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Meet the team
I joined the Swanton family in July this year as Interim Chief Executive Officer until the permanent appointed person starts at the beginning of November. Following this interim role I will join the Board for Swanton as a Non-Executive Director. I embraced the opportunity of this interim position as it will assist me greatly when sitting on the Board as I will have knowledge of the services and supporting teams which will enable me to make a greater contribution to the success of the organisation.
I have worked in Health & Social Care for over 30 years with the last 20 being in senior management positions culminating in me being Chief Executive Office of two organisations which spanned 10 years.
I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of the people that Swanton support and my focus will be on ensuring that everyone has a say in how their service is delivered and that we aspire for the best outcomes for everyone.
I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit more about my background. I feel very privileged to be your Chief Exec. Prior to moving to the healthcare sector I worked in and managed prisons and immigration centres for many years. I moved across into secure mental health within the Priory Group around 8 years ago and then spent 5 years with Care UK leading their mental health division, which took me more into rehabilitation and providing a real care pathway towards independence. So I suppose you could say I have spent my working life striving to create the environment in which vulnerable people can flourish and both realise and reach their full potential.
This is very much my vision for Swanton. With your help we have come up with a branding that really encapsulates this vision, which can be summed up in one clear statement; "Trusted to change lives". This means the lives of our service users, their families, commissioners, the public, you and me. Swanton is a good organisation now; working together, I want it to be a great organisation both in the progress it achieves for an often forgotten minority of very vulnerable people and in the job satisfaction that it gives us all every day.
I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming weeks and months and working with you to achieve our potential. In the meantime if you have any suggestions on how you think we can move from good to great in your specific service please do let me know.
Hi all, not many of you will know me but I joined Swanton on 27th April as your new Finance Director. I feel extremely privileged to be joining this company, especially as it embarks on an exciting new stage under the leadership of Alison.
Firstly, a little bit about myself. I qualified as an accountant over 20 years ago, initially working in the transport sector. Following this I moved into the service industry, working as the Chief Accountant for a business travel group for 5 years. A further move saw me working in the electricity industry for 3 years.
For the last 3.5 years I have been working for Care UK in a group role, managing the finances for all the central group activities and acting as a business partner for a number of directors and senior managers. I look forward to bringing the skills and experiences I have learnt from all my pervious roles to benefit Swanton on the journey that we are going to be taking together.
I also look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks and months as I settle into my role here. I have absolutely bought into the vision that Alison has for Swanton and where she wants Swanton to be in the future, and look forward to working with everyone to meet this vision and provide the best quality service for all the people we support, as well as providing us with an excellent place to work.
On a more personal note, I am an active member of the Scout Association, running both a Sea Scout Troop and an Explorer Unit in my spare time. As you might expect, I enjoy a lot of outdoor sports including sailing, walking and camping, and enjoy providing opportunities for the many children who have been members of my local scout group.
Hi everyone, I have joined Swanton Care as your Director of Clinical Governance and Quality.
My career began as a Mental Health Nurse. I trained in Yorkshire and spent 11 years within the NHS working in a variety of settings.
I left the NHS in the early 1990's and went to work as a Nurse within the prison service (I thought it would be different, and it was!) I spent 6 years as a Senior Nurse and then a further 12 years as Head of a Healthcare in many different prisons around the country. It was here, sadly that I met many mentally disordered offenders, those with autism and learning difficulties.
After leaving the prison service I joined Care UK Mental Health Division and became Head of Governance and Quality, a role I have done for the last 6 years. I spent my time in that role developing and determining what 'good looks like' and that will always be my driver. I firmly believe that anyone who needs to access Health or Social Care receives the very best that sector has to offer.
I am looking forward to working with everyone in Swanton to achieve the same, Swanton has the foundations on which we can all build 'best sector care'. We strive to give people choice, 'my life, my choice' and once someone has choice they have a voice and we listen to that voice, we build excellence around them and their needs and aspirations.
My name is Vivienne Watson and I am Director of Operations with Swanton Care.
It has been a real pleasure for me to become part of the Swanton family. The company is growing and developing, with a sound company philosophy and values that reflect my own and centre on the service user. I am keen to further develop our staff teams and our services whilst ensuring that operational management is effective, efficient and quality driven.
I have been nursing since 1982 and became a Registered General Nurse following my training at Leeds General Infirmary in 1985. My career has predominantly been in the independent sector and I have managed elderly care, mental health, neuro-disability, critical care, paediatrics and rehabilitation services over the years at various levels. I have also owned and managed a specialist domiciliary care service, which cared for adults and children in their own homes with various complex and challenging needs, before selling my company in 2010.
I am very much looking forward to working alongside my colleagues in the Executive and Operational Teams to further develop Swanton Care’s services and the company’s standing in the health and social care sector.
Hello , My name s Deborah Rice and I am Regional Director, East Anglia, for Swanton Care & Community.
I have worked in the health and social care sector since 1981, and qualified as RNMH in 1984 after training at The Manor Hospital in Epsom, Surrey.
My career has covered all aspects of care and management across the NHS and the independent sector . After a period of time managing children’s respite and a day service for people with learning disabilities I moved to the NHS purchasing dept as part of the contracts and development team working on the closure of long stay hospitals and then to Social Services as a Care Manager for people with learning disabilities. I joined the private sector in 1999. Here I gained extensive experience in service management and operations/development management covering a raft of specialities including, Autism, ABI, forensic services, supported living and residential care.
I love what I do and feel passionately about providing the best quality of life for people we support.
I started supporting people with a learning disability over thirty five years ago, I don’t often say that out loud. What this means is that I have seen the way in which support has grown and evolved in that time, from hospitals to people now having a real chance to have their own lives and control over them. In my working career I have always sought to be at the forefront of ways to better deliver support.
I joined Swanton as I want to continue contributing to being productive for people with complex challenging behaviours. I believe I have a part to play in improving people’s lives and that I can support others to do the same. I feel I belong within a service which also believes the same, that a real difference can be made with the right support.
I have managed challenging behaviour services and hospitals and I always strive to develop the best possible way in which support can be provided to each person. I believe that the future of residential care lies within its specialist support and highly skilled teams. This is a part of a care pathway to supported living. Our supported living services also need to provide people with control over their own lives and a place to call home.
I have at times changed the way I look at how I provide support and it has been the people who I support that have most often given me ways of thinking about how I can do this in a better, more person centred way. I feel this statement by an individual receiving support sums this up: “Quality to me is the way a staff member leaves me feeling”. The link between this and the Swanton Philosophy is clear.
I try to remember this always.
My name is John King and I have jointed Swanton Care as Regional Director for The North and Scotland.
I’ve worked in learning disability and mental health services since 2005 all within the private sector, including registered, nursing, supported living and domiciliary care.
My career has taken me on a varied path through a variety of different providers and services. An extensive aspect of my career has been working within ‘turnaround’ projects, utilising my passion for providing high quality care to some of the most vulnerable people in society and increasing their quality of life.
Working with these people have given me some of the highlights of my career and I am looking forward to sharing my skills and experience to increase the outcomes for the people we care for within Swanton Care and grow the business within the North & Scotland to provide high quality and sustainable care to more people.