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Laura Foster

My name is Laura Foster, I am a trainee trainer here at Twynham Training. I have worked in the care sector for around 15 years. The vast majority of my training was completed whilst working for Lancashire County Council at a home for people living with dementia.

I have branched out into other types of care such as rehabilitation, young adults with additional needs, nursing and domiciliary care, but my heart lies with caring for those who have dementia and or mental health issues.

I believe that great training results in better care. I focus my training on ensuring I deliver interactive activities and discussions with opportunities for carers to share their experiences. I am confident the more involved people are whilst in a learning environment and the more they can relate the training to their own workplace, the more they will take away what they have learned and put it in to practice.

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Sue Haddow

I have been a registered nurse for 37 years. I am now semi-retired from clinical practice, but still work on the NHS nursing bank for a Community Trust’s Specialist Leg Ulcer Service.

I have been working as an independent trainer for nearly 18 months and completed my Award in Education and Training at the end of last year. I enjoy training on a wide range of clinical topics including those in all aspects of Palliative and End of life Care, Continence and Wound Care.

In the past I worked from 2001-2004 for Bournemouth University as one of their Practice Educators. This role involved supporting pre-registration nurse training. I was a District Nurse for over 20 years and as part of this role, involved educating patients, their relatives and their carers, mainly on a one to one basis. My last full-time position was as a Sister for a Charitable Hospice. The Hospice offered an Educational programme to local Community and Care Home Staff and I took an active role with the teaching of this, both in the classroom and in practice.

I am married with three grown up children and a dog. I have a passion for all forms of dance and regularly take part in dance classes (via Zoom during this crisis).

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Liam McMahon

I’ve been a qualified trainer since 2007. I have worked in care and support for over 25 years, playing every role from support worker to registered manager.

I deliver all mandatory training, but I specialise in courses designed for those who support people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and Challenging Behaviour.

I teach Positive Behaviour Support (including Breakaway), Total Communication, Autism Practice, and Learning Disability Awareness.

My practice is based on developing relationships and improving communication between people who support and people who receive support.

I believe we learn best when we’re enjoying ourselves, so my training is interactive and fun.

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Lisa Owen

I have over 30 years experience of working in the health and social care sector in a variety of roles: Carer, Service Co-ordinator & Registered Manager for a Community Care Service which delivered care and support to both elderly service users and young adults with learning disabilities for 13 of those years. Lisa has used her hands on expirence in all aspects of Health & Social Care in her role as a freelance Trainer for the last 10 years specailising in developing and delivering training to the highest level to ensure all legal and regulatory compliance requirements for Care Providers.

I strive to maintain her training expertise with a focus on the current issues in the health and social care sector working closely with CQC, Dept of Health & Social Care, Skills for Care , UKHCA and PHE to ensure she is up to date with ever changing guidelines.

I can deliver a wide range of subjects including Care Certificate, Dementia,Diabetes, Dignity in Care, End of Life Care, Emergency Aid, Infection Control including Covid-19, Medication, Mental Capacity, Moving and Handling, Safeguarding and other condition specific topics .

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Steve Kennedy

Hi, I’m Steve Kennedy. My wife Carol and I are co-directors of an independent training company. And I am proud to say regularly subcontract as trainers to Twynham Training.

My background is in all aspects of health and safety, including, fire and First Aid. I attended Brockenhurst College eight years ago, to attain my teacher trainer qualifications. I have since attended several Certificated Train the Trainer courses, to broaden the subjects I train.

I thoroughly enjoy my job as a trainer and strongly believe that the process of learning should be a pleasurable experience. I have recognised over the years that many people have more knowledge of a subject, then they first believed, and very often it just needs a little encouragement to bring it out.

I am very excited at the prospect of working closely with the team at Twynham Training and look forward with anticipation at the rebranding of the company.

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Carol Kennedy

HI, my name is Carol Kennedy, I have worked in health and social care for over 40 years. I am a registered nurse and a professional health and social care trainer.
I was one of the first NVQ Assessors when it first started, and this was what got me so passionate about being a trainer. I have worked in all settings including hospitals, care homes, nursing homes, day centres with a special interest in Learning Disabilities and Mental Health.

I enjoy all the subjects which I train however my speciality is clinical nurse skills and learning disabilities. I believe that with the knowledge and skills I have learnt over the years this enables me to put into practice when I am teaching a more bespoke personalised training session. I believe that putting practical sessions and workshops into my training promotes a more professional learning environment.

I first started working with Twynham Training over 7 years ago as a subcontractor, however I took a break and went back into nursing for a while, to me this made an impact on updating my own clinical skills to enable to put them into my training programmes.

I am very excited about having returned to Twynham Training and am looking forward to the way ahead with the new launch and working with such an exciting new team.

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Jane Taylor

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.

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Paula Watts

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.

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Jordan Lily

My name is Jordan and I have worked for Twynham since 2013. When I first joined Twynham I did a 2 year long apprenticeship and now work here as an Office Administrator full time.

I thoroughly enjoy what I do and feel like I have gained so much experience and knowledge in my 7 years of working at Twynham. My confidence has grown so much over the years and with the support I have around me from Karen, my director an my fellow colleagues I believe my abilities, skills and confidence will continue to go from strength to strength.
I thrive myself on helping other people and always do my best to meet people’s needs and deliver excellent customer service. I also believe in being a team player and will always help and support my colleagues were and when I can.

I am really grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me over the years at Twynham.

Away from work, life is pretty hectic. I spend most of my time with my 2 year old son. But when I do get to relax I enjoy all aspects of football and playing video games.

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Daniel Stallworthy

I have worked at Twynham as an administrator since 2014 and I am always willing to help with any queries you may have, whether it be booking training or advising you on which courses may be suitable for your needs, as well as contributing to the administration duties that are required for smooth day-to-day running of the office.

Throughout the years I have worked here I have gained a lot of knowledge with help from the director Karen and the fantastic trainers that we have here, including my grandparents Carol & Steve Kennedy.

When I am not at work I spend most of my free time with my 2 beautiful daughters, I also thoroughly enjoy football and martial arts as well as socialising with my friends and family.

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