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).
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi – I’m Karen McGavin, a Registered Nurse and Managing Director of Twynham Training. Having been a Registered Nurse for 40 years, I have worked in a variety of sectors in the health and care industry. My later hospital experiences took me through the elderly care route, so no surprise when I eventually ended up managing 3 different care homes in the community over a 20 year period.
During these years in management, I became very aware of the importance of good and robust training for staff, especially care staff and Registered Nurses. Throughout my time as a registered manager I always used Twynham Training as my preferred training provider – ironic that I ended up purchasing the company in March 2019! Life has a way, sometimes, of bringing about changes that truly enhance it!
My vision and passion in care remains unchanged – the importance of good quality training, delivered by trainers who have knowledge and life experiences and have worked within the health and social care industry. Whilst I understand that the principle of training is that you have the skills to deliver any subject to any industry, I remain fast, in that life and on the job experience takes the level of training to a higher stand especially important in the care industry.
Twynham training has developed and changed over the last 18 months, and like every industry more recently, we have had to become inventive and show initiate in the way we deliver our training, encompassing the rules and government guidance during recent unprecedented changes to the way we work and live our lives. Twynham staff, and all our trainers have embraced those changes which has allowed us to continue to deliver high standards of training to local care providers, and to keep flying the flag!
In recent years I have at last learnt the importance of work/life balance – so my other passions are my husband, my family and close friends all of whom enrich our lives. Outside of work I enjoy watching cookery programmes and historical dramas, baking, gardening, and walking my lovely border collie around our beautiful south coast.