Relational Care: Bridging the gap between aspiration and implementation

Rashmi Becker

University of Cambridge

With 20 years’ experience as a communications and policy professional, Rashmi has worked in London, Brussels and Dubai and in a range of areas including healthcare, education, the UK government and European Union. Rashmi has advised senior executives and ministers and helped organisations such as the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Parliament and Commission and one of the world’s largest medical research charities to deliver strategies that engage people to make informed decisions and bring about positive change.As an Executive Director and Strategic Advisor for leading UK learning disability and autism charities, Rashmi helped develop relationships with stakeholders such as policy makers, disability groups, carers and the media to improve understanding of the needs and aspirations of disabled people in order to enable them to achieve their potential. This led Rashmi to apply for and secure full funding to undertake a three-year PhD in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge in 2015 where her research is focused on bridging the gap between learning disability policy and practice. Rashmi has an MPhil in Education from Cambridge where she focused on autism education and is guardian to an older brother who has autism.


The ideologies set out in policy and legislation lack detail on practical delivery. The language and thinking around care has seen a transition from a medical, paternalistic model which was about protecting people and the duty... [ view full abstract ]

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This research is in it's first year of three so the presentation will set out the initial research, plans and ambitions. The research is fully funded by a studentship from the National Institute for Health Research and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Rashmi Becker (University of Cambridge)

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S20 » Symposia: Comorbidities; mental health and wellbeing; access to healthcare II (09:00 - Sunday, 18th September, Tinto Room)

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