Careers Week

Carer’s week is an annual awareness campaign to recgonise the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the theme is focused around recognisition, valuing carers for the vital contribution they make and finding ways to help support them when needed.
We want to shine a spotlight on our amazing team during this week, you can read their stories below.

Rick Holland, Team Leader

Hi! I’m Rick and I have been working in Care for almost 2 years now. Currently, I work with adults with learning disabilities and in Home Care. Initially, I chose a career in Care because I knew I would excel in this role as it’s so rewarding. It’s so special to me as I see the direct impact my job has towards improving individuals lives and I know I’m making a difference. In my role, I always strive to go above and beyond for every single one of my clients and that results in coming up with ‘out of the box’ ideas. Recently, I’ve been accompanying one of my clients to watch Glossop North End AFC as he’s a massive fan of the club. As a result, we got the opportunity to do volunteer work at the ground and this fabulous day was covered on Tameside Radio.

Since my time at Compassionate Care Group, I have won an array of awards including Employee of the Quarter, Innovative Thinker Award and the Tameside and Glossop Cristal Care Award winner for Innovative and Inspirational Practices. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for me.

Adam Ross, Support Worker

Hello, I’m Adam and I’ve been working for Compassionate Care Group for the last 15 months. My passion has always been Mental Health, and I had never considered a career in the sector. But in the spur of the moment, I asked the company whether they would train me to be a Support Worker and after noticing my passion they gave me the opportunity. My favourite part of the role is my clients as they are the strongest, most interesting people I have ever met. It is extremely rewarding to see the progress throughout their life’s journey. My best memory was taking a client out shopping for clothes, the client had wanted to go for a while and she was overjoyed when we went. Seeing her happy face has been my favourite moment to date.

Compassionate Care Group have supported me in gaining my first qualifications in the field, and my training is on-going. I’m proud that I successfully have won a Reach for the Stars award, which was recognising how I always strive to improve.
My spur of the moment thought was the best decision I ever made, bring on the next 15 months!

Katie Prior, Area Manager

Hi, I’m Katie. I began my career in care 7 years ago – after working odd bar jobs I felt it was time to look for a ‘grown up’ job. I applied for a Supported Living support worker role and thought that it may be a stepping stone to a different career but as soon as I started I knew I’d found the job for me! I began my career supporting adults with autism and learning disabilities, it was a new and exciting challenge and after completing my Care Certificate I decided I wanted to progress. I achieved a Level 3 qualification in Positive Behavioural Support which helped me to further my career into management.

After 5 years I wanted a new challenge and sought a career supporting adults with Mental Health conditions. I joined Compassionate Care Group as a Team Leader and within 18 months I was promoted to Assistant Care Manager, a little later, Care Manager and most recently Area Manager. I currently manage a Mental Health Step Down service which works closely with NHS and Greater Manchester Mental Health to relieve bed pressures on acute wards by supporting people with mental health conditions and housing instability to secure appropriate support and housing; allowing them to successfully reintegrate into the community and prevent delayed discharges from hospital wards. I directly manage a team of 18 staff across 2 sites and have oversight of a further 45 staff across 6 sites. I’m currently completing a Level 5 qualification in Health and Social Care which is helping expand my knowledge in how to effectively manage in a care environment.

I love coming to work every day knowing that I’m helping to make a difference to people’s lives, and supporting them to achieve things they didn’t know they could do. I couldn’t imagine doing any other job!

Rachel Lyttle, Registered Manager

Hi, I’m Rach and I’ve been working for Compassionate Care Group for 8 and a half years. I chose this career path as I always wanted to care and help others, and it paid off when I saw the difference I was making in people’s lives. I started off as a Support Worker, out in the field delivering care to clients in their homes. No two days were the same and I wanted to learn how I could support the clients more effectively, so the company sourced several training courses tailored for my role. The opportunity eventually arose to become Team Leader and I took my level 3 and level 5 Health & Social Care training. One thing that is vital to me is the training given for continued development – learning never stops in Care. That’s why I always champion a staff member who starts with the company without professional experience.

Today, I am the Registered Manager with a team of 40 people, whilst I undertake my Level 6 Chartered Managers Degree in Health & Social Care. It is rewarding for me to coach my team and watch them grow as individuals, whilst supporting them along their career paths.