Norma worked for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust for over 21 years. She was initially appointed by the Trust as a nursing assistant supporting people with complex health needs and behaviours that challenged the service. Shen then completed her nurse training in 2004 with the support of the Trust and was employed as a Behavioural Learning Disabilities Nurse Practitioner supporting both children and adults. She continued in this role working with adults, and in 2013 gained a Masters in Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour at Wales University. Norma started working for PIPS in January 2019 and continues her commitment to ensure that everyone has a good quality of life through a Person Centred Approach.
Anthony has worked with people with a Learning Disability and Autism since starting as a support worker in 2011. Anthony qualified as an RNLD in 2016 and worked within assessment and treatment services. Anthony came to PIPS in 2017 with a desire to enable those stuck within hospital placements a chance to move back to the community and improve their lives. Anthony has focussed his professional development on Positive Behaviour Support undertaking postgraduate study in the area of ABA and PBS. Anthony represents PIPS within several local and regional communities of practice and working groups around PBS, helping to develop and shape practice of PBS both within PIPS and in wider Social Care services within the region.
Jess is a General Nurse that gained her nursing degree and built the foundations of her career in Canada before moving to the United Kingdom and joining PIPS in 2017. Jess has 10 years’ experience in the care sector, both within inpatient and community-based services. Throughout her career, she has developed in roles ranging from Staff Nurse and Care Coordinator, progressing into roles of Health and Wellness Manager and most recently a Deputy Team Manager and Team Manager within the PIPS Middlesbrough service.
Jess has built her career and skillset throughout a wide range of experiences working within elder care, specialized dementia, complex care units, palliative oncology, rehabilitation supporting individuals living with acquired brain injuries and most recently learning disabilities.
Having been involved in both the delivery as well as implementation and oversight of person-centred approaches throughout the entirety of her career, Jess has partnered these approaches with links to various local services with the aim to achieve as much autonomy, opportunity, and quality of life as possible for both the individuals she supports and the teams she leads.
Kat gained a BSc in Psychology and Education Studies and began her career working with children with special educational needs. Kat moved into adult services and has supported adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues since 2000. Kat has gained her level 5 certificate in Leadership and Management and is currently completing Level 4 course in Facilitating PBS into support teams. Kat is currently managing three services in Hartlepool which at full capacity supports eight service users to live independently within their own homes in the community.
Meghan joined PIPS in 2017 working as Deputy Team Manager at the Dales and has previously worked for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and care services as a Associate Practitioner. Meghan now works as a part of the office team providing PA support to the management team and working closing on Training.
Hannah joined PIPS in August 2016 as a Business Administration Apprentice. Hannah is responsible for Payroll, HR, Recruitment and Training as well as supporting the wider Admin Team. Outside of work Hannah enjoys travelling to new places with family and friends.
Emily joined PIPS in July 2017 with previous experience in teaching. Emily is responsible for recruitment, training and providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office.