Emh has appointed a new executive director of care, as it looks to grow its care offer and build greater connections with its main housing business.
Ruth Jennings joins emh as director of care from Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing where she held the role of head of care and support.
Her 30 years’ plus of experience in the housing and social care sector includes operational management of a diverse range of services as well as leading on care & support strategy.
She has delivered a variety of commissioned and non-commissioned services ranging from registered personal care for older people within extra-care and retirement living settings; to those with complex physical and learning disabilities, to housing related support for people experiencing domestic violence and homelessness, including asylum seekers and people experiencing mental ill health.
Ruth’s main responsibility will be supporting emh to achieve its mission of providing housing and care to improve opportunities for people. Emh’s care operation delivers around 10,000 hours of care and support each week within a supported living, registered care and nursing home environment and an ambition to support more than 1,000 people by April 2022.
Households aged 65 and over are expected to increase by 58% to 903,000 by 2035, and emh has reshaped its brand and structure to bring its housing and care offer together for the benefit of customers and the public purse.
Ruth said: “I am excited to join emh and contribute to their vision. It has, and continues to be, a challenging time for Social Care as we continue to deal with the repercussions of Covid19 and start to plan for the recovery of the sector post-pandemic. The pandemic has more than highlighted the desperate need for Social Care reform to deliver on high quality care and support solutions to those in need in our country and I am committed to being part of that solution.
“Given the funding regime for care and support has changed so much in recent years, I was impressed by how emh remained true to its commitment of continuing existing support services and its innovation to successfully develop new extra care and supported schemes at a time when others in the sector were reducing this risk.”
“My main focus initially will be to ensure the stability and viability of our services and to find our ‘new normal’ post pandemic, so we are in a strong position to grow our care offer in the future in line with our mission. I look forward to the challenge ahead and working with our service users, colleagues, partners, the executive and board to achieve our goals.”