John has worked in social care for 23 years starting work as a
care assistant in a home for older people he trained as a social
worker in the early 1990s and worked in a range of practice,
management and commissioning roles.
John's work on self-assessment and resource
allocations were some of the key innovations emerging from In
Control's first phase of work.
As In Control's technical lead, John Waters has
helped local authorities understand and solve key systems
challenges they face when adopting self-directed support. John has
led the development of methodologies, tools and techniques that
ensure self-directed support can be underpinned by a sustainable
resource allocation system (RAS). The recently published audit
commission report, 'Financial management of personal budgets'
indicated that these tools and approaches are now widespread and
are approaches based on John's work. They are currently in use by
122 councils in England.
John has also led In Control's research
and evaluation programme and his work is featured in
'Personal Budgets: checking the results' a supporting paper
for the recently published 'Think Local, Act Personal: Next
steps for transformation of Adult Social Care'.
In addition to these technical developments,
John has an interest in social innovation and has taken forward
work that has seen self-directed support emerge in challenging new
areas; including work with entrenched rough sleepers and more
recently with repeat offenders serving custodial sentences.