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.
Amelia joined the Care opportunities team in her role as an Assistant Psychologist in November 2018, on a 13 month contract. Amelia oversees three Supported Living homes within Camberley and Blackwater. Amelia started working in this role following graduating with a 2.1 degree in Psychology with Human Biology and has previous experience working in educational psychology. 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. Amelia's role also include 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. Amelia's 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.
Liberty joined the Care Opportunities team in her role as an Assisstant Psychologist in January 2019, on a 13 month contract and works alongside the Clinical Team overseeing our Supported Living home and also our Residential Home in Basingstoke. Liberty graduated with a 2:1 degree in Psychology and has previous experience working in the areas of learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. 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. Liberty's role also include 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
Nicky joined Care Opportunities as our Business & Operations Manager in August 2018, providing and managing a high standard of Business & Operational Management to staff. 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. Nicky'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.
Carolynn has a welth of experience working in an Administrative environment. She joined Care Opportunities as a Business Administrator in August 2019 and 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. 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.