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Dr Robina Shah

Dr Robina Shah CPsychol MBE, FRCGP (Hon) DL JP

I am the National Director for Strategy and Policy on Carers at Frenkel Topping

A fundamental part of my leadership role is to promote the organisations commitment to carers and families through our “Connecting to Carers” policy and well -being strategy. This involves working in partnership with key national and local stakeholders in health, social care and the legal sector to raise awareness and offer solutions to the diverse challenges that carers and families experience.

I am a Chartered Psychologist with a specialist interest in learning disability and the experience of caring. I am an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Regional Fellow and member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Co-Director of the Doubleday Centre for the Patient Experience and a senior academic at Manchester Medical School, Manchester University. I am also a member of the Department of Health’s Standing Commission on Carers and an established author. My most recent book looks at the experience of disability hate crime and disability discrimination. I have worked in the NHS for more than twenty years and had held senior national and local leadership roles such as Chair of an NHS Foundation Trust Hospital for 12 years and other Non-Executive Directorships.

I have always assumed that the private sector would not be interested in the lived experience of carers and how to support them. However, when I met colleagues from Frenkel Topping and learnt about their charitable track record nothing could be further from the truth.

I enjoy working with Frenkel Topping for a variety of reasons. Colleagues have a moral code and are motivated to learn and innovate. Importantly, the organisation is caring, forward facing and totally committed to “putting carers and families first.”