Meet The Team

Julia Spencer – CAWD CHAIRMAN

Principle Workforce Development Advisor, North Yorkshire County Council

The Workforce Development team in North Yorkshire is a key part of the wider Human Resources and Organisational Development service.  It is a corporate function working across the County Council while remaining closely aligned to directorates and services. The main role of the team is to lead on the implementation of the Council’s workforce strategy, provide strategic advice and support in the development of the councils workforce.

My role as Principal Advisor is supporting the Health and Adult Services Directorate and the wider corporate initiatives for the workforce. This also involves working with many partners across the wider health and social care sector to jointly support and develop the sector. I have been in workforce development both in private and local government sectors for more than 25 years and am passionate about the benefits that learning and development can bring to individuals, businesses and service users.

I have been a CAWD member since it started and have benefited from the partnership working, the networking and the joint expertise that makes up the membership. At CAWD we have been and are working hard to actively engage not only at our own organisations levels, but regionally and  nationally for the wider health and social care sectors. It is important to understand the issues and concerns across the whole region so that we can work together to improve services, staff knowledge, skills, confidence and competence.

Julie Scott – CAWD VICE CHAIRMAN

Business Services Manager (Delivery and Employer Engagement), Selby College

Selby College provides education and training to students aged 14 – 16; 16 – 18 and 19+ both on college campus and at employer locations throughout Yorkshire. Within the Health and Social Care Sector, the College delivers apprenticeships (intermediate, advanced and higher), diplomas (levels 2, 3, 4 and 5), distance learning courses (level 2 and 3), various part time full cost courses and bespoke training as and when required. As a college, we have delivered health and social care qualifications for over 20 years. We have earned ourselves an enviable reputation amongst local, regional and national employers as well as higher education providers for delivering high quality industry focused learning. Selby College feel that they listen to the sector and can deliver training to meet care providers needs across the county.


Kasha Button & Victoria Whitehead

Tyro Training, Business Development Managers

Tyro Training is the commercial training division of Craven College, based in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Tyro operates largely independently from the main College and offers a wide range of cost effective, flexible training, consultancy and support services for organisations and individuals in both the private and public sector. Operating out of two centres based in Skipton and Scarborough, Tyro supports businesses across the whole of North and East Yorkshire and is a key provider of Diplomas, Apprenticeships and Distance Learning along with general training such as First Aid and Health and Safety.

Tyro has a significant amount of experience of working with the Health and Social Care sector and regularly delivers on funded initiatives. In 2015 Tyro delivered training to over 60 H&SC organisations in North Yorkshire as part of an ESF Funded project, researching training needs and developing new programmes to meet those needs.

Aside from excellent networking, sharing of best practice and wider sector issues, being a member of the CAWD consortium means we understand first-hand the issues/barriers and concerns of the Health and Social Care sector. This enables us to collectively provide solutions and put forward initiatives in order to assist care providers where they need it most.

Lorna Dawber

Carefound Home Care

Lorna DawberCarefound Home Care is Yorkshire’s local, award-winning provider of home care services that enable elderly people to live happily at home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. It is the only home care provider rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in Yorkshire, putting it in the top 1% in the UK. Carefound Home Care provides a range of highly personalised home care services including hourly care, 24-hour live-in care and respite care. This can encompass anything from basic domestic support, companionship, personal care, medication help through to the management and support of more complex conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s.

I joined CAWD to keep up to date with developmental opportunities for our Home Carer Workers to ensure they are up to date with current legislation and enhance their professional and personable skills. CAWD also allows me to network with other professionals and agencies to identify any training needs within the Care Sector and source additional information and courses that would enhance the overall performance of our staff.

Kay Ford

Regional Clinical Skills Advisor for Health Education England within Yorkshire and Humber

Kay FordThe regional clinical skills team provide support, project management and a range of  tools to ensure all clinical skills and simulation training is developed and delivered to a quality assured  standard.  Through working with a range of organisations the team have improved education and training that has patient safety and care quality as its core value.

I joined CAWD to share my experiences and offer support of a team of clinical skills and simulation specialists. Being a member brings effective networking and partnership opportunities which can only bring positive solutions for the training and development challenges within the region.

Kate Helme

Workforce Development Adviser, Adults, City of York Council

Kate HelmeThe role of the Workforce Development Advisers within the WDU at City of York Council is to provide strategic advice and support in relation to the development of the adult care workforce. This involves providing support to City of York Council adult services alongside commissioning a range of learning and development opportunities as well as other initiatives to both CYC staff and the wider adult care workforce in York. My role also involves developing the York Adult Care Workforce Strategy and establishing and facilitating a multi-agency partnership group to oversee the implementation of the strategy.

I joined CAWD to keep up to date with local, regional and national initiatives and developments. I also joined for the opportunity to network with colleagues from local and national agencies and organisations and the opportunity to work jointly to address workforce needs in the sector. It is also an opportunity to keep in touch with the needs of the local workforce.

Bernadette Mossman

Vida Healthcare,  Healthcare Director

Bernadette MossmanVida Healthcare is an independent care provider specialising in the care of older people living with dementia. The company includes Vida Hall in Starbeck which offers accommodation for 70 residents and Vida Grange which is currently under construction in Pannel and will offer accommodation to 124 people delivering a range of care services in over 8 unique environments.  This service will be available from Winter 2016.  Vida Healthcare has been recognised as a centre of excellence in dementia care and has achieved an outstanding rating from the CQC. Our Ethos of care is quite simple – exceptional care and peace of mind through trust and understanding. The company believe this can only be achieved through investment in staff and a values based approach to recruitment.

