David Walden has extensive experience of working in central government, national agencies and delivery organisations. Much of his career was as a civil servant in the Department of Health, joining the senior civil service in 1989. His final role was as Head of Social Care Policy. He also has operational experience, having been the HR Director of an acute hospital NHS Trust and he successfully ran a “care and repair” business within a voluntary sector housing and care provider.
David enjoys tackling strategic policy issues and delivering change in complex environments, whilst maintaining good relationships with stakeholders.
Between 2004 and 2009 he was Director of Strategy at social care regulator, the Commission for Social Care Inspection where he was responsible for many of CSCI’s influential reports, including on home care services, investment in social care and the operation of councils’ eligibility criteria.
He then became Director of Adult Services at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, responsible for evidence of “what works” in social care, retiring in June 2012.
David has special interests in social and long-term care for adults, including its funding, and in healthcare. He has been involved in many policy developments and has a particular interest in regulation and its impact on consumers, providers and commissioners of health and care.