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.
David is our office manager. David comes to us from a major high street chain where he was an assistant manager.
David will be taking his health and social care qualifications with us and hopes to progress into care management in the next couple of years.
David likes motorbikes, gardening and is a dab hand at anything technical.
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 (which is due to grow by January 2019) and her husband serves for our Royal Navy.
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.
Tanita is a friendly and caring lady who has a young family of her own. Her husband serves for our Royal Naval so she gets to go to glamorous balls and events.
She is very popular with everyone and a great asset to our team.
One of Tanita's clients was very impressed with her climb up an outside stair case of 14 floors (she doesn't like elevators) and nominated her for the 'employee of the month' award.
Tanita's twin sister also works with us and encouraged Tanita to join us.
We cant imagine Tanita in any other career now.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah shared our 'Employee of the Month' award in June 2018 with Graham.
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
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 has an interest in mental health and we will be encouraging her and supporting her to develop her skills in this area.
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.
Leah joined us this year as an experienced support worker.
Leah will be mainly working with our clients in Saltash and Plymouth.
More to follow on Leah shortly.
Demi joined a little while ago and supports our clients in the Torpoint and Plymouth areas.
Demi has a great attitude and is already very popular with all of our clients.
Demi has a bright and sunny personality and nothing is too much trouble for her.
She is currently working on her Care Certificate with our trainer Vicky and then she will be embarking on her level 2 health and social care qualifications.
Demi is being sponsored by Tamar Care Services with her driving lessons this year as part of our Staff Development Fund.
Emilee is an experienced care and support worker who will mainly be assisting our clients in the Plymstock and central areas of Plymouth.
Emilee is currently completing her care certificate with us and working with our trainer to update her skills.
Emilee is also currently learning to drive and hopes to pass her test soon. Fingers crossed for that!
Christine came into this line of work from a very young age when she used to enjoy helping out at her local residential home as a child. Having experienced first hand what it means to care for loved ones who are poorly, Christine knew that a career in care was where she wanted to be, saying that her greatest satisfaction is knowing that she made a difference to that person's day.
We are really fortunate to have such an experienced and committed lady on our own team.
In her rare free time, Christine enjoys travelling to other cultures, a good meal out with friends and family and spending time with her beautiful grandchildren.
Reo is the latest addition to our team and is currently out and about with Ross, Graham and James meeting our male clients.
Reo has always wanted to work in health and social care and in his free time he has been obtaining the qualifications to do so. Reo is a conscientious and motivated person and is looking forward to meeting and supporting our Plymouth clients as well as training with us for his further qualifications.
Michael - more to follow soon on Michael who is the latest addition to our excellent 'man team' at Tamar Care Services.
Nicola - is a quiet, calm and practical lady that spent many years working in one of our local libraries before it closed and she sought a new direction in her life.
Nicola supports many of our clients in the Plymouth area and is currently working on her health and social care qualifications with our trainer, Vicky and our outside trainers.
Nicola enjoys nature and the outdoors and travelling the world to other cultures and has many an interesting a tale about the place that she has visited.
Jess - has recently joined our team and there will be more to follow soon on Jess' progress with us.
Angela will be working with our Torpoint team to get to know our clients in that area over the coming weeks.
Angela is not new to this line of work but is returning having raised her young family.
Jade joins us an apprentice in Health & Social care from GHQ training.
Jade will be working alongside our experienced supporters and our trainers to progress and develop her role.
She will be meeting some of our clients in the following weeks in between her many and varied training sessions.
Our Jen and her younger sister Ellie make the local news!
06-04-2018 Plymouth Herald reported on the 'small acts of kindness' that Jen and her sister were getting up to around the city.
It involved leaving little motivational and inspiring notes for strangers to read as they went about their day, such as "You look amazing" and "Don't ever apologise for who you are" - as Jen says, if it brightens up once persons day then its all worthwhile.
This could be you - loving your job as much as we all do! If you have the same passion and commitment to providing the very best quality of care, why not get in touch with us and see about joining our team?
We are always on the lookout for other like minded, professional and caring people. We can offer you an excellent rate of pay, continuous paid development and training, free uniform and DBS checks and the chance to work for a family owned and managed company that really does appreciate and care about you!
Jim can often be found under the desk at our offices - usually with a good supply of bones, blankets and chewed up toys.
Jim is 17years young and enjoys the warmth of a warm office and prefers a little lunch from the local bakery (although he usually gets dog biscuits!).
At the weekends he can be found on Portwinkle beach - gathering wood for the fire or chasing the seagulls.