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The Telos Team

Ben BanoBen Bano, M.Sc (Oxon), CQSW, DMS, LTh, PGCert, has been a social worker for 38 years and was Director of Older Peoples services in East Kent Mental Health Partnership Trust from 2002 to 2005. In 2007 he founded Telos Training and he has delivered a range of training workshops across a range of subjects in mental health care and dementia across the statutory and non-statutory sector. Ben’s interests include social inclusion, the spiritual and the holistic dimension in mental health and dementia care. Ben is delivering awareness courses in dementia as well as programmes on Assessment Practice and Dementia for Approved Mental Health Professionals as well as a programme 'See ME rather than dementia' for NHS staff in five South London Boroughs. He is a regular contributor to AMHP refresher programmes.

This person has been endorsed by TCSW as working to an agreed set of quality criteria and offers provision that meets the CPD learning needs of social workers

Ben has a particular interest in spirituality and older age. He produced the DVD ‘Its still ME, Lord’ for Caritas Social Action Network, as well as an on-line learning resource. Recent publications include an article on ‘Positive aspects of the fourth age’ (with Professor Susan Benbow). He has also co-authored a chapter on spirituality and dementia for a book published by Pavilion Publications in Spring 2011 and he has contributed a chapter on spiritual accompaniment at the end of life for a book published by Pavilion Publications later in 2013. He co-edited a recent book in tribute to the late Professor Peter Gilbert - 'Crossing the River - the contribution of spirituality to the future of humanity.' which was published in April 2014.

Ben is currently Co-Chair of the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum. He is currently co-authoring a new guide for social workers: 'Faith Perspectives and Mental Health'. Outside his training activities he is a local District and Town Councillor and leads an organisation 'Seeking Sanctuary' which provides support for migrants in Calais.

Kate DawsonKate Dawson, BA, MSW, CQSW, MBA, MA has almost 30 years experience working in the public sector and in the mental health field.  She originally qualified as a social worker in 1983 and remains registered.  She has worked as a front line social work practitioner, primarily in the mental health field, and worked in a range of operational and strategic management roles.  She has managed forensic, working age and older peoples services. 

Kate has extensive experience in leadership and staff management.  She has worked closely for many years with the voluntary sector developing services that are truly person centred.  She was a founding director of a respected women and mental health service.  Kate  has been a  Professional Head of Social Work in the NHS, worked as the Director of Social Care in an NHS Trust and was also the Director of Older People’s services.  More recently Kate worked as Head of Strategic Commissioning in a local authority.  Kate now works independently as a trainer and consultant.

Kate is committed to supporting effective organisational, managerial and staff processes to achieve organisational tasks.  She has pursued this interest through a Masters in Psychoanalytic Approaches to Organisational Consultancy at the Tavistock Clinic. She has led major change programs to achieve more responsive and personalised services.  Throughout her work she has been committed to supporting the development of services run and/ or shaped by experts by experience. Kate is an approved trainer for the Mental Health First Aid program ( and is passionate about expanding understanding of mental health and reducing fear and stigma.

Liz SheehyLiz Sheehy, MA, has a background in Communications. She specialises in team and leadership development and works for a third sector organisation. She works with Ben in providing action learning sets for social care staff in Mental Health services. Liz leads for Telos on Equality and Diversity issues ,as well as the ‘Valuing Ourselves’ Programme which works with practitioners in focusing and refocusing on their core professional values in relation to their work. Liz is particularly interested in staff development programmes, including away days, using approaches based on Values Based Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. Her recent work with Telos has focused on coaching Senior Practitioners in undertaking change and improvement projects in a Mental Health Trust.

Liz also leads the Telos programme on the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Liz is currently involved in a staff development programme in West London on the Mental Capacity Act commissioned by the PCT and Social Services.

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