I joined the CAWD during the development phase of the business to network with like minded professionals and share good practice.  Training and development opportunities have been extensive and led to success in accessing WFD funding, developing strong training links and share in good practice opportunities with my peers including supporting and directing colleagues in need.

Mike Padgham

Padgham Care Services Ltd & St Cecilia’s Care Services Ltd, Managing Director 

Independent Care Group (ICG), Chair

Mike PagdhamAn influential figure in social care, Mike Padgham combines the running of a successful care home and day care businesses with chairing two representative bodies within the sector. St Cecilia’s is a care home specialising in care for people with dementia, while Eastfield House day care centre welcomes a wide range of vulnerable older people.

Mike is also Chair of the Independent Care Group (ICG) in York and North Yorkshire, a recognised representative body for independent care providers. He also chairs the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA), the representative body for domiciliary care providers, and is a Board Member of Care England.

Padgham Care Services Ltd is very proud to be the grant holder for the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund. Passionate about the importance of training and development in providing high quality care, Mike joined CAWD to ensure his own businesses remain at the forefront of best practice in care provision and to help share latest opportunities and thinking across the sector.

Sallyanne Reed

Learning and Development Advisor, The Wilf Ward Family Trust

Sallyanne ReedThe Wilf Ward family Trust was founded in November 1986 to give relief to carers through the provision of residential respite units and day facilities. Our work began when our founding Trustees, Wilf and Phyllis Ward established a Short Break service for people with disabilities. Since then The Trust has grown significantly and now operates across the Yorkshire and Humber region offering a large range of supported living accommodation and residential care services, as well as specialist holiday accommodation. We are committed to the principles of personalisation, involvement, inclusion & community engagement, and always place the people we support at the centre of all that we do. We believe that by providing great living environments, we create a place of safety where individuals can experience meaningful opportunities, be involved in their community, and live independent lifestyles.

I joined CAWD to develop relationships in the sector and as a way of keeping up to date on regional and national issues. Being a member provides the chance to work in partnership to address the range and quality of development opportunities needed to meet current and future needs.

Tracy Rose

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust work closely with our sister organisation the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to ensure that the housing, care and support services we provide are as good as they can possibly be.  Our care service portfolio consists of 3 Extra Care Villages; 4 Care Homes for Older People, 2 of which provide nursing care and 2 Independent Living Services which support people with disabilities to live well in their own homes.  Our services are all in Yorkshire and the North East with a cluster around York. In addition to the care provision we provide approximately 2,500 homes for people across York, North and East Yorkshire.

I joined the CAWD team to ensure we are keeping in touch with learning across the care sector as we believe staff learning and development is a major contributor to achieving high quality services.

Mychelle Taylor

Jobcentre Plus

The Jobcentre Plus Offer is a package of personalised advice and support available from Jobcentre Plus. It supports the Government’s strategy for economic growth and reduction in poverty by supporting people to find and retain work. We also support local employers with their recruitment needs. We work with a number of Partners to achieve the best possible outcome for both our claimant base and local Employers.

I joined CAWD because the Jobcentre Plus is able to provide valuable information on the Local Labour Market trends, Education and Skills to support recruitment and retention in the Social Care sector.

Angela Thompson

Locality Manager, Skills for Care

Angela ThompsonSkills for Care offers workforce leadership, learning and development support and practical tools to adult social care organisations in England. By working with organisations and sharing best practice, we help to raise quality and standards and make sure dignity and respect are at the heart of service delivery.

I joined CAWD because it provides me with the opportunity to network and consult with employers and key strategic partners on key issues and priorities they have for workforce development and respond to those priorities accordingly.

Geri Walker & Deb Smith

Riccall Care

Geri WalkerAt Riccal Care we help families and their loved ones live happily at home. We believe that comfort, freedom and the reassurance of familiar things is critical to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of those adults needing support. We understand what home means and can help cherished family members live at Debora Smithhome for as long as possible. Because we look at care holistically, as well as daily personal care visits we provide help with social outings and appointments, respite care breaks for family carers and signpost families to the wider range of social services.  We also host a Community Link Dementia Café – every first Thursday of the month between 2 and 4pm which is open to the public to support those with dementia and their families to come and join us to enjoy a brew, a bun, a good chat, singing, dancing & access to plenty of useful advice and resources.

We joined CAWD because Riccall Care has a wealth of care training, operational and project management experience which can make a valuable contribution to CAWD’s strategic plans for North Yorkshire’s workforce development. Additionally, as Care Trainers we have first-hand experience of the challenges developments in the Health & Social Care Sector bring to the work of front line carers and want to support  CAWD to realise effective solutions and training for our region.

Carole Whiles

Learning and Development Manager for Avalon Group

I work for a registered charity supporting individuals in their own homes and supported living accommodation in the North Yorkshire, York, Teesside, West and South Yorkshire and Wirral areas. I have worked in the health and social care sector for over 30 years in operational and workforce development roles.

CAWD is an organisation which is passionate about high standards in the health and social care sector – which is something which is very important to me and the organisation I work for. CAWD provides me with regular updates from the sector, encourages sharing of learning and development opportunities, recruitment initiatives and other developments. These updates, the partnership networking and joint working are invaluable to my role.

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