I attended Dartford Grammar School and qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1994. For the last 20 years, I have worked as a GP in Gravesend.
Over these last 20 years, I have seen the devastating effects which conditions such as dementia, stroke and loneliness can have on people and their families. But I have seen first hand patients receiving basic home care, and it is my belief that there is so much more which can be done to promote health and well being within the home environment.
My Vision for homecare
My vision is to train the carers not just to give the absolute best care, but also to mentally and physically stimulate our customers. For example, encourage our customers to sit in the garden to inhale fresh air, stimulate the mind and increase your Vitamin D levels.
This journey has led me to this point. To develop a Domiciliary Care Company that delivers high-quality preventative, pro-active care at home. This has paved the way for VitalityCare and the VitalityLifestyle programme, a service developed to enable you to live the life you would like to, with the care and support of the Vitality Home Health Team.
My grandfather passed away peacefully at home from lung cancer when I was 14 years old. It was the way he was helped emotionally, physically and spiritually by the palliative care team of nurses and carers that I knew that I wanted to become a nurse.
The proudest moment of my life came in 2003 when I received my diploma in nursing. I joined a community nursing team and after 8 years progressed to becoming a team leader.
I am thrilled to be part of the Vitality Home Health team. With our Vitality Care Givers and GP’s we can make a real difference with the dedicated care we will provide.
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Debbie is a resident of Eynsford, where she brought up her children who have all flown the nest now.
Debbie’s career began in the ambulance service which led her onto operating and owning a Private Ambulance Service for 11 years. After working for several charities overseas, Debbie returned and became involved in Social Care, concentrating on Learning Disabilities.
Debbie became a Registered Care Manager for a Franchised Agency in 2 offices for 7 years after achieving the QCF V in Leadership & Management.
Debbie has now progressed onto a role which excites her, it is a true mixture of Health & Social Care and is looking forward to taking home care to a new level. She is passionate about providing quality care with a difference, including social prescribing, Lifestyle medicine and empowering the customer base to become happy, healthy and fulfilled.
Michael Lewis – Care Manager
Michael lives locally in the Greenhithe area. He is a family man and the proud owner of our therapy dog Obi.
He has been working within the care sector for over 11 years. He primarily worked within Learning Disabilities specialising in challenging behaviours. After working within residential care as a Deputy Manager in Devon, he finally returned to his home County of Kent to work within the Domiciliary Care arena.
Michael was the Training Manager of a premium franchised care agency for 4 years and the natural progression for him was to become a Care Manager.
Michael is passionate about the business that he leads. The ethos of Vitality Home Health is certainly very different and it is exciting for him to be able to lead the staff teams as well as deliver exceptional care to customers, with all the additional services that are on offer.
Laurie Barnwell – Field Care Supervisor Gravesend
Laurie is a 28 year old working mum who lives locally to the Gravesend office.
She holds the NVQ III in Health & Social Care and is a trained phlebotomist. Laurie has worked with in the care industry for 8 years, predominantly within the NHS, but has experience within the community arena.
Laurie has a passion for caring for the older generation and is enthusiastic regarding the manner in which Vitality Home Health cares for our seniors to empower them to live as independently as possible.
Jo Hankey - Family Home Health Practitioner
Jo is the most recent acquisition to the Vitality Home Health Team.
Jo is a trained counsellor, and her expertise lies’ within this field as a Palliative specialist.
Jo is a vivacious lady often found at the local hospital where she is well known. She has spent 9 years working within this arena supporting both families and patients to discharge into a safe environment.
Jo is passionate about her role and will no doubt ensure there is a seamless transition from hospital to community under the Vitality Home Health umbrella.
Jo is also our facilitator of the Vitality Home Health Memory Cafes and Family Support Groups of which since her involvement has grown in numbers.
At home, she is mum to 5 cats and a dog.
Obi - Therapy Dog
Obi is an 18 month old French Bull Dog. He lives with his partner Betsey in Greenhithe.
He spends his private life running around the garden with his family consisting of 2 children aged 7 and 10 years old. Obi enjoys peoples company, and is happiest being stroked, petted and spoilt by people who no longer have pets, or for those that would love a dog to accompany them for a short walk.
Obi brings a lot of joy to people, he is a sensitive dog, who appears to understand if people are uncomfortable, in pain or just want to play.
Megan visits me daily and is a wonderful, helpful young woman who supports me to start my day the way I choose to. She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. I look forward to her arrival and I really don’t know what I would do without her, plus she makes a great cuppa!!