Meet the 'Tamar Care Services' Team
Owner & Registered Manager: Kerry Fearnley Bsc DipSocSci RMA
I have worked in the health and social care sector in Plymouth for a number of years now within residential and domiciliary care for both private companies and national ones. Prior to this, I worked for social services in Dorset as part of their community mental health team.
I have always believed that quality care should be something that is available to everyone and in order to really achieve that, I realised that I needed to own and manage my own company.
Along with many years experience of managing other care companies, I also have my RMA (registered manager's award) for care services. I am also an avid supporter of lifelong learning. I believe that you should never stop learning and have myself been a member of the Open University since my youth! I am currently studying towards my MSc in Psychology, but as this is in my 'free time' it is a slow process!
I support all of the team here to be the best that they can be - all of us are qualified first aiders, dignity champions, dementia friends and champions and all of us enjoy learning new skills and improving on existing ones.
I myself hold a special interest in elderly care, especially dementia and diabetes care. I am a 'dementia friend' and a 'dementia champion' and I and my family get involved in local support groups that aim to raise awareness and give support to those with, and those caring for someone with dementia.
As well as being invited to judge for 'The Great British Care Awards' 2013, I am also extremely proud to be a member of the national & locally run My Home Life group, having successfully completed their 18 month management and leadership course that promotes quality of care for all those that live and work within the care sector.
I was also part of the initial steering group for 'Healthwatch Plymouth', participated in our local NHS inititive for improving patient discharges from hospital and also have been asked to speak at local and national care events about what quality care really looks like.
Tamar Care Services has also received an award as 'Best Home Care Company in SW England' through GHP healthcare's annual awards - this was through private nominations received so we are all extremely proud to have received this.
Along the way, I have had the pleasure to work with some pretty wonderful people that also shared the same belief in what quality care really is all about, and so along with my own family, we started Tamar Care Services.
The office team at Tamar Care Services, Kerry and Nicky, all hold their registered managers award for care services and have vast experience of managing other care services.
Tamar Care Services is rated as GOOD in all areas by the Care Quality Commission (June 2017)
Chris, Kerry's eldest son, achieved a 1st class honours degree in Chemistry before choosing to work in IT for the Royal Air Force for six years. He achieved promotion to the rank of Corporal and served abroad as well as at home, but chose to leave in November 2013 in order to pursue his life-long dream of travelling around Europe, taking in historical sights such as The Colloseum in Rome, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and The Berlin Wall. Having returned to the UK, Chris is now providing IT and website design support to Tamar Care Services.
Chris' biggest passion in life is skiing in the French Alps. He also enjoys the Formula 1 motor racing and playing cricket for his local village team on a Sunday afternoon. Chris is a keen Plymouth Argyle FC supporter and can often be found cheering the team on.
Sharon, Chris' wife, holds a NEBOSH diploma in Health & Safety, the industry gold standard, and has been working in various H&S positions since the age of 16. She has risen through the ranks, gaining regular promotions, as a result of her passion and success for ensuring people remain safe. Sharon now provides H&S consultancy to Tamar Care Services.
Sharon is a keen snowboarder and enjoys watching the Formula 1 motor racing. She also adores walking in the Peak District and has a passion for caring for cats and donkeys that have been rescued. Sharon can also be found working on the family farm and teaching Chris about the animals.
Nicky has recently joined our office team and will be supporting Kerry in her management role. Nicky has worked as a support worker for many years before progressing to supervisor, team leader, deputy manager and eventually managing a care service herself.
Kerry and Nicky have worked together before at another local company so we are familiar with her skills and expertise as well as her strong motivation to improve on all care within our community.
Nicky is a very calm and unflappable person that is sure to be an asset to our growing team. Her vast knowledge and experience will stand her in good stead for our office and we are all looking forward to working with her to continually improve on our service.
When Carmen is not in the office with us, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, volunteers at a local charity shop, works with the girls & boys brigade and enjoys watching 'Game of Thrones' and 'Poldark'.
Diane has worked in residential and home care settings with Kerry in their 'previous lives' and when Kerry started her own company Diane was one of the first people that Kerry approached to join her. Diane is a caring and compassionate lady that always goes 'the extra mile' for all of her clients. She is warm and friendly and experienced in all aspects of caring and supporting others to live their lives to the fullest.
Diane is currently training in 'End of Life' care and has recently completed her Mental Health training with Plymouth MIND.
Diane has worked within health & social care for many years and we are very pleased to have her on our team.
Sue is planning on starting a 'luncheon club' for some of our clients and meeting up regularly to sample the food at some local establishments.
Tara is a practical and caring lady who originally trained to work with children before deciding that elderly care was where she really wanted to be.
Tara has a young family of her own and her husband serves for our Royal Navy.
Tara and Sharon will be working closely together to gain her Care Certificate over the coming weeks as well as meeting our clients and undertaking her Tamar Care Services training. Tara is always on the go and never stays still for a minute! We are not sure where she gets her energy from but we'd all like some of it.
Tara is currently studying for her QCF level 2 with us and her twin sister, Tanita is also joining our team in January 2018
Tanita is working alongside our trainer and supervisors to prepare for her role as a community care and support worker with us. Tanita is a friendly and caring lady who has a young family of her own .
She is looking forward to meeting everyone and is sure to be an asset to our team.
Tanita's twin sister also works with us and encouraged Tanita to join us.
More to follow on Tanita's progress shortly.
