Meet the team
Bluebird Care Medway is owned and managed by the Director Charmaine Grech.
I finished my training as an Occupational Therapist in 1993. I was awarded a scholarship in 1996 by the British Association of Occupational Therapists and continued to pursue my studies to obtain a Bachelor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy by 1998. I have since had varied experience in the field of physical and mental disability, both in the UK and overseas. My experience in rehabilitation is vast to include trauma and orthopedics, neurology (such as stroke rehabilitation), paediatrics, general medicine and surgery, spinal injuries and terminal care. Throughout my career I have consistently updated my skills in my key clinical areas in order to maintain my continuous professional development. Later on in my career I decided to branch off in medico legal consultancy and I became an expert witness where I prepare reports that analyse and quantify past, present and future care for complex care cases. I have undergone formal training as an expert witness and provide expert evidence for the court. Throughout my career I worked in various healthcare settings, NHS and independent. I have always aspired to run my own domiciliary care agency to be able to bring together my experience and passion in care of the elderly. Bluebird Care provides high quality care at home and I am very privileged to be part of the network. I conquer with their principle of “Good old fashioned service” and I will ensure to continue to provide this high quality care to all our customers. I like to think of our customers as my very own parents or relatives. Only this way can I provide uncompromised, best quality care.”
Head of Care and Support
Lorraine joined Bluebird Care Medway in June 2012 as a Community Care Worker and progressed through the company’s career pathway to become a Care Mentor. She then gained promotion in 2015 to Care Supervisor and is currently responsible for all aspects of care concerning our customers.
Lorraine studied for her role as Care Worker up to NVQ level and gained experience in child protection and Health & Social Care.
Lorraine’s career base has always been in company business and management, giving her a wealth of knowledge and relative skills to carry out her scope of duties and responsibilities within her role as Care Supervisor.
Lorraine received an award for long service at our awards night in November 2018.
Congratulations to Lorraine who, as of 5th February 2017, has been promoted to Deputy Head of Care and Support and further congratulations to Lorraine from May 2019 when she was promoted again to Head of Care and Support.
PA to the Director
Gayle joined Bluebird Care (Medway) in July 2018 as Office Administrator. Previously she had been a School Office Manager for 24 years.
In October 2018, having successfully passed her three month probation, Gayle was promoted to the position of PA to the Director, a job that she has really settled into.
As part of her new job, Gayle is totally responsible for the Bluebird Care Beating Isolation Group that meets on the last Friday of every month in a local pub over a meal and a drink. This group has grown so much in size that Gayle is now introducing Day Trips as well, not just for the Beating Isolation Group, but also for our customers. Gayle also enjoys being first point of contact for all New Care Enquiries for Bluebird Care (Medway) and is now really getting involved in the marketing of Bluebird Care.
In her spare time, Gayle really enjoys cooking, entertaining, travelling, being with her grandchildren and doing lots of shopping! She is also a member of the West End Wednesdays Choir.
Ozgur graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012 having gained a Bachelor of Science degree and combined honour in Business Studies and Human Resources Management
She joined Bluebird Care (Medway) in August 2014 after gaining experience in private property management with a finance company.
Ozgur quickly progressed within Bluebird Care and was soon promoted to Financial Controller. She also gained the prestigious award of Employee of the year in 2015. She is very passionate about her role and having directed her own business previously she understands the complexities and problems involved. She prides herself in having the ability to perceive situations from both employee and employer perspectives.
Catherine actually started working for Bluebird Care (Medway) as a Care Assistant in 2014. Last year in February 2018, she was promoted to be Care Co-ordinator, although she still enjoys being a Carer whenever she is needed.
She recently organised a Dementia Friendly Musical Evening for Bluebird Care (Medway and Swale) and raised over £900 for the Alzheimer's Association.
She is the very proud mother of six year old Daisy and together they are are part of the The West End Wednesdays Singers and the Three Towns Theatre Company.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, visiting the theatre and shopping!
Michael is part of the team leading our recruitment process for new Care Assistants. He has a wide range of experience, having held previous appointments at Board and Managing Director level in the leisure sector, for rehabilitation and philanthropic interests.
He holds qualifications at distinction level in Commercial Management and Office Administration and, in addition to his work within the private sector, he has worked for a number of years at Senior appointments within the Civil Service.
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