Introducing our Expert #TalkCare Panel

Published: 17/07/2019

We are excited to announce our expert health and care panel, who will be answering your Top 10 Questions on growing older in Devon. 



This November, Bluebird Care is encouraging Devon to #TalkCare with a panel of leading health and care experts.  They will be answering your Top 10 Questions on growing older in Devon, navigating the care options available and helping us all prepare for the future. 



Why #TalkCare?

Despite the need for care and support as we get older being inevitable, it still remains a conversation that we're simply not having - or leaving far too late. 

Care is often panic-purchased at a time of crisis. Residential homes are seen as the only option. Getting older and needing support begins to feel all about loss. The loss of independence, dignity and choice. 

Starting a new conversation 

How and what care is eventually chosen is of course up to individuals - but these choices can't be made until people better understand the often confusing and complex world of care. 

​At Bluebird Care East Devon, Exeter & Exmouth, we want to start a new type of conversation about growing older in Devon. We want to start a care conversation that is positive, informative, open-minded, inclusive and above all, hopeful. 

#TalkCare 2017 Panel

We are extremely excited to announce and introduce our panel of leading experts in the health and care sector:


Martyn Rogers, Chief Executive - Age UK Exeter 

​Age Uk Exeter is a dynamic, local charity offering a wide range of services, information, support and opportunities to over 1,200 older people and families in the city each week.


Dr. Michael Dixon, LVO, OBE  ​

Michael is currently Chair of the College of Medicine, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription (NHS England), Senior Partner at the Clum Valley Integrated Centre for Health, and Medical Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales. He is Visiting Professor at University College London and the University of Westminster, a Senior Fellow in Public Policy (University of Birmingham) and an Honorary Senior Fellow Lecturer (Peninsula Medical School, Exeter).

William Flint, Director - Bluebird Care East Devon, Exmouth & Exeter

An award-winning care at home provider. They first provided care in Exeter in March 2011 and today employ over 140 staff, having delivered over 610,000 hours of care in the homes of their Devon customers.

Tina Naldrett, Director of Care - Hospiscare

​Tina is a registered general and mental health nurse, with a background in working with older people and those at the end of their lives in a variety of settings since joining the health service in 1981. She worked as Assistant Director of Nursing NHS community and community hospitals in North, East and Mid-Devon for 10 years. Prior to this, she worked as a Stroke Coordinator, Hospital Matro and as a senior lecturer practitioner for Plymouth University, teaching at certificate, diploma, degree and masters levels. 

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter

Devon Cabinet Member for Adult Health and Social Care, taking a lead in the growing debate about closer working between health and social care services.

The expert panel talk is part of our #TalkCare campaign - aiming to get the conversation about care on the local agenda, as well as kick-started round the kitchen tables of families in Devon.

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