Meet the team
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My journey with Bluebird Care started when my Father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I was working as a Senior Social worker for Essex County Council and thought it would be a simple task to find a quality care company to support both my father and mother at our family home in Tendring. Unfortunately, this was not the case and proved to be a very difficult task.
During my search for a company that cared for its customers and shared my values I found Bluebird Care, however its services were not provided in the Tendring area. My experience and difficulty with finding the right provider made me realise how significantly I wanted to make a positive difference in the community to help and support people in their own homes and deliver the quality of care they deserve.
In March 2010 Bluebird Care Colchester & Tendring first opened its offices in Wivenhoe providing care across the Tendring and Colchester areas. Since 2010 the company has grown vastly and is continuing to do so, now providing care throughout North East Essex. We are committed to our customers and our staff, many of which have been with us from the beginning.
“Would this be what I would want for my family?” This question is something that is imbedded in our team’s values and drives them to provide the best possible care to our customers. Our mission statement since the first day has been “we aim to set standards of excellence and innovation for the care we provide our customers and for the training and support we give to our staff” and this still remains at the heart of the business.
If you would like to speak to me about home care please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Registered Operations Manager
I have 20 years experience in the Health and Social Care Sector - although I have known the industry from a young age. My mother introduced me to the Care industry and I grew up around the sector.
Prior to coming to Bluebird Care, I built my career by becoming an Office Manager for a different Care provider and within this role I supported the day to day management of the business. In 2010 I then progressed to become a Care Manager.
I have worked at Bluebird Care since its Tendring offices opened as the registered Care Manager. I am now the registered Care Manager for both the Colchester and Tendring, and Braintree and Uttlesford offices and has completed my Level 4 Diploma in Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care.
In 2020 I became our Registered Operations Manager and will be working towards an Operations Departmental Manager qualification.
Clinical Lead Nurse
I qualified as an Adult Nurse in 1984, and Paediatric Nurse in 1986. Later in my career I completed an additional course in 1991 in Intensive Care Nursing of Children. Since qualifying in 1984 I have worked in Great Ormond Street Hospital, and various children’s hospitals across the country, as well as adult intensive care units, child intensive care units, and A&E departments in fast paced hospitals, and on specialist wards such as the coronary care wards, and spinal surgery wards.
The highlight of my Nursing Career before moving to the private sector was the year, I spent in Australia working in Adult and Children Intensive Care Units. One of the best things about working as a Nurse is the ability to travel and help people all over the world, and experience different medical techniques and standards in different areas of the world.
In 2014 I left NHS nursing for the private sector and joined Bluebird Care in 2017 as the Clinical Lead. The 35+ years in Nursing across various specialities enables me to provide specialist and on-going training to our Care team in Clinical activities, and work alongside the Supervisors to support Customers with complex care needs to stay within their home.
I have three children, my youngest is training to be a doctor and my two daughters also work at Bluebird Care in different roles. It’s been lovely to watch them grow into kind and compassionate people that have the same passion for high quality Care that I have.
Community Psychiatric Nurse
I qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse over 20 years ago and have a range of experience working within the NHS in various psychiatric Care Settings including secure units in hospitals. Prior to joining Bluebird Care, I worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse as part of the NHS team.
I transferred to the private Sector and joined Bluebird Care in April 2019. As part of my current role, I help new customers learn more about Bluebird Care and the type of Care and support we can provide for their mental health needs, and support the Supervisors in building a bespoke Care Plan to match the customers’ needs, lifestyle and ultimately help them remain independent within their own home. As part of this, I provide bespoke training to staff to educate them on mental health needs as well as to structure support for staff to help build their internal resilience and understand how to improve their own mental wellbeing.
Training and Development Manager
I started my career in Care just over 18 years ago as a Care Assistant in a residential home; I was introduced to Care when I had my first baby, and was looking for a flexible role that could make a difference but also fit around my new family life. Members of my family already worked in Care, so I knew that it was something I wanted to try.
20 years later and I love the difference that you can make to people's live in the community. I am thankful for the qualifications and knowledge I have gained over the past 18 years' in different care settings, and I'm pleased to be able to pass on that knowledge and support our Care team to be the best they can be for our customers in the community.
I have two children of my own, and my youngest is so proud of what we do and the difference that we make, that she hopes to grow up one day to be a Care Assistant herself. I love how much the Care team and my own career has inspired her, and I hope to inspire more people to get involved in the Care industry; there really is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you're helping someone, and knowing because of you they can remain independent in their own home in the community.
With my current role, I support the Care team to continue reaching and exceeding the high standards of Care we provide at Bluebird Care. I create meaningful and educational training content to inform and support the Care team's understanding of their roles, and equip them with the tools they need to be prepared for any situation that they could face in the community.
I graduated university in 2016 with a degree in Business Management and joined Bluebird Care in 2018 after a short stint in the financial industry. At University I studied HR and completed a placement at a prestigious FMCC company within their Graduate Recruitment and HR department.
I am now the Recruitment Manager and a trained Care Assistant at Bluebird Care. My focus is to support the team in resourcing and matching high quality, compassionate and talented Care Assistants with our growing customer base, by tailoring a bespoke recruitment process to meet the specific needs to each customer. My Care Assistant training allows me to understand the specific nature of the role and how to deliver practical and quality Care Assistants where the business needs them most.
As well as providing quality Candidates to the business, I am also responsible for the Retention and Marketing at a branch level, which includes the content creation for the branch Instagram (dedicated to the lovely Bertie, our Office dog) and our other Social Media pages. We have a great relationship with local businesses and often run collaborations and outreach marketing in the local news and I am predominantly responsible for these relationships alongside our Dementia Champion Rob, who also works alongside and educates local businesses.
I feel very fortunate to have found such a positive and supportive team to start my career, and I have been even luckier to find the Care sector so early on in my career. Care is like no other industry I have experienced, and the support, passion and commitment to provide a high-quality service is very close to the hearts of everyone who works at Bluebird Care.
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