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“When you visit The Marbrook Centre, don’t ask us what we do;
ask us why we do it? Then you will hear why we are different”

Robert Myers – Head of care Pathways

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Lesa McAnulty neurological and dementia care

Lesa McAnulty

Chief Operating Officer

Lesa McAnulty neurological and dementia care

Lesa McAnulty

Chief Operating Officer

I love my job! In a nutshell, I am here to look after everyone and to ensure Team Marbrook has the best tools to do their jobs. So, what are these tools? Well, in the toolbox is good training and support, a nice environment, the best equipment, clear leadership and the remaining space in the toolbox is filled with care and compassion.

I’m a nurse by training, albeit a moderately old one, having qualified in 1985! Since I qualified I have followed the management, rather than the clinical path. I also spent 5 years as a care home inspector in the 90s where I saw the good, the bad and the ugliest of care services!

So, back to why I love my job. I see people every day who have experienced life changing injuries and health challenges. They and their families are truly extraordinary people; their strength, optimism and motivation to be the best they possibly can be, is an amazing thing to share in. This is a constant reminder to me to make every day count, value what I have and not to complain or worry about things I don’t! The icing on the cake is to witness Team Marbrook supporting people on these difficult and challenging journeys with such care and compassion. I am one happy bunny.

Likes:
Being a vegetarian, supporting my beloved Spurs, sipping a good red wine, being a mum to a wonderful teenage lad and all things animal and nature. I am compelled to move snails and slugs off of paths so they don’t get squashed and chase an upset wasp around the house to release it humanely in the garden. To this end, I have also have Flo the cat and 2 fantastic rescue dogs. I would have many more rescue pets but the husband would leave!

Dislikes:
Dining with people who are eating offal, the gap between the train and the platform, people who ask me why I don’t eat meat and do I think vegetables feel pain? Arsenal Football Club, bullies and racists.
Robert Myers neurological and dementia care

Robert Myers

Head of Care Pathways

Robert Myers neurological and dementia care

Robert Myers

Head of Care Pathways

I have lots of experience of building new services and care partnerships in the NHS, Charity and Private sectors. My role is to enable all those who could benefit from our rehabilitation skills, a clear care pathway to us.

Likes:
Laughter, thank yous and anything with wheels and an engine
Dislikes:
Bullying, bad driving and cucumber

Stephen Kirker MD FRCP FRCPI

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

Stephen Kirker MD FRCP FRCPI

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

I bring twenty years of experience providing medical input to rehabilitation Multi-Disciplinary Teams, treating people with neurological disabilities and limb loss.

Likes:
Photography, gardening, hearing my children laugh
Dislikes:
Liver and Kidneys, either on a menu or on a ward

Helen Walters

General Manager

Helen Walters

General Manager

I qualified as an Registered Mental Health Nurse some years ago, I have worked in several different environments as both a nurse and as manager. I enjoy being a part of a team and I wholeheartedly believe in providing individuals with opportunities and support to reach their maximum potential. I am passionate and committed to ensuring all in our care have a voice and where possible have the opportunity to make choices for themselves.

Likes:
Dogs, socialising and good manners
Dislikes:
Bad manners, Bullies, Tea and Cruelty

David Whitten

Therapy Lead

David Whitten

Therapy Lead

Being able to play a role in improving someone’s quality of life is why I love my job.

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 and since then have worked in a variety of settings including large teaching hospital and a specialist rehabilitation center.

I enjoy building relationships with individuals and their families and really getting to know the person, what is important to them and what it is that they want from their rehab here at Marbrook.

My role as the Therapy Lead is to support staff, individuals and their families to ensure the provision of high quality person centered rehabilitation.

Likes:
Sport, Movies and Mediterranean food
Dislikes:
Inefficiency, ignorance and people who talk in the cinema!!

Rose Ware

Senior Occupational Therapist

Rose Ware

Senior Occupational Therapist

I am the Senior Occupational Therapist here at Marbrook. I am passionate about patient care and experience and try to ensure the best for patients at all times. I have experience in several different areas but thoroughly enjoy rehabilitation and how this can help a person regain independence and functional skills. I love working with lots of different people from all walks of life and learning about them and what makes them tick. I am a dementia friend and enjoy a challenge, I like to help people develop and thrive.

Likes:
Food, Films, Music & making things
Dislikes:
Salad, Wasting the day, Poor manners & Rain

Judith Jackson

Neurological Service Manager

Judith Jackson

Neurological Service Manager

I have worked in healthcare for many years, a career which started with my nurse training straight from leaving school. Gaining experience from both acute surgical and medical wards I then focused my career in operating theatres followed by a short time in A&E.  I left the NHS to then deliver key patient care pathways for commercial organisations in partnership with the NHS clinicians and commissioners. Wherever I worked my aim has always been to provide the best possible outcomes for patients and their families, reminding myself that I am their advocate at all times. Working now with the Marbrook team is an exciting opportunity to harness our collective knowledge and experience, to enable our residents to achieve their individual goals.

