Neil - Director and lead tutor
Neil has a long history in the Health & Social Care sector for both local authority and private organisations, having worked in the following settings;
Residential homes – Learning disability, challenging behaviour, PMLD and older persons
Day Centres – Physical disability, learning disability, mental health, older persons
Supported living services
Neil has experince working with people diagnosed with:
High functioning Autism and Asperger's
Over his career Neil has enjoyed working in the following roles:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Registered Manager (RM)
Care Manager Assistant
Social Work Assistant
“My journey started back in 1999, I left catering college a qualified chef and got my first full time job with Medway Council as a chef running the kitchen at Shawswood residential home in Medway. At the time we cooked 100 meals per day providing food for the residential home, day service and St. Nicks. It was very busy but very rewarding, and during my time there I became increasingly involved in the fun and activities provided to those using the service. Working in that residential home, surrounded by the wonderful staff, and fantastic residents is what sparked my interest and career in Health & Social Care".
Mechanics and the care sector???
"It could be said that it’s a strange combination.
Since a young age I loved cars and motorbikes which was heavily influenced by my dad.
In 2006 I undertook night school in order to learn about mechanics as I wanted to build my own kitcar. I ended up loving it so much I went on to complete my level 2 and level 3 IMI Diploma. In 2008 I completed an EAL level 1 in welding, in order to weld to ISO approved standards and build from scratch my own chassis for my kitcar.
My passion for cars, bikes, mechanics and engineering kept growing. Over the years while still working in the care sector, in my own time I have provided a range of mechanic services, buying and selling vehicle’s, servicing and repairing, and enjoyed every minute of it. It has always been my dream to combine my two passions, mechanics and health & social care. Now I feel I can do that and fill a much needed gap in service provision.
In 2016 I completed the Diploma Level 3 in Education and training, which has provided a useful range of tools to provide a more structured experience to the day support I provide". (Neil Grant)