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Who I have worked for in the past

Work prior to 2013

Barnsley Public Health Team – June 2012

Facilitation of JSNA review day

Regional Voices – May 2012 to November 2012

Audit of VCS experience of influencing local health and social care commissioners – preparation for JSNA, JHWS and HWB – barriers and success factors. The final report is here –  ‘Its not just about seats at the table’

Shared Intelligence – July 2011 to November 2011

Supporting Slough Metropolitan Borough Council design their new public health service, establish their health and wellbeing board and produce their first Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Gateshead NHS September 2011

Supporting Gateshead NHS and partners develop a community engagement framework

What they said:

Mark Gamsu designed and facilitated an event ‘Engagement and Responsibility’ for Gateshead PCT. Participants included the LA, PCT and Voluntary and Community Sector. Mark was an excellent facilitator who managed to engage the group in lively and challenging debate. From the event Mark developed an action plan to develop a more strategic approach to engagement across Gateshead. Evaluation from participants was positive including:

“Mark demonstrated huge knowledge and was able to be flexible to respond to the demands in the room”

Norah Stevens – Involvement and Engagement Manager, NHS South of Tyne and Wear

Workers Education Association July/August 2011

Supporting the WEA strengthen relationships between their regional committees and national trustee board as they restructure their organisation.

What they said:

“Thank you, too, for what you’ve achieved through the conciliation process. Not only has your work helped the WEA to find a modus operandi of resolving a serious potential crisis ahead of Conference 2011, but I believe more importantly  it has also set us on course to revitalise our democratic movement and process and improve the way we communicate within the Association at every level.” – Richard Bolsin – General Secretary WEA

Altogether Better May /July 2011

Supporting this regional and national community health champion programme develop links with national partners including The Health Foundation, Locality and the Department of Health.

What they said

“The consultancy work Mark did with Altogether Better was fantastic in helping us to connect into people and places we may never have reached. Mark was really skillful in using  his influencing skills and power of persuasion along with his wide network of relationships and connections at national level to link us up with some key decision makers and thought leaders. Mark is a great supporter and advocate of the work we are doing to reduce health inequalities and works with us to provide both support and challenge” – Alyson McGregor Programme Director

Voluntary Sector North West – April 2011 to September 2011

A piece of work funded by the Department of Health and commissioned by Voluntary Sector North West. It involves capturing the commissioning stories of 5 exemplar voluntary organisations/social enterprises and producing a report of key findings for government, commissioners and voluntary/social enterprise organisations. Partners include NCVO, Kings Fund, Regional Forum. More information including reports is available here –

What they said

“Mark Gamsu’s knowledge of how the health system works and of the voluntary and community sector has proven invaluable in the work he has conducted for Regional Voices and VSNW.  He is good at communicating with professionals in both arenas and analyses information in an effective way producing accessible reports that inform key decision makers.” – Richard Caulfield Chief Executive Voluntary Sector NorthWest

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