Health & Social Services

Health & Social Services

The Footnotes VMT Programme has been running for over two decades, during which the founder Oliver West has developed a portfolio of specialised techniques for supporting the needs of people at all ages and stages of life. Footnotes can be tailored to suit the specific needs of a department, and can offer long-term solutions both to individuals and to the multi-agency services they work in within the public sector.


Referrals can be made by health practitioners to the Footnotes VMT Programme. Footnotes has proven to provide a unique framework for the sharing of workable methodologies of support across multi-agency initiatives. By training staff in Footnotes, not only will practitioners develop skills to manage their own work load, they will also have useful strategies to hand on to the individuals they are working with.


New Footnotes applications for the healthcare and social services environment are being developed on a regular basis. We offer a broad portfolio of strategies that can be applied both to an individual or to a wider or group setting. Multi-agency collaboration particularly benefits from the use of these easily transferable strategies.

Footnotes is frequently used in the practical tasks of need assessment, in supporting meetings of the various parties involved or in the process of decision making. Footnotes is also relevant in the more therapeutic setting of memory recall and recovery, for patients who have had illness that has caused memory loss.

Alternatively, working with patients on diagnosis decoding, to help individuals really understand what situation they are currently in so that they can make appropriate decisions. The timelines series of activities can also help individuals to see where they are going. Using the perspectives grid and the decision making grid, they can then move towards setting realistic goals within their hopes and dreams, and maybe even look at behavioural change where this is appropriate.

We have seen evidence of dramatic changes where individuals have needed to alter the way they see themselves so as to be better in the long run. Sometimes mediation and reconciliation related strategies are also useful in this situation.

Behaviour management
Footnotes offers complimentary strategies in behaviour management support. Please visit our ‘Behaviour Management’ section for more information about using Footnotes as a tool to help facilitate positive behavioural change and management.

Pastoral care
There is a large overlap between the health and social services and the pastoral care support that Footnotes offers. Please visit our ‘Counsellors and Pastoral Carers‘ section for more information about using Footnotes in emotional support and post-trauma recovery.

Policy making
If you’re interested in the policy side of health and social services, please visit our ‘Policy Makers‘ section to see how Footnotes can support in this arena.

These are a selection of some of the grid modules available ..

To find out about the modules that cover these topics, and many others, visit our grids page.


Training is available from all perspectives of health and social services, from health practitioners, to social workers, volunteers, patients, clients, support workers and policy makers. It can take place in an auditorium or in your living room, via conferences, lectures, workshops, family sessions, or one-to-one online tutorials. You can find out more about what it means to be a visual multilayered thinker, learn in depth about specific Footnotes strategies that take your fancy, or even qualify as a facilitator of Footnotes, enabling you to work as an instructor in a variety of settings. These highly relevant strategies can also be applied in many other fields as well.

To find out more about the various training options we offer, ranging from one-off sessions to a longer programme of support, visit this page.


If you would like to refer anyone for individual Footnotes support or intervention, visit this page.


Oliver West, creator and founder of Footnotes, offers visual multilayered thinking (VMT) awareness support, Footnotes consultation and bespoke training with you or your organisation. This could be in areas such as policy making, curriculum creation and management support, assessment strategies, and learning or working environment development.

For more information visit this page or get in touch to book a consultation.

Public Speaking & Motivational Speaking

You can also invite Oliver to speak at any event that you are organising. From conferences, to plenary and breakout presentations and even school assemblies.


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