Kat Johns – Registered Manager, Trelawney Care
Kat finished school aged 16 with various GCSEs (all good grades Bs and Cs) but she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She went to college to study an NVQ in hospitality including silver service and found employment in various catering roles in local hotels.
After several years, she found the seasonal nature of hospitality work didn’t meet her needs as a parent and she started to look for full time work elsewhere. Aged 22, she joined a local domiciliary care agency – a decision she has never regretted. At the time, she didn’t think she had any relevant experience but in reality, as a mother and being responsible for a household, she had all the right skills for a career in social care.
She quickly completed an NVQ Level 2 and within 3 years started her Level 3. As she began to take on more responsibility as a senior carer, she also undertook more training including a “train the trainer” qualification. She started delivering training to her colleagues and supported their growing knowledge through a buddy system.
Some years later she completed a Level 3 qualification in Management and spent 12 months working in other social care settings to broaden her skills and understanding. She spent some time in residential care and gained experience providing end of life care. She returned to domiciliary care in a supervisory role and, from there, progressed into management via an apprenticeship.
Kat loves every aspect of the Registered Manager’s role. She enjoys being with and helping people. She understands the need to nurture the staff as she would the clients and still enjoys occasionally going out to provide face to face care. Kat knew University was not for her, despite her grades and ability, and is pleased to have found a career that allows her to work and study simultaneously in a role where she can make a real difference.