Likes:
Lots of laughter, spending time with my family and travelling
Dislikes:
Onions and people who are rude

Dr Miranda Gaylor

Consultant Psychologist

Dr Miranda Gaylor

Consultant Psychologist

I have worked as a psychologist for over twenty years in various specialities (Autism, personality disorders, mental health and brain injury) and different settings (hospitals, prisons, communities, police). More recently, I returned from working in the Middle East, after establishing and leading a rehabilitative service for children and adolescents, which was a truly fascinating and positive experience for me and my family.

My role as Consultant psychologist at Marbrook is to provide psychological support to individuals and their families throughout their rehabilitative journey, to conduct cognitive assessments to provide us with a profile of people’s cognitive functioning, to provide person centred care according to an individual’s psychological needs and to support staff training to enable them to implement care plans effectively.

Likes:
Cats, travelling, laughter, hot weather
Dislikes:
People who lack integrity, cold weather
Lisa Grover dementia care

Lisa Grover

Dementia Service Manager

Lisa Grover dementia care

Lisa Grover

Dementia Service Manager

I have many years’ experience of Managing Residential and Domiciliary Support Services – working with families and their loved ones in sometimes difficult and emotionally charged circumstances.

Likes:
Positivity, smiles and white wine
Dislikes:
Dishonesty, liver and bacon, carrot circles

Ed Riches

Support Services Manager

Ed Riches

Support Services Manager

Having worked in the hospitality industry for 22 years in various locations in the UK, I joined the Marbrook team to bring a non-clinical perspective to delivering great service for residents. My principle role is to oversee Marbrook’s non-clinical operation and ensuring that the support team are providing the best possible quality of service adapted for each resident to cater for their specific needs. I work closely with the residents and their families so we can understand what we can do to ensure the time spent with us will be as enjoyable as possible.

Likes:
Sport, being busy and honesty
Dislikes:
Mess, lazy people and courgettes
Ollie Smith neurological and dementia care

Ollie Smith

IT and Communications Manager

Ollie Smith neurological and dementia care

Ollie Smith

IT and Communications Manager

I am the IT Engineer at the Marbrook Centre, I have many qualifications and experiences within IT making me a Microsoft Certified Professional.

My job is to ensure everyone staying at the Marbrook Centre has excellent internet access and support, whilst at the same time fixing what my colleagues break!

Likes:
Fast cars, sport and helping people
Dislikes:
Sunday drivers, rain and discrimination

Sarah Harbour

HR Manager

Sarah Harbour

HR Manager

As HR Manager for Marbrook my role is to ensure that working for us is as fair, contented and productive as possible, which in turn enables our residents to receive the highest standards of care and compassion. I have worked in many different sectors, and my priority is to deliver an HR function that really supports our people to make a difference to our residents lives.

Likes:
Going to gigs, animals, hot baths, politics, laughing till I cry, beautiful views and sunny weather
Dislikes:
Too much milk in tea, cold callers, out of touch MPs and social media pressure on young people

David Challis

Head of Finance & IT

David Challis

Head of Finance & IT

I am a Chartered Management Accountant with 16 years’ experience working in a variety of business sectors, with the last 7 years specialising in Healthcare.

My role is to deliver the IT infrastructure, financial reporting and business intelligence, to ensure that the Care team are best supported to provide the highest levels of rehabilitation and care in a safe and pleasant environment.

Likes:
Tennis, golf, books and numbers!
Dislikes:
Tomatoes, untidiness and inequality

Brabham

Qualified PAT Dog (Pets As Therapy)

Brabham

Qualified PAT Dog (Pets As Therapy)

As Marbrook’s PAT Dog, my role here is to spend time with patients, residents, their family and friends and staff, offering unconditional affection. There is nothing I like better than being patted, stroked and hugged by all who wish to meet me. The special moments for me are when I bring back happy memories of past pets, or a smile to the face of someone who finds communication difficult. I have an interesting pedigree being half Saluki and half Standard Poodle, which makes me a Salukidoodle!

Likes:          People, other animals, walks and sleeping in till lunchtime

Dislikes:     Fireworks and the neighbours ‘bond villain’ white cat which teases me

Helen Johnson

Speech & Language Specialist

Helen Johnson

Speech & Language Specialist

I qualified in 2010 and have been working in specialist neuro-rehabilitation centres for adults and children since 2012. My role at Marbrook is to provide assessment and therapy for patients with eating and drinking difficulties and for patients with a wide range of communication difficulties as a result of their acquired brain injury. I enjoy working with patients to help them achieve their own goals, using their interests to make therapy more motivating and interesting. I have a particular interest in higher level cognitive communication difficulties, aphasia and research.

Likes:
Holidays, dark chocolate and walking

Dislikes:
Seafood, frizzy rain hair and cheese.

Carla Westley

Therapy Assistant

Carla Westley

Therapy Assistant

I have worked in care for 20 + years now and have worked in therapy for 9 of those years. There is nothing more satisfying than helping others achieve their goals and as a therapy assistant I am fortunate to work across all disciplines which means my day is very varied and no two days are ever the same. I am passionate for high levels of patient care which is why I came to work here at the Marbrook centre so I can continue to deliver those high standards in line with Marbrook standards.

