Name: Colin Paton
Organisation: Perth & Kinross Council
Service: Adult Care, Health & Social Care Partnership
Title: Quality Assurance and Performance Team Leader, with additional responsibility for Council Substance Use Service.
I have worked with Perth & Kinross Council since August 2010. Before this, I worked in the 3rd Sector, managing homeless accommodation in Dundee.
Since joining PKC I have had the opportunity to work with some very interesting people and have gained many new skills as well as improving older ones. Most of my professional practice has focused on working with hard to engage groups of people, with issues such as homelessness, mental wellbeing or substance use.
My current role as Quality Assurance and Improvement Team Lead has allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills in this area, and to start a programme that aims to address improvements within Adult Care.
I see my role as one that will allow for the embedding the New Health & Social Care Standards into everyday practices and in return, to help staff to be able to evidence the impact they are making to the lives of people who use their services.
Being part of this project has allowed me to work in partnership with Iriss, which is very exciting. It has come along just at the right time as our work at the Council and in my department is starting to focus on self-evaluation and the evidence required to make our services the best they can be.