Marie has been working in the health and social care industry for 15 years.
Marie started working as a carer on an apprenticeship programme caring for young adults with complex learning disabilities and autism. It was an area she was really interested in having gained experience supporting autistic children in main stream school whilst at secondary school. After gaining her NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care, she continued to work in the field of learning disabilities and autism gradually working to become a senior and deputy manager in quick succession.
Nine years ago, she was offered the opportunity to manage her own service as Registered Manager. Marie was very proud a year later to win a Laing and Buisson care award for her service. She then went on to gain further skills and qualifications in the field of mental health and drug and alcohol dependency.
Marie was then asked to support a service that provided care for those living with a brain injury who had received a ‘poor’ CQC rating. This move in her career was life-changing. She says, “After listening to some of the resident’s stories about their lives and how things had changed so much for them once they acquired their brain injury I knew I found what I wanted to do. I wanted to make a difference. I did not want to hear residents talk about the lives they had; I wanted them to talk about the life they have and want to have.”
Two years later her own father suffered a severe stroke and it completely changed her life and outlook on her role as she gained a deeper more meaningful understanding of those living with a brain injury and the challenges they and their families face.
Marie is passionate about providing high quality care for those living with a brain injury and recognising the potential in everyone, no matter how small. One of the things she has learnt is that you should never underestimate people or their motivation. She also believes in supporting families that are affected by brain injury and really making a difference to their lives.
Marie’s vision for 1 Sewardstone Close is that it continues to be a beacon of best practice in the field of acquired brain injury and as a team we continue to work to achieve outstanding levels of high quality rehabilitation, care and support that leads the standard across the sector.