Presenting at events

We work closely with disabled people, their families and carers to present information to professionals and decision makers at local, regional and national events.

Pathways Associates has a very extensive network of contacts across the North West and over the years we have supported and trained many people with disabilities to work with us, as Board Members, and in delivering training and presentations to professionals at all levels of organisations.

We draw upon that network to ensure that disabled people, their families and carers are active participants in presenting at local, regional and national events to promote greater choice and control for people who utilise services. This approach supports service improvement, better outcomes for people who use services, and provides associated benefits for service commissioners and providers.

Target Audience:

NHS and other agencies

Length of course:

Individual events and conferences


Delivered by:

Colin Elliott

Colin Elliott
Associate Consultant
07975 809 820

Colin began his career in social care in 1985 as a care assistant, working with adults with learning and physically disabilities. More recently he has supported North West Directors of Adult Social Services in developing responses to adults with a learning disability, their families and carers at a time when many councils are facing increasing demand for support and reducing budgets.

Colin has managed residential care services for older people, care management and assessment teams and designed and commissioned a wide range of services for adults living with HIV and adults with drug and alcohol problems. He has also worked with the Government on behalf of Local Authorities, Health and other agencies in the North West to develop and oversee joint approaches to housing and supporting asylum seekers and refugees, helping people to integrate into local communities and find work.

Colin led drug and alcohol strategy and commissioning in Manchester on behalf of the Local Authority, Health, Police, Probation and Prison Services. He was responsible for redesigning one of the country’s largest drug treatment systems, and improved treatment options and outcomes by involving drug users, their families and carers in designing new services.

Most recently Colin worked as an Assistant Director for Manchester City Council. During his time in post he led on many aspects of social care strategy and policy and was responsible for the social care services provided and commissioned by the council. These included supported housing, day support and other services for learning disabled adults, their families and carers.

Colin’s approach to partnership working and strategic leadership at regional and national levels have been informed by his experience of supporting people as a front line worker. He is committed to helping people to exercise real choice and control over their lives and to achieve the outcomes that are important to them.