Trained as a Nurse with particular interest in Surgical, Medical, and Orthopaedic Care.
I have worked in various posts within the NHS as well as being the Registered Manager of Nursing Homes and Care Homes for over 25 years. I have also worked in the Voluntary Sector working with an organisation that offered support for Carers.
I am a qualified Counsellor.
I have been a Trainer for three years which I love. I really enjoy sharing my experiences with a wealth of people from Nurses , Senior Carers and Care Staff. I enjoy all aspects of Training and its very clear that we all learn every day from each other. Training is a very dynamic and exciting environment.
I have a large extended family that it includes nine grandchildren , who are a total joy. I love to travel, explore, walk, theatre, garden, cook and be with family and friends.
I am Paula Watts. I originally come from Lancashire in the north of England. I moved to Dorset 5 years ago. I am married to Trev and he was the reason I moved south. I am mum to 2 sons and a daughter who have in turn presented me with 7 beautiful grandchildren, 3 in the UK and 4 in Australia. Now long haul travel is on my to do/must do list.
Despite leaving school and qualifying as a chef I accidently ended up working with people. I have over 33 years’ experience in care work involving the care and support of both children and adults. Training has always been a passion of mine and I consider every day to be a school day. I have experience in primary and secondary schools which is where I started as a classroom assistant. With the support and encouragement of a fantastic head teacher. I entered further education at the age of 34 and continued studying until I had gained my post graduate qualification. I did my studies while working full time and raising my three children. During my studies I worked in children’s homes, for Barnardo’s, in adult support services for mental health, learning disability and profound physical disabilities. I also had people with autism stay in my home to give families respite.
I was initially teaching in Early Years and then Health and Social Care in further and higher education at Bolton College, Preston College and the Universities of Central Lancashire and Bradford. I continued to do care work alongside my teaching career so that I could keep abreast of current practice in the everchanging world of care.
On migrating south I was fortunate enough to walk into Twynham Training where they were looking for a trainer. I started working for them and have travelled the length and breadth of the south of England training in a variety of settings despite there being only a 100 yards of motorway down here!
I have always strived to get the best from my students/trainees and make them the best they could possibly be in what is the most highly skilled industry, not only in terms of the practicalities but in humanistic terms. It is a challenging industry that still has a long way to go and which I hope to be a part of in the way I train care staff. I get frustrated the only news that is highlighted is poor care when so many turn up and do a fantastic job. I try to inject my northern humour into my training so people remember what they learned and they enjoyed learning.
Out of work I am a keen gardener, paint watercolours, enjoy sea fishing with hubby and love DIY/upcycling projects.