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Chris Barson founded Positive About Autism in January 2009. Prior to that Chris was External Training Manager for the National Autistic Society. Chris has a long involvement with disability and autism. After studying drama at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff he started out as a drama tutor with Arts for Disabled People in Wales. Chris trained as a learning disabilities Nurse at University Hospital Wales. After qualifying Chris became a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities. Moving from Community Nursing into a specialist setting, Chris gained experience in intensive support for people who present a severe challenge to services. Chris first joined the National Autistic Society (NAS) in 1996 as a Project Officer in Wales on a Children in Need project reviewing short term care provision. After working with the NAS Regional Development Team promoting service development throughout the UK.
Chris went to work at the Royal College of General Practitioners, in 2000, where he managed Professional Development and Quality programmes. Chris rejoined NAS in 2004.Chris has contributed to the design and delivery of courses provided by Canterbury Christ Church University, and University of Cumbria. Chris is a contributing author to ‘The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century:Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice’ Jessica Kingsley Press 2010 (Highly Commended 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards)
Hazel Ratcliffe is Director of Ratcliffe Consultancy and has worked in social and health care for over twenty-five years as a Qualified Nurse, Psychotherapist & Social Worker. She has been involved in working with most client groups, but more intensively with people with Learning Disabilities, Mental health & Dementia. With a reputation for delivering exceptional training and coaching aimed at she has created a number of innovative training packages which are person centred in their thinking, and are designed to encourage exploration and creative participation.
She gently challenges delegate to reflect on their practice whilst encouraging them to believe that they can make a difference. She is committed to providing training, consultancy and support that is relevant to the individual or organisation and strives for excellence.
“The training received went down exceptionally well with the Childrens Radiology staff; it was pitched at just the right level for all those that attended be they clinical or non clinical and prompted much discussion for days after. Chris had obviously done his background research prior to speaking to my colleagues and I as he brought up real life situations that staff were able to relate to directly. All the staff have come away from this training session with an increased awareness of autism, which they have been actively putting in to practice whenever the need has arisen in there day to day working lives.
Thanks Chris and we look forward to meeting you again in the near future.”
Lead General Radiographer