Benj is the Policy and Practice Officer at See Me Scotland, working to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health issues. He is engaging with a range of stakeholders to improve the experiences and outcomes of those interacting with the health and social care system. This is being achieved through influencing policy, strategic direction and local delivery, informing scrutiny and measurement, plus delivering staff training, and supporting volunteers to exert their voice.
He is currently leading on See Me’s involvement in the Distress Brief Intervention programme.
Previously, Benj worked at the Health and Social Care Alliance (the ALLIANCE) in a variety of roles. During his time at the ALLIANCE, he was heavily involved in numerous pieces of work commissioned by the Scottish Government. These included:
- Authoring a report mapping person-centred care and personalisation across Scotland to identify opportunities for the Our Voice Framework;
- Co-authoring the Seldom Heard report that fed into the National Conversation on a Healthier Scotland;
- Supporting engagement with seldom heard groups on the new social security system; and
- Conducting extensive qualitative research on the state of the third sector’s involvement in health and social care integration.
Benj is a member of the What Matters to You? Steering Group and Audit Scotland’s Equality and Human Rights Advisory Group.
He is currently undertaking the Scottish Improvement Leader Programme in Cohort 15. He has undergraduate and master of research degrees, in psychology and neuroscience, from the University of Glasgow.