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Innovations
19th November 2017

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Our Staff

The Directors of Innovations have over 100 years experience in the field of learning disabilities.

Mr Paul Thompson - Director of Estates
Mrs Jennifer Howe - Director of Activities
Mrs Victoria Aitken - Director of Quality Assurance and Human Resources

All have a considerable amount of expertise within health and social care settings and specialise in working with people with learning disabilities. Our training and qualifications include:

Community nursing, social work, challenging behaviour, forensic work, management training, counselling, supervision, person centred planning & drug and alcohol.

The Managers at Innovations all oversee the daily running of the bases and are all experienced staff who have or are working towards management/leadership qualifications.

All staff receive a comprehensive 12 week induction and ongoing training appropriate to the post they occupy.

All staff are qualified to at least NVQ level 2 and must be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the post they occupy. We aim for 75% of staff to also be qualified to NVQ 3 in social care and health.

Innovations operate a staff support system to ensure all are working to an excellent standard. 

All staff have to provide a satisfactory enhanced DBS check as part of the recruitment process.

Staff are encouraged to develop their potential and draw on their own strengths, skills and interests.

Our Managers

Bernadette Scurfield  Unit Manager - South Hetton

Bernadette Scurfield
Unit Manager - South Hetton

Carol Hayes Unit Manager - Kepier Hall

Carol Hayes
Unit Manager - Kepier Hall


Cath Tweedy  Unit Manager - Spennymoor

Cath Tweedy
Unit Manager - Spennymoor

Debbie Wright Unit Manager - The Junction

Debbie Wright
Unit Manager - The Junction


Denise Magee Unit Manager - Peterlee

Denise Magee
Unit Manager - Peterlee

Donna Grant Unit Manager - Bishop

Donna Grant
Unit Manager - Bishop


Jeanette Robinson Unit Manager - Lanchester

Jeanette Robinson
Unit Manager - Lanchester

Sharon Bilclough Unit Manager - Brantwood

Sharon Bilclough
Unit Manager - Brantwood