NHC2019 Roadshow-New Approaches
Environmental Health – Safe and Habitable Workshop
Ellis Turner is a Senior Lecturer Environmental Health at University of the West of England. He was an Environmental Health Manager at Islington Council who has investigated hoarding behaviour both as an Environmental Health practitioner and as a manager of a team. He co-authored an NHS Islington evidence hub fact sheet with Megan Karnes as part of the Islington’s joint strategic needs assessment.
Ellis also helped develop Islington’s hoarding protocol through contributions and review with many other health and social care teams. Ellis is currently undertaking an research degree programme and is planning to carry out research into the relationship between hoarding behaviour and service provision and access to service provision.
Chair, HoardingUK – CEO CloudsEnd CIC
Heather Matuozzo is a CEO of a Social Enterprise called Clouds End CIC, a professional declutterer, trainer, activist for people who hoard, she also established the Pan London Hoarding Task Force and recently launched a National Task Force initiative.
She has founded the Clouds End CIC to work with local authorities and now helps them work with their tenants who might have got into trouble with their belongings. Clouds End also helps to develop multi–agency groups and co-runs a Pan-London Hoarding Task Force with Peabody Housing. She has worked in this field since 2007 and thinks it is just ‘the best work there is!’.
Heather has taken part in BBC’s documentaries Britain’s Biggest Hoarders, talks frequently on the radio and is an associate trainer for MIND.
As she puts in her own words: “Any form of chaos delights me, it is always a challenge. Helping clients find a practical and enjoyable way to manage their things is the aim. Empowering the client – not punishing them. My maternal aunts were hoarders and I spent every weekend with one and loved it, so excessive clutter makes me feel quite at home.”
Housing Support – Housing and Hoarding Workshop
Julie works directly with people with hoarding behaviour providing practical help and support in a person centred way.
Julie is passionate about raising awareness of Hoarding and the challenges it brings. After the success of the first ever Hoarding Awareness Week started by Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA) in 2014 Julie decided to start this initiative again. Julie led on behalf of Pan London Hoarding Taskforce (PLHT) and began spreading the word around the country. The week grew in 2017 and is now planned as an annual event for 3rd week in May every year.
Julie has been providing Hoarding training for internal staff at Optivo Housing and contractors since 2014 and has also presented at Housemark’s Tenancy Sustainability and Anti-social Behaviour Clubs as well as to Fire And Rescue Services.
Director and Founder, HoardingUK
Counsellor BA (Hons), Dip. Clinical Supervision and Consultancy, Prim. Cert CBT, National Advocacy Qualification, Independent Mental Health Advocate, Independent Capacity Advocate, MBACP.
After leaving her role running a national charity for who people who experience Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Megan Karnes, Director of HoardingUK, launched a one page website.
Having supported people who hoard, their family/friends and professionals in her nearly five years at that organisation, hoarding stood out as an area of Mental Health in which discriminatory practice was common.
Discriminatory because people who were dealing with hoarding tendencies were getting all the backlash and none of the support.
Integrating Megan Karnes’ thirteen years experience of supporting people who compulsively hoard, family, friends, neighbours and professionals, HoardingUK is an organisation committed to increasing choice and control for people who compulsively hoard while ensuring the professionals are empowered to provide appropriate and effective interventions.
Michelle Murray Esq
User Involvement – Advocacy Support Workshop
Esq BA, PGDip Law, MA, Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA). Michelle, Barrister, works with the Care Quality Commission. She was also a part of the Winterbourne Joint Improvement Programme.
She presently is a Governor for the Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.
Dr Satwant Singh
Clinical Director HoardingUK
Dr. Satwant Singh is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, a Nurse Consultant in CBT and Mental Health and a Clinical Lead for a primary care psychological service in London. He has co-facilitated the London Hoarding Treatment Group since 2005.
Satwant with his colleagues have undertaken a number of research project using Visual Methods in developing interventions to deal with hoarding issues, facilitated workshops and training in this field. In addition to academic publications he has co-authored Overcoming Hoarding published by Robinson Press self-help book based on CBT techniques for individuals, family members, carers and professionals.