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.
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.
After achieving a BSc in Psychology in 2018 and MSc in Health Psychology in 2019 from the University of the West of England, Laura went on to gain exoerience working within a clinical setting including four weeks as Mental Health Activity Support Worker in Bali where she supported staff in a psychiatric facility and rehabilitation centre. Upon returning to the UK from Bali, Laura went on to work as a Mental Health Support Worker at the Priory Group for 1 year before commencing her Assistant Psychologist role with Care Opportunities Ltd.
Laura currently works alongside our in-house clinical team overseeing our supported living homes in Camberley.
Rachel joined Care Opportunities as a Support Worker before commencing her placement as Assistant Psychologist. Prior to joining the Company, Rachel worked as a Support Worker in a residential home for adults with autism for 5 years which has given her a wealth of experience working closely with adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. As well as achieving a BPS accredited Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Portsmouth, Rachel also has Master’s Degree in Adult Autism from the University of Birmingham. Rachel works alongside our in-house Clinical Team overseeing our Residential and Supported Living homes in Basingstoke as well as one of our Supported Living homes in Camberley.
Daniel graduated with a 2:1 BSc Degree in Psychology from Bournemouth University in 2017 and after spending 4 months travelling around South America, he returned to the UK to pursue his chosen career in a clinical setting. Daniel initially started working at Care Opportunities Ltd as a Support Worker for 2 months before joining our in-house Clinical Team and commencing his role as an Assistant Psychologist. During Daniel's contract, he is working alongside the Clinical Team overseeing our Support Living homes in Camberley.
Each of our Assistant Psychologists undertake a 13 month placement working alongside our Clinical Team as part of their transition into their long term clinical careers. The roles of our Assistant Psychologists includes collecting behavioural data on each service user, which is analysed and presented at fortnightly therapeutic team meetings. Alongside this, they are also involved with providing individual and group therapeutic sessions to service users, chairing monthly tenants meetings with the service users to ensure they have the opportunity to express their views and to also produce quarterly service user, staff and family newsletters informing everyone about highlights or any changes in the service. Responsibilities also extend to assisting staff with training and development, carrying out regular assessments and presenting training, focused on extending their understanding of the service users diagnosis.
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.