The Impact Programme is led by Madeleine Starr MBE, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK. Madeleine joined Carers UK in 2000 to lead its work on carers and employment. In 2009 she was recognised as a Working Families Pioneer for ‘her sustained and successful campaigning for carers’ employment rights’ and for her influence in establishing the Employers for Carers membership forum, launched in 2009. She currently leads Carers UK’s work on digital innovation in health, care and the third sector. Madeleine was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to employment.
Other key Carers UK contributors to the Sustainable Care programme are Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, and Katherine Wilson, Head of Employment
Carers UK is a key partner in the Sustainable Care programme, responsible for delivering its Impact Strategy and contributing its expertise to its research areas, especially on carers and work and on new technologies. Carers UK is a not-for-profit organisation with over 50 years’ experience of working to improve the lives of unpaid carers, through campaigning and lobbying at local, national and international level and providing information, advocacy and consultancy services.
Carers UK has a long standing relationship with Professor Sue Yeandle and other academic partners in the programme, primarily aimed at ensuring that valuable research translates into policy and practice change. That will now be its key role in Sustainable Care.
Carers UK has a strong track record of achieving change and the Sustainable Care programme is an opportunity to build on that impact, as the UK Government debates the future of health and social care and launches its new Action Plan for Carers.