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.
Functional Skills / Short Course Tutor
I first started teaching the Patient Administration System (PAS) at Treliske hospital in 1992, when nurses were starting to use computers. Since then I have been fortunate enough to teach a wide variety of subjects, including management, dance, minute taking, keep fit, first aid, maths, English and ICT; all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
I completed my Adult teacher’s certificate (CG7307) in 1992 and updated this with my Preparing to Teach Lifelong Learning Sector level 4 (PTLLS) in 2012. Having not done particularly well at school myself, I can relate to the more ‘mature’ learner, having been one of these myself.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in due course and to supporting you to achieve your full potential.
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.
Exam Officer / Centre Administrator
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 Centre administrator/Exam Officer for Dynamo, supporting the team and making sure everything in the office runs smoothly.
Business Development Manager
As Business Development Manager I’m for responsible for employer engagement, developing strong links and opportunities for traineeships and apprenticeships and developing the Academy programme. I have a background in community engagement, project development, marketing and EU funding streams.
I grew up in Cornwall and graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc Hons in Environmental Science, I spent my first few years out of university in the West Midlands working for charity Garden Organic on the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER programme and Warwick Town Council’s Unlocking Warwick project as a Community Engagement Officer. I then moved back to Cornwall with my family and worked as a Business Development Team Leader for a charity that supports adults with learning and physical disabilities before joining Dynamo Healthcare in 2015. I’m passionate about developing opportunities for young people in Cornwall and sharing good practice in the healthcare sector.
I also teach EFL (English as a foreign language) and in my spare time enjoy climbing, surfing and yoga.
A qualified nurse, assessor and registered Manager, with experience spanning many years of clinical healthcare. As a registered manager of Care Homes I managed the day to day running of homes, team recruitment and all that’s involved supporting the team members during their employ, audits, liaising with other disciplines, networking, working towards targets agreed for the homes and introducing new concepts. Also as a qualified nurse consultant I have many year experience assessing people`s needs who may be eligible for continuing healthcare funding. Reviewing all medical history provided from surgeries and care homes and presenting this using a decision support tool to determine an individual`s eligibility. I decided to move to Cornwall with my family and now work as a Clinical Health assessor supporting healthcare assistants with their training.
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!
Educational and Research Consultant
Dr Mary Curtis PhD MSc BSc (Joint Honours) FHEA Cert. Ed MILT, was a registered nurse who spent many years in the NHS, private and not for profit sectors in the UK and abroad. A change of direction led to a career in higher education where she developed & honed research skills, whilst gaining extensive teaching experience as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Programme Manager and Programme Lead for Undergraduate and Post Graduate programmes in Health, Medicine, Psychology, Sociology, and Education Studies. She has been active in the design and planning of learning activities in both the macro sense of curriculum development and in the micro sense of immediate activities best suited to workforce demands, playing a pivotal role in the setting up of developments for sharing best practice, through workshops, collaborative projects, and staff development initiatives.
Five years as Head of Education and Training for adult hospices saw her design, market, and implement numerous programmes, seminars, workshops and conferences for the health and social care sector. She developed and taught courses in Evidence Based Practice, Work Based Learning, Counselling, Legal & Ethical Matters in Health & Social Care, Palliative Care, Therapeutic Communication, Death & Dying and Bereavement & Loss. Making a significant contribution to developing and teaching the palliative care curriculum at Peninsula Medical School, she co-designed a palliative care diploma & certificate with colleagues at St Margaret’s Hospice, Somerset, and helped design a health & social care foundation degree with colleagues at the University of Plymouth. Dr Curtis, who is adept at supporting APEL claims, spent ten years as Module Lead for Specialist Palliative Care and End of Life Care, acting as advisor to tutors, lecturers & students throughout the South West. Dr Curtis is passionate about developments that support and promote all members of a team regardless of role or setting, offering a range of education, research and training initiatives to support health and social care organisations and their employees. She writes on a range of health/ social care topics and is currently completing her second book based on some of her research.
“My research interests include: Legal & Ethical Matters in Health & Social Care, Medical Sociology, Arts and Humanities in Medicine, Palliative Care, Death & Dying, Bereavement & Loss, and The Culture and Changing Nature of Disability Service Provision”.
- Dr Curtis is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a professional member of the following:
- The Institute for Learning & Teaching
- National Association of Palliative Care Educators
- History of Medicine Society
- Cornwall Disability Research Network
- Cornwall Adult Social Care Learning Partnership
- British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD)
- The National Society for Epilepsy
- The International League Against Epilepsy UK Chapter (ILEA)
- ENSA (Epilepsy Nurses Association).
- The Infection Control Society
Functional Skills and Business Teacher