarding Adults IDeA 2010

Shaping national policy

Project managed the LGA, ADASS and SCIE initiative Making Safeguarding Personal and wrote the resulting report Making Safeguarding Personal (LGA March 2013).

Developed and led a series of master classes and leadership academies as part of the LGA Ageing Well programme. This involved planning the content, finding speakers, writing marketing fliers, co-ordinating delivery, facilitation, evaluation and follow up of 30 seminars and 7 leadership academies. LGA Nov 2009 – March 2012

Led a national review of older peoples’ services across health and local government on behalf of three regulators, the Healthcare Commission, CSCI and the Audit Commission. This included managing the delivery of ten inspections of partnerships and writing a national report. CSCI Healthcare Commission and Audit Commission March 2005

Pioneer Asset Based Community Development

As a faculty member of ABCD Europe Deborah has been a pioneer in the use of Asset Based Community Development, working with several councils and CCGs to help them apply ABCD. She and has also co-authored two publications:

Using 'asset-based social work' to enable older people to stay independent, Deborah Klee and Marc Mordey, Community Care January 201

Asset based community development enriching the lives of older citizens, Deborah Klee, Marc Mordey, Steve Phaure, Cormac Russell, Working with Older People, Volume 18 Number 3 pp. 111-127

Career history