As the C.E.O. of Care Opportunities Ahmed Bawa is passionate about service users living life to the full. Ahmed founded the company in 2005, wanting to create an environment where Care Opportunities excel in the care of all service users. The approachable nature of the CEO and management team has helped to create a transparent environment in which the service users and staff thrive. The Care Opportunities philosophy is to offer our service users the choice, dignity, respect and opportunities that we would wish for our own family if they were receiving social care.
Dr Dawn Thomas-Bawa is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society. As Clinical Director for Care Opportunities, Dawn provides the clinical lead for the organisation, overseeing all clinical input to our residential care home and supported living services. Dawn carries out hands on work with service users as well as providing staff training and supervision to the Assistant Psychologists, Behavioural Specialist and Registered Managers. Dawn is also a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® trainer for the organisation advocating a proactive approach in all support provided.
Dawn has over twenty years of post-qualification experience in the assessment and treatment of people with psychological disorders, including learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder, mental health problems, neuropsychological difficulties as well as mentally disordered offenders. This has been developed through her extensive work within both the National Health Service and Private sector, in hospitals and in the community.
Registered Manager for Supported Living (Karmel, Sycamores, The Danes & Oak House)
Jean has been in the care sector for 25 years. She is responsible for the daily running of the Supported Living homes and ensures that appropriate care is provided to the service users through efficient staff recruitment, induction and management. She is committed to maintaining quality care standards in line with CQC regulations through comprehensive training and supervision of the staff. Her responsibilities also include overseeing the care provision and support plans for the service users. Each support plan is person centred and planned around each individual's needs, promoting independence and wellbeing, giving each support user the life skills required to enable them to live independently in their own homes.
Paul works for Care Opportunities as a Behavioural Specialist, providing assessment and treatment services using a multi-element model. This enables Paul to establish non-aversive behavioural support plans for adults with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and mental health problems who present varying degrees of challenging behaviour. Paul has been involved in providing health care services within the NHS, Social Services and the private sector. Paul has also specialised in the provision of services for people with learning disabilities, both within hospital settings and in the community.
Paul is committed to providing the most advanced and highest possible quality services in support of people with challenging behaviour. His goal is to promote the best quality of life possible for adults with learning disabilities, by enabling them to live regular lives in natural settings with full, positive and valued community presence and participation.
Registered Manager (Conifers)
Danielle joined Care Opportunities in 2013 as a support worker before becoming the Registered Manager of Conifers in 2015. Danielle has shown real passion, dedication and drive within the Company and achieved an outstanding rating from CQC in our Residential inspection. Danielle has continued to excel her learning and progression by qualifying as a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® instructor to provide the best support to all staff and the service users. Danielle finds it a great privilege to ensure all of the service users are meeting their aspirations and dreams in life and supporting each individual to have a better quality of life. Danielle has a high knowledge of the service users who reside in the home which enables her to support and guide staff to a high standard to carry out their role to provide safe, effective and responsive care to each service user.
Serena joined the Care Opportunities team in her role as an Assistant Psychologist in October 2017, on a 13 month contract, where Serena oversees the two Supported Living homes within Camberley & Blackwater. Serena started working in this role following graduating with a first class degree in Educational Psychology and has experience working in the areas of learning disabilities and mental health. Her position involves collecting behavioural data on each service user, which is analysed and presented at fortnightly therapeutic team meetings. Alongside this, she is involved with providing individual and group therapeutic sessions to service users, centred around their needs. Serena’s role also involves chairing monthly resident and tenants meetings with the service users to ensure they have the opportunity to express their views and producing quarterly service user, staff and family newsletters informing everyone about any highlights and changes in the service. Serena’s responsibilities also extend to assisting staff with development through carrying out regular assessments and presenting staff training focused on extending their understanding of the service user’s diagnoses..
Amelia, like Serena, is on a 13 months contract. She joined Care Opportunities first as a support worker in October 2017 and then became an Assistant Psychologist in January 2018. Amelia graduated with a first class honours degree in Psychology from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Affective Disorders from King’s College London. Amelia works alongside Serena carrying out the same roles and responsibilities but focuses on our residential care home in Basingstoke as well as supported living services.
Gina joined Care Opportunities as our Operations & Business Manager, providing and managing a high standard of Operational Management to staff as well being a key liaison with the service users’s families. She ensures a high level of support to the management and staff as well as the effective delivery of quality services within the organisation. She oversees the HR for the company, as well as a thorough recruitment process of Senior & Support staff. She strives on maintaining a high standard and works in conjunction with the senior team in constantly looking at innovative ways of retaining staff. She supports the senior team in offering excellent training and maintains all the training records. Gina's role also involves carrying out quarterly Operational, Environmental and Health & Safety audits in all the homes, regularly reviewing processes and systems to keep abreast of current legislations as well ensuring the company is always compliant with CQC as well as monitoring that staff adhere to all the CQS policies and procedures.
Jenny has worked in Care for the past 13 years and has experience as a carer as well as being a coordinator in domiciliary care. She joined Care Opportunities as a Business Administrator and assists the Operations Manager in making sure the company stays compliant with Policies and Procedures, assisting with the quarterly Operational, Environmental and Health & Safety audits in all the homes as well as delivering a high standard of support to the senior team. She helps with co-ordinating all staff training, takes part in the recruitment process of support staff from interviews to checking for references and regularly audits and ensures all personnel files are up to CQC standards.