Rosemary started her career in health & social care at 18 when she was appointed as an Assistant Home Help Organiser in the East End of London. Rosemary then worked at Mayday Hospital for 10 years before joining East Sussex County Council as a Home Help Organiser and subsequently Community Service Manager.
In 1998 Rosemary took early retirement from what was then Brighton & Hove unitary authority and bought a care home in Horsham. As a result of what Rosemary perceived as a lack of understanding and support for the independent care sector she negotiated the implementation of what proved to be the highly successful Care Training Consortium. Rosemary was a founder member of West Sussex Forum.
Links to other organisations: Due to her passion not only to improve the quality of care for people receiving services but to highlight the very real issues facing the care sector with the statutory authorities Rosemary is;
- Chair, West Sussex Partners in Care (WSPiC)
- Chair, WSPiC Training Sub Group
- Member, West Sussex Adult Safeguarding Board
- Member, Health Education. Kent, Surrey & Sussex (Sussex)
- Member, Sussex Dementia Network
- Chair, Skills for Care Sussex Network Group
Special interests: Dementia (with specific regard to person centred care); End of Life Care; Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Tom worked as a hospital doctor for 10 years before taking the opportunity to buy Sussex Grange Care Home in 2003. Tom now works full-time as the proprietor of the care home and the associated domiciliary care agency which he set up in 2008.
As a provider of both residential and domiciliary care Tom has a valuable insight into the different needs and demands affecting each sector.
In addition to being a co-opted board member, Tom is also Deputy Chair of the West Sussex Partners in Care Training Sub-group and a member of the West Sussex Partners in Care Domiciliary Care Strategy that liaises with West Sussex County Council on behalf of the sector.
Martin has worked at Aldingbourne Trust since 2010. Having worked previously as National Training Manager at Signet UK, he is the Trust’s Head of Human Resources.
The Aldingbourne Trust is an enterprising and award winning charity that enables people with learning disabilities to live independently and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Aldingbourne Trust is serious about social enterprise because it provides new opportunities for learning, being part of and supporting local communities and reduces reliance on government funding.
Working with partners in the care sector including the Charity Learning Consortium and West Sussex County Council’s Learning and Development Team, Martin has enabled the trust to win awards for it’s learning and development provision and attain the prestigious Investors in People Gold Standard.
Martin has recently completed a Masters Degree in HR Management specialising in Care Sector recruitment to further his ability to deliver best practice workforce development.
Special Interests: Learning disability, learning and development, workforce development and technology.
Tim joined the care sector in 2010 via the acquisition of the Carewatch franchise from his father. Tim has played an active role in West Sussex Forum since 2011 and sits on the Domiciliary Care Strategy Board with West Sussex County Council.
Tim's background is in media and technology and has worked on telecare products and home monitoring systems designed for home care. Tim has also managed the studio builds for YouTube and Google in London and Europe.
Tim believes there is a need for technology in the care sector to assist both the workforce and the customers they serve. By combining a desire to work in the care sector with his experience in technology Tim enjoys the best of both worlds and hopes in the process to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
Special interests: Technology; domiciliary care.
Lou is Managing Director of Melrose Care Ltd – a 26 bedded nursing home and domiciliary care agency in Worthing. Lou bought Melrose nearly 10 years ago, when BUPA sold out its hospitals to a VCT. It has grown in capacity and reputation over the years; was the only nursing home in the area to be awarded the top three star rating by CQC and has gained accreditation to Beacon Status in the Gold Standards Framework for end of life care.
Previously Lou was part of a task force seconded in to ‘turn around’ a failing Hospital trust on the South Coast, after which she joined BUPA as general manager of a private hospital in Surrey; taking on full p&l and governance responsibilities for the hospital which had an £10 million annual turnover.
Lou is passionate about creating a community, which gives meaning and purpose to the elderly clients who live there.