Dr Gareth O'Rourke
Strategic Manager, Adult Social Care, Somerset County Council

Gareth has had a long career in the helping professions, originally training in mental health and then general nursing and later qualifying and practising as a social worker. He has worked with children and adults in a wide range of settings, with a main interest in working with older people. He represents Somerset County Council where he is responsible for the hospital social work teams. Gareth has a Doctorate in Social Science and is an honorary member of staff at Bristol University, currently involved in research concerned with ways in which people with dementia are able to access dialysis services.