Launch your Healthcare Career

Dynamo Healthcare Training Academy (DHTA) is a specialist provider dedicated to supporting young people to commence careers in healthcare, through excellent employer partnerships and focused training and development to meet specific roles.

Meet The Team


Gail Irvine

Gail Irvine


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 a mum of two teenagers and love to design and create dresses and fabric.

Debbie Leahey

Debbie Leahey

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.

Jenny James

Jenny James

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.

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