Developing people, creating a fun and informal learning environment are my passions.
I work as an independent trainer delivering and designing training to meet the needs of people and services.
I also design bespoke training to include ways of working, policies and procedures.
Qualifying as a learning disability nurse (RNLD) in 1993, I went straight into a Deputy Managers Role running the day to day operations of a busy Learning Disability Community service, moving into a Registered Managers Role. At the time, I was Milbury Care services, youngest Registered Manager at the age of 24 yrs. I then went onto manage a variety of residential services and day services across Berkshire.
In the early days, I delivered induction training at a Regional level. I also mentored and delivered training on a St Andrews University programme – Approaches for People with Challenging Behaviour.
In my very early days, prior to commencing my three + year training as a Learning Disability Nurse, I completed a Business Studies Course at Buckinghamshire College. Next, I moved on to Amersham College and completed a two year City and Guilds course ‘Family and Community Care’; this two year programme also included working in a diverse range of work placements. From here, I went on to work as a Care Assistant at the National Society for Epilepsy working in elderly residential settings. My last role before commencing nurse training was working for Bucks Health Authority as Care Assistant supporting people with learning disabilities in a variety of residential settings.
From 1997, I also worked as an assessor to NVQ/QCF learners, since 2003 also Internally Quality Assured Health and Social Care and Management programmes. I hold a D32/33 & D34 qualification alongside A1 and V1 qualifications (Assessment and Verification).
In the late 90’s I moved to an Area Operations Managers Role for a company supporting people with Autism. This was a very busy role supporting and overseeing the growth of services. Managing and supporting development of Registered Managers. Within this role, I formed part of a team who hosted a House of Lords event to raise the profile of the organisation.
In later years, I worked as a Lecturer in Further/Higher Education establishments West Oxon District Council, TVU –Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and Faculty of Professional Studies.
These roles included, assessment and verification and delivering training at Level 3 to Level 5 for Health and Social Care QCF/ NVQs , also delivering Management training Level 3 to Level 5.
I also briefly returned to clinical practice in 2011, – CTPLD for 14 months as a Community Learning Disability Nurse. I made this decision to get back up to speed with the changes around Safeguarding, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.My learning disability client base in this role took a mainly yet not exclusively Diabetes and Epilepsy focus.
After my brief re-visit to Learning Disability Nursing, I decided to return to the Education sector and took the role of Training and Development Lead at Dynamic Training which entailed: Managing, planning, designing and delivering training for a variety of services. This role also required coordination of teaching and learning processes, standardisation and developing policy in line with Quality Assurance and Ofsted requirements and supporting the learning and development of Dynamic’s workforce. Developing new business and maintaining client engagement. Liaison with Finance Director.
From Dynamic, I moved to Lifetime Training in April 2015. I joined the Commercial Team to develop Health and Social Care programmes to add to the Commercial Team’s offer. I then moved to the curriculum team, to join colleagues to enable collaborative working as the organisation and team develops standardised processes and systems.
I returned to Dynamic as Curriculum Manager in September 2016, this role entailed responsibility for developing a culture of support, stability and learning in shaping a dynamic and successful standardised provision to ensure the curriculum across the organisation was high quality, cost effective and efficient and compliant. The details of the role included: delivering, designing and standardising ways of working for curriculum across the organisation, including The Assistant Practitioner Programme and The Bridging Programme. Also, developing blended learning packages for online delivery. Supporting the team with OTLA and Safeguarding processes.
I am currently studying for a Masters in Education (Autism Adults) – distance learning at the University of Birmingham
I have years of knowledge and experience in supporting and working with organisations to develop training and curriculum to fulfill staff development needs, while aligning this training with national and local compliance requirements.
I am an experienced and qualified trainer and able to deliver, design and advise on your training requirements as needed, give me a call or email me via the ‘contact me ‘ page to get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you.