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 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.
Senior Behavioural Specialist
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.
Business and Operations Manager
Following a number of years of working in an operational management role in the aviation industry, Vincent joined Care Opportunities as our Business & Operations Manager. He provides and manages a high standard of Business & Operational Management and support to staff as well as the effective delivery of quality services within the organisation. Vincent oversees the HR for the company, as well as a thorough recruitment process of staff. He strives on maintaining a high standard and works in conjunction with the senior management team in constantly looking at innovative ways of retaining staff. He also supports the senior management team to ensure that the Company continues to offer and provide excellent training to all staff.
Vincent'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 QCS policies and procedures.
Business and Operations Administrator
Nicky has a wealth of experience working in a HR and Administrative environment. She assists the Business & 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. Nicky helps coordinate staff training, recruitment and personnel audits to ensure that they are up to CQC standard.
Following the completion of her college studies in 2017, Rhiannon joined Care Opportunities as a Support Worker working at our residential home, The Conifers. After receiving support from the clinical and management teams, Rhiannon developed her skills and knowledge and was promoted to Shift Leader at The Conifers.
After successfully completing her NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, in April 2019, Rhiannon was promoted to Support Team Leader and moved to work in one of our supported living homes, Oak House, in Camberley. Following the successful transition into her new position and into supported living, Rhiannon progressed quickly to Senior Support Team Leader where she ran two of the four supported living homes in Camberley as well as assisting the Registered Manager at that time. Rhiannon is currently studying towards her NVQ Level 5 and is now working as the Service Manager. Due to her hard work, experience and dedication to her role and our service users, Rhiannon has been given the opportunity to take on the position of Registered Manager for our supported living homes in Camberley and has started the process of registration with the CQC.
Having grown up helping to support her two sisters who have learning disabilities, Rhiannon has always had a passion for caring for others. With close family members also working in the care sector for many years, it was a natural decision for Rhiannon to pursue a career in care to broaden her knowledge and understanding and continue to help others.
In 2013 at the age of 17, Danielle applied for her first job and started her career with Care Opportunities as a Support Worker working at our residential home, The Conifers. It was recognised early on that Danielle had potential to progress within the Company and after only 6 months of employment, Danielle was promoted to Shift Leader.
After showing great commitment to learn and dedication to develop her skills and knowledge, Danielle completed the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. Danielle was promoted and became the Registered Manager for The Conifers in 2015. During her time as Registered Manager, Danielle successfully achieved the ‘Outstanding’ rating on two occasions following inspections from the CQC.
Trainee Behavioural Specialist
Following the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioural Sciences in 2019 at Buckinghamshire New University, Ibrahim went on to graduate from Brunel University London with a Master’s in Physiological sciences in 2020.
Ibrahim gained over 5 years of experience as a Senior Support Worker supporting individuals with mental health challenges. Ibrahim was heavily involved in delivering creative and outstanding support to clients wishing to live as independently as possible within their own homes and in the community.
Ibrahim joined the clinical team at Care Opportunities in July 2021 and works across all of our homes supporting our service users.
Noelia graduated from the University of Winchester in June 2021 with a 2:1 BSc in Psychology. Following her graduation, Noelia went on to gain experience working as a mental health support worker at the Priory Hospital in Southampton where she worked with the CAMHS team, the Eating Disorders Unit and Adult Mental Health. In her role at the Priory, Noelia worked alongside a team including Registered Mental Health Nurses, Doctors and Psychologists assisting with patient management, providing support to patients, providing conflict resolution and specialist supervision of high risk patients.
Noelia also volunteered for Shout helpline services communicating with people through an online text service, talking through their struggles and feelings and helping them come up with ways to cope with their struggles.
Noelia commenced her Assistant Psychologist post in October 2021 and works alongside our in-house Clinical Team overseeing our Supported Living homes in Camberley.
Russell graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in June 2018 with a 2:1 Bachelor’s in Psychology. Following his qualification, Russell gained experience working for a care company supporting adults with different learning and physical disabilities including those on the Autistic Spectrum. Russell has direct experience working with individuals displaying challenging behaviour and managing these behaviours by implementing support strategies and promoting positive behaviour. Russell completed his maters in 2021 at Royal Holloway and gained further experience working in domiciliary care.
Russell commenced his role as Assistant Psychologist in May 2022 and works alongside our in-house Clinical Team overseeing our Residential and Supported Living homes in Basingstoke and also one of our Supported Living homes in Camberley.