Clenton Farquharson MBE is a disabled person with lived experience of health and social care. Clenton employs his own personal assistant, and he looks after his 85 year old mum's personal budget.
He'is Chair of the Think Local Act Personal partnership board, SCIE trustee, member of the Coalition for Personalised Care, and a member of the'Social Care Sector COVID-19 Stakeholder Group. His other roles include being a member of the NHS Assembly, acting chair of Quality Matters, a trustee of the Race Equality Foundation, ambassador for Disability Rights UK. He is a director of Community Navigator Services CIC, and a Skills for Care ambassador.
Besides these positions he manages to find the time to work as consultant, auditor, trainer, and coach on inclusion, equality and disability, and was named in Disability News Services' list of influential disabled people. In his spare time he supports Birmingham City football club.
'I have a radical idea: it's called being human. l'm hopeful it will catch on. It's this simple idea; about people, relationships, lives. We can turn this idea into a reality through personalisation, and 'Coproduction'. It may appear quite simple, but it can offer insight and understanding, and you can draw upon your experiences to help others.
Pause for a moment and let that sink in. There are huge benefits to fostering the human potential available to us. If we can understand and redefine 'personalisation' like that, I think we can change everything. Although it's a simple idea, I don't think it's a small one.'