Likes: Spending time with my family and pets, walking by the river and listening to music
Dislikes: Spiders! (All shapes and sizes)! Rudeness

Alison Abington

Therapy Assistant

Alison Abington

Therapy Assistant

I’m a writer, researcher and solution-focused practitioner by background, having spent the first part of my career working with senior managers and leaders in a range of organisational settings.
Seeking a change in direction, I joined the NHS as a Rehabilitation Assistant in an intermediate care bed-based unit before taking up my current role at The Marbrook Centre. I continue to use solution-focused techniques in my work and to draw on my coaching experience to inspire and support our patients.

Likes: Choral singing, crispy Peking duck pancakes, the Isle of Islay
Dislikes: Nuts, heights, arrogance

Aileen Warnes

Deputy Manager

Aileen Warnes

Deputy Manager

I have been a qualified nurse for over 20years. I love supporting individuals to achieve their full potential in life. I am at my happiest knowing that residents are safe and experiencing good quality care. I enjoy working as part of a team and ensuring that systems and processes are in place to allow our residents to flourish.
Likes – music, travelling, good food, supporting people
Dislikes – Uncaring people, rudeness and animal cruelty.

Rachel Baker

Occupational Therapist

Rachel Baker

Occupational Therapist

After qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2012 I spent some time in South-East Asia volunteering at local rehabilitation centres. Upon returning to the UK I started working at The Lister hospital in Stevenage where I gained experience across a variety of acute fields such as surgical, orthopaedics and stroke; it was here that I discovered by passion for neurological rehabilitation. I pursued this further and accepted a role working for the Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team. This involved working in the community, providing therapy for individuals at home for up to 6 weeks post-stroke. I also assisted in the set-up of a new inpatient stroke rehabilitation service at Herts and Essex community hospital.

I enjoy the challenge and diversity that neuro-rehab offers and I am passionate about achieving the very best for all my patients.

Likes: Food, Travelling, Film, Shopping
Dislikes: Rain, Bowling, Rollercoasters

Danielle Nobre

Occupational Therapist

Danielle Nobre

Occupational Therapist

I qualified in November 2010 and since then I have worked in neurology and adult medicine. I have gained experience and training in both England and South Africa in a variety of acute inpatient, rehabilitative and outpatient environments. Neuro rehabilitation is my first and longest lasting love. It is an opportunity to move a person forward towards their maximum potential for quality of life. It is challenging because it can involve complex sensory, cognitive and motor difficulties. This is what makes it equally rewarding. My approach is one of empathy and teamwork with the person, family and other professionals to produce meaningful outcomes.

Likes: Travelling, cooking, sunshine, my chocolate Labrador ‘Theos’, meditation, crisps, proactive people, good conversations and new challenges.
Dislikes: Mushrooms, bland food and people who aren’t mindful.

Eimear Conroy

Physiotherapist

Eimear Conroy

Physiotherapist

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 and prior to starting at The Marbrook Centre in 2017 was working in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. This has given me the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience in the acute setting such as Neuro-Intensive Care, acute neurological and neuro-surgical rehabilitation, stroke and sub-acute neurological rehabilitation, community rehabilitation among many other rotations. My passion is neuro-rehab because I enjoy the challenge, complexity and diversity of the people I get to help every day. I am excited to use the knowledge I have gained to ensure the best for my patients at all times.

FAQ about my name: It sounds like “femur”, just drop the f. It’s a relatively common Irish name.

Likes: Prosecco, long warm summer days, diving, dogs

Dislikes: cold/wet and short winter days, when people put milk in the cup of tea before taking out the tea bag!!

Steffi Ball

Senior Physio

Steffi Ball

Senior Physio

After graduating from Brunel University as a Physiotherapist in 2010, I worked in the NHS at Addenbrookes Hospital for two years completing core rotations including musculoskeletal and neurology. In 2012 I moved into the world of paediatrics where I worked for the 4 years supporting children with a wide range of neurological long term conditions, musculoskeletal injuries and developmental delay. I have worked for the past two years at Prime Physio, Melbourn working with people who are recovering from having a stroke or spinal cord injury and also supporting people with long term conditions such as MS and Parkinsons.

Alongside my day job I have also been involved with various sports teams including England Touch Rugby and British Canoe Slalom. My passion is for neurology and I enjoy pushing the limits that can be achieved from the acute to the long term goals. I also like mixing this with my sports knowledge to develop holistic plans and treatment programmes.

I enjoy watching rugby and when I’m not working I can normally be found on the netball court or touch rugby field.

Likes: My gin cupboard, travelling, a good book, clean bed sheets

Dislike: Badly made tea, traffic and sitting still.

Amber Masterson

Speech and Language Therapist

Amber Masterson

Speech and Language Therapist

My role as a Speech and Language Therapist here includes assessment and management of communication and swallowing difficulties after brain injury / stroke. I think empathy and good working relationships between client, family/friends and therapist are vital when it comes to neuro-rehabilitation. I want my client’s goals to be meaningful to them on a personal level, and functional within an everyday setting. I am passionate when it comes to being an advocate for clients who have difficulties communicating.’

Likes: Music festival/concerts, olives and my border collie.
Dislikes: Bad manners, inequality and ignorance.

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