Developing Cornwall’s Healthcare Workforce for the Future
Meet The Team
Originally a social worker in Berkshire I have worked in Local Authority Community Teams and the NHS and managed Residential and Domiciliary Care services before moving into education. I was curriculum leader for the Care Management programmes for Thames Valley Universities further education team for 7 years, before setting up a training company in Buckinghamshire. In 2012 I moved to Cornwall and created Dynamo Healthcare Training and Academy. I am passionate about healthcare services and supporting the development of a high quality healthcare workforce. I am also extremely passionate about supporting young people to realise their potential and that healthcare is an excellent career choice with many rewarding benefits.
I was finalist and runner up, as the 2016 South West Young Director of the year, for the Institute of Directors(IOD) Awards which was a great experience. I am also a mum of two teenagers and love to design and create dresses and fabric.
Tutor / IQA
After graduating from University in 1997 with a Social Science Hons degree, I went straight into Health and Social Care, and never looked back. I spent 16 years working for Mencap, a not for profit organisation working for adults with learning disabilities. I started as a support worker and progressed to Supported Living Manager, then a Domiciliary Care Manager and then a Registered Manager. Undertaking all the required qualifications along the way. Such as NVQ 2,3 and 4, RMA and A1. As part of the registered managers award I was also interviewed by CQC.
After 16 years I wished to try something new, and moved to United Response for 18months, United Response is also a not for profit organisation working for people with learning disabilities., During my time there I was working with families (parents with learning disabilities) and their children (from age 12 up) _ with learning disabilities. Supporting them in their own home. Challenging but rewarding work.
In 2014 I was offered the opportunity to work as an assessor, delivering Health and Social Care based qualifications to students in the workplace, for the past two years I have worked for Dynamo Health Care Training, doing just that. Delivering Health and Social Care levels 2 and 3, Business Administration levels 2 and 3 , Management levels 3 and 5 and CYP qualifications level 2 and 3. again, challenging but highly rewarding work.
Assessor / Teacher
I began my Health & Social Care career when I moved to Cornwall in 2007. I worked for Cornwall Council showing Care Managers, Social Workers and Case Co-ordinators how to use their new database. When my contract finished, and on a Care Managers recommendation, I started working in a day centre locally, enabling and empowering adults with physical disabilities to take on both the day to day challenges in life and some he more adventurous challenges such as climbing, sailing and water-skiing.
After several years I was asked by a training provider locally to work for them and whilst there gained my PTLLS and Moving and Handling Trainers Award. I taught various topics (Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, Moving and Handling, Health & Safety, Communication and interview skills) for an apprenticeship programme in Health & Social Care enabling them to find employment. This is where I recognised that I wanted to work with learners providing support and encouragement to achieve. I undertook my TAQA whilst learning the ropes and also delivered Functional Skills. I love seeing learners develop and grow in confidence, and for those that have been out of education for a number of years, realise that they can do it!
Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer
Qualified nurse of 17years. Trained as an adult nurse at Princess Margarets Hospital in Swindon under the University of the West England. Post qualified I worked at Derriford on Wolf ward (colorectal surgery) for 5years working up to senior staff nurse. I joined Port Isaac Practice in 2002 and had a joint role of practice and community nurse. I took 12 months of to have my daughter and returned to the practice as Lead Practice Nurse. Since then I have qualified as a nurse prescriber and hold qualifications in Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Minor injuries and minor illness.
I joined Dynamo Healthcare in 2014 and work as a clinical assessor and internal verifier supporting the clinical health, health and social care and support services in healthcare programmes.
I am also a qualified massage therapist.
After completing an Advertising degree at Falmouth University in 2010 I knew I didn’t want to leave Cornwall for work so started working for a local distribution company. Starting out in marketing and re-designing their website, I went on to lead on a main publication and produce the copy. I knew I wanted to go travelling so took some time out to see India and Thailand which was amazing.
I am now the Office Manager at Dynamo Healthcare Training, overseeing everything in the office, as well as linking with employers, dealing with recruitment and managing DHCT’s social media. I am also completing my Management Level 3 Apprenticeship.
I began my career in Health and Social Care 1995 beginning with an apprenticeship in H&SC I stayed working in this field for approx. 11 years working in different local settings including West Cornwall Hospital, learning disabilities and elder care homes around the Penwith area. I loved it- it’s a very challenging and rewarding career path!
After having my children I returned to education as a mature student, I completed my degree in Youth work and Community Studies then went on to complete my teacher training and have taught H&SC/Childcare/and Employability to levels 1/2/&/3 for 6 years, achieving excellent results with my learners in both coursework and exams, with100% success last year. I also have a variety of further qualifications including Mental Health and I am also a fitness instructor.
I am now working at Dynamo Healthcare Training Academy as the Cadetship lecturer and programme manager. I am very enthusiastic and passionate about my work and my experience and look forward to teaching you!
Functional Skills and Learning Support Assistant
After completing qualifications in both ICT and Business, my work background has been predominantly in retail and computer repairs. With 15 years’ experience in these areas I wanted to do something different and pass on the knowledge I had gained. I became an ICT assessor where I completed my TAQA qualification. I achieved high pass rates in both occupational and functional skills areas and hope to bring this success with me to Dynamo Healthcare Training. I support Business Awards and functional skills English, Maths and ICT.
Joining the team at Dynamo Healthcare Training as a functional skills assessor has allowed me to continue to develop my skills. I have recently completed my Level 3 Education and Training Qualification and I have been supporting our Healthcare Academy Cadets within their teaching environment.
Tutor / Employer Engagement Lead
I started a career in Musical Theatre before becoming a carer for my mum who had Huntington’s Disease. After 18 months of being a private carer, I started a role with an Autism Charity as a Care Support Worker, working with individuals on the autistic spectrum. I spent the first five years working in children’s services before moving into adult services as a keyworker for one of the individuals I supported. After a further two years I qualified as a challenging behaviour and physical intervention instructor.
I found I had a natural talent for teaching and an opportunity arose for me to join the training department full-time. I completed various teaching, vocational and subject specific qualifications as well as my assessors award. After four years in the training department, I had worked my way up to the post of Training Manager.
I then worked for a national training company delivering apprenticeships in Health & Social Care, Business Admin, Customer Service and Management. This enabled me to travel the county, visiting various care settings and developing links with multiple employers.
An opportunity opened for me to join Dynamo Healthcare Training where I deliver a pre-employment to care course, link with employers, am the career advisor for Dynamo Healthcare Academy, deliver educational workshops and am the school liaison, as well as keeping my hand in with assessing apprenticeship learners.
Learning Support Assistant
Tutor / Internal Verifier