Caring Times Interview – Des Kelly
National Care Forum (NCF) executive director DES KELLY was the recipient of the 2007 Care Awards� Care Personality award, sponsored by P&G Professional. Mr Kelly spoke with Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson about his past career and achievements in social care and some of the ongoing challenges.
Des Kelly’s background of work in the residential care sector with both older people and other adults spans a career of 36 years, starting as a care assistant and becoming manager of a care home for 45 older people. His qualifications include B.Sc.(Hons) in Behavioural Science, a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and M.A. in Applied Social Studies.
He was appointed Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick School of Health and Social Studies in 2003, is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He joined the European Committee of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aged in June 2005 and is a governor of the Centre for Policy on Ageing, director of the Residential Forum and chair the Steering Group of the Help the Aged ‘My Home Life’ programme. In 2007 Mr Kelly was awarded an OBE for services to social care, and Care Personality of the Year in the National Care Awards. He currently holds the honorary positi