National Clinical Director for Learning Disabilities

Anne Williams CBE is the National Clinical Director for Learning Disabilities.Anne Williams

  • provides: strategic and expert guidance on
  • ensures: that “Valuing People Now” is implemented across health and social care
  • contributes: a wide area of experience and expertise across the health and social care fields
  • is responsible for: inclusivity of communication with and treatment of people with learning disabilities

About Anne Williams: Anne has over 30 years of experience in social care working in the NHS, voluntary sector and Local Authorities.  From 1999 to 2005 she was Director of Community and Social Services at Salford City Council managing Neighbourhood Services and Children’s and Adult Social Care.  Between September 2005 and September 2008, as Strategic Director, she managed Neighbourhood Services, Adult Social Care and Culture and Leisure Services.

She has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Salford.

Anne was an active member firstly of the Association of Directors of Social Services and then of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), both locally and nationally.  She became Vice President of ADSS from October 2006 and was the first President of ADASS from its launch on 26 March 2007.  During her presidential year she was closely involved in work with the Department of Health on a number of fundamental initiatives across adult social care and health.

Anne was awarded a CBE in June 2009 for services to Local Government.

Anne took over the post of National Director for Learning Disabilities with the Department of Health in October 2008. She was extensively involved in the development of “Valuing People Now” and one of her key responsibilities is to lead its delivery across health and social care.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of Salford Royal NHS Trust.

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