The Team

who we are

Our team works nationally across England to provide the highest quality support and (if required) clinical care, to those who are living with a spinal injury. We ensure every member of staff is dedicated to carrying out our company values within their everyday roles and remain steadfast in our commitment to understanding the wants and needs of each person we support.

Meet the team

Michelle Stead

Clinical Nurse Manager

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Louise Dobson

Director of Business – Complex Care

Louise started her career in health and social care in 1996, as a Community Nurse. During this time she supported individuals, including clients with a spinal injury, to live independently at home.

For the last 20 plus years, Louise has worked as a Senior Manager in a number of operational roles, predominately within the complex care sector. She is extremely passionate about the delivery of high quality, person-centred care, as well as social outcomes, and she continues to drive this passion through her leadership at Spinal Injury Support.

Amit Karia

Operations Manager South

Amit has been working in the care sector for 31 years, starting as a Healthcare Assistant in domiciliary care, residential homes, care homes and nursing homes, and working his way up to his current position as Operations Manager.

During this time, Amit spent 11 years as a Registered Manager and has gained a lot of experience supporting nurse-led packages of care for adults and children in the community, including individuals with spinal injuries ranging from low to high acuity complex care needs. For Amit, the ethos of Spinal Injury Support is key as he works hard to ensure we deliver the very best in person-centred care, empowering our clients to make informed decisions and gain the confidence to think about their hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Joanne Gill

Operations Manager North

Joanne has been a manager in the care sector for the past 22 years, 13 of those at senior manager level, and has worked as a CQC registered manager for 6 years.

Joanne has managed services in a number of sectors, including domiciliary care, extra care, residential, supported and assisted living. She has also worked alongside a Clinical Team to oversee the care delivery of clinically complex spinal adults, children and young people, in various settings, throughout her career.

Sarah Leary

Service Development Manager – North Region

Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, Sarah have been involved in Complex Care since 2006 and, during this time, has managed multiple clients who have sustained a spinal injury.

Her ethos has always been around delivering person-centred and outcome-based care, taking a 360 approach to an individual’s care at home, considering not only the client but their immediate and wider family. Sarah has worked with multiple professional funders such as Case Managers, Lawyers/solicitors, CCG’s and private funders, making her an exceptionally experienced and competent member of Spinal Injury Support.

Lisa Porter

Service Development Manager – South Region

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Sarah McHugh
Operations Director

Sarah has worked within the Health & Social Care sector for over 18 years, the vast majority of which has been spent providing clinical and support services to help individuals living with a spinal injury and complex care needs live independently in their own homes.

“I love the huge satisfaction (and overcoming the challenges!) that delivering great care provides. Our clients are the most important consideration, and meeting their differing needs and requirements means that there is never a dull, nor repetitive day in health care. I consider it a privilege to support people and to facilitate their choices, however small, enabling them to live the life that they want to live.”

Sarah considers herself very fortunate to have always worked with a great team of people, whose primary objective is to ensure individuals remain safe and supported. Watching people progress in their rehabilitation through the right support and enabling an individual to participate in an activity which they never thought possible are two of the main reasons why Sarah continues to work within the sector.

Gillian has been working within the care sector for the past 35 years and has gained a wealth of experience supporting people with a range of Complex Care needs, including those living with an Acquired Brain Injury. She has worked within hospital and residential homecare settings, as well as rehabilitation facilities, assisting people to live independently within their community.

Additionally, Gillian has gained her Level 4 qualification in Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) and during her career she has worked in supported accommodation settings to assist those who are living with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and/or Autism.

Beginning her career as a Support Worker, Gillian has a deep knowledge of how the care sector operates and has used this understanding to rise to her current position as Operations Manager, making her an invaluable asset to our team.

“I knew very early on that supporting others was my calling and I have huge respect for everyone who works to ensure their clients are kept safe and independent within their own homes. I am proud to be a part of this team and ensure we continue to deliver the very best person-centred care across England.”

Gillian Monaghan
Operations Manager North

Kate started her nursing career in NHS hospitals, working in many different wards and departments. As her experience grew, Kate realised she wanted to do more for her patients but wasn’t exactly sure what that meant. It was whilst working on a medical high dependency unit when Kate was first introduced to complex care and fell in love with nursing again. She was fascinated with how one condition affected another and it was that wider thinking that really drew her into wanting to work specifically within the complex sector.

“An individual with complex health issues needs to be cared for with a personalised, tailored way of looking at things and I feel that we’ve really got that right. I am thoroughly enjoying being part of a team that not only manages someone’s complex needs, but actually looks at ways to improve that person’s quality of life rather than simply sustain their current way of living. The wider clinical team have been so supportive and are willing to go above and beyond for their clients, which I hugely respect. I am very proud to be Deputy Nurse Manager and work with such a great team.”

Kate Covelluzzi
Deputy Nurse Manager

Rebecca began her career as a neonatal intensive care nurse, before spending a number of years supporting complex care packages in crisis in the community. During this time, Rebecca supported a little boy with complex needs and after seeing several care providers come and go as they could not support the package, Rebecca decided she wanted to try and make a bigger impact when supporting families and providing them with the care they require. Since then, Rebecca has worked her way through different roles, from complex care management to becoming a complex nurse specialist, and this has led Rebecca to her most recent role as Clinical Nurse Manager.

“When it comes to the care we provide, I am dedicated to meeting the individual needs of all those who we support and strive to deliver the quality of care I know I would be happy for my own family to receive, should they ever need it.”

Rebecca Hurst
Clinical Nurse Manager
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