Speaker profile for Kath Sutherland: Speaking at Naidex

Speaker Name: Kath Sutherland

Company Name: START Ability Services (Hosts of the Association of Disabled Professionals)

Seminar Title: Breaking Down the Barriers: Finding effective solutions using coproduction.

We operate an award-winning national service that assists everyone with any form of impairment, to negotiate complex health and social care issues, with a focus on employment and self-employment.
This seminar demonstrates how our practical, common sense approach highlights the benefits of using coproduction. It is aimed at individuals, employers, health and social care professionals, and anyone who wants
to consider alternative approaches to increasing the inclusion of disabled people.

About Kath Sutherland

Kath is the Founder of START Ability Services. She has received numerous accolades, including a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, for her innovative work in removing the barriers to equal participation that disabled
people face.
Kath also hosts an award winning national Work Advice Service, on behalf of the Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP), called Work Helpline UK (www.workhelpline.uk).  She is a published researcher, with an interest in the facilitation of comprehensive solutions to remove any barriers to equality in participation, including those faced by people with complex health conditions and impairments. 
Finally, her lived experience of impairment enables Kath to support others to gain access to appropriate assistance, information and advice for impairment related issues. To this end, she has acted as a Steering Group and Guideline member for both the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).