Jess lives and works around the Saltash area. She supports many of our clients with their day to day needs and wishes and assists them to live their lives as they choose. Jess is a calm and patient lady who has a young family of her own and is looking forward to obtaining more formal qualifications with us. October 2017 - Jess completed her Care Certificate and will shortly be embarking on her QCF level 2 with us.
Rebecca, affectionately known to all as 'Becks' has been with us for some time now and supports our clients over in Torpoint and along the beautiful Rame coastline.
Becks has just started her health and social care qualifications with us and her enthusiasm and commitment to her clients has already won her our 'Employee of the Month' in January 2018.
We have yet to meet a client that hasn't instantly warmed to Becks.
Becks has just started her level 2 QCF with us.
Vicky lives in Torpoint and largely supports our clients in the Torpoint and Rame areas.
She is an experienced care and support worker and enjoys everything that she does, giving 100% to whatever she puts her mind to.
Vicky has her level 5 management qualifications and is also about to undertake her PTLLS training qualifications with us so as she can pass along her knowledge to our team.
She enjoys the variety of the work and already has a strong client base that only want Vicky's company.
Vicky is a hugely conscientious person with excellent practical skills.
Jason is undergoing more formal qualifications and his supervisors training with us.
Jason recently made one of our clients very happy by finding information on our client's father and the ship that he had been stationed on during WW2. It had been assumed that his father had died when the ship had been sunk, but Jason found details of the war grave in the UK.
It is to our benefit that she has returned.
Sam has many years experience and many qualifications in health and social care, including her NVQ level 2, and we will be working with her to update and refresh her skills. Sam is a confident and outgoing lady and is enjoying getting to know our team and our clients.
Sam will be supporting our clients in all areas of Plymouth and SE Cornwall.
He keeps fit by cycling everywhere (except on wet days when he uses the bus!). James is supporting some of our gentlemen with memory work, activities, outings and various other social activities.
James has a very calm and relaxed manner and is very popular amongst our clients.
Julie joined us in 2017 and then circumstances took her away briefly, but now she's back with us.
Julie has previously worked in other client based roles before wanting to do something "more rewarding where no two days are the same".
Julie lives in Plymouth and supports our clients in both Plymouth and Saltash.
Glad to have you back Julie!
Carrie had been working for another local company for a number of years and lives in SE Cornwall. Carrie already holds her Health & Social Care Level 2 and wishes to progress to her level 3 shortly.
Carrie has a young family herself and so enjoys the flexibility that our work offers .
Carrie is already proving very popular amongst our clients for her experience, compassion and caring nature.
Mary has been with for a while now and supports our clients in Saltash and Callington.
Mary is a bubbly and lively lady that has a special interest in mental health and supporting people to fulfil their potential no matter what the barriers.
Mary has a really positive attitude to everything and is very popular with her clients. One day she may be supporting a client to go shopping or to attend medical appointments and the next she is helping them paint their living room!
Mary received our 'Employee of the Month' award for April 2018 for the care and attention she showed towards a client and their family during end of life care.
Sarah joined us very recently in March 2018 and is a very experienced support worker.
Sarah will be working alongside our team and meeting our clients over the next few weeks as well as updating her already vast skills.
Sarah is a very good cook and enjoys cooking, being with her family and her pet Chihuahua (that has his own rain mac!).
Sarah likes to help people to live their lives as independently as possible.
Yasmin joined us just after Christmas 2017 and is a favourite amongst our clients.
She has a huge range of skills and experience and is a naturally caring lady.
Yasmin is currently updating some of her skills with us and is also on a personal mission to pass her driving test which will help her no end with her young family.
Sam shared our Employee of the Month award with Sam in March 2018
Sam has just joined our team in March 2018.
Sam is a warm and friendly lady who by her own admission 'is always smiling and laughing'.
Sam enjoys helping people which is why she originally chose this line of work.
Sam has a young family and is often out and about in the countryside or on the beach with her dog.
Look out for Sam in the next few weeks as she gets to know everyone as I am sure that her vivacious personality will be popular.
Jennifer joined us a few months back as she wanted a career that would make use of her people skills and enable her to help others on a daily basis.
Jennifer is always happy and has a huge heart - she loves the fact that on a daily basis she can make others smile and know that she is making a positive difference to their lives.
Jennifer and her younger sister are often working on ways to make people happy and were recently featured in our own Plymouth Herald for handing out little notes of inspiration to members of the local community.
You can read the full story here:
Anneliese is a currently in her fourth year as a medical student and wanted to gain some 'hands on, practical' experience to stand her in good stead for when she has her own patients, in the not too distant future.
Anneliese will be mainly supporting our clients on the other side of the Tamar in and around Saltash.
Anneliese has far too many qualifications to list here and when she is not studying she enjoys sailing.
Samantha joined us after taking some time out to travel the world and to help with some overseas charity work.
Having worked for a major telecommunications company for 13 years, she decided that she needed to do something a little more rewarding.
Samantha's mum works for us also and we will let you figure that one out.
Samantha is currently meeting some of our clients and undertaking her training.
Ebonie is also one of our 'Tamar Angels' - she has a great work ethic like all of our team and enjoys being out and about meeting people. Ebonie supports our clients mainly in Torpoint and Plymouth and is currently updating and learning new skills with us.
She is working with Vicky and our excellent team of trainers to increase her skills.
More to follow on Ebonies' progress with us shortly.