Shropshire Council

About our trainers

Christine Scott, Joint Training Manager

Picture of Christine ScottOn leaving school I was employed as a Student Nursery Nurse by Staffordshire County Council where I achieved the National Nursery Examination Board NNEB Certificate.  At the great age of 18 I left home and went to live and work as a nanny in Athens. On returning to England I became a Residential Child Care Officer with Staffordshire County Council in a children’s home, then in a private sector residential school for challenging students where I completed the “In Service Certificate”.

I joined Shropshire Council as a Social Work Assistant back in the dark ages (1981) which weren’t dark at all.  I held a busy generic case load, set up and ran a day centre for older people, an after school and holiday club and a play group for under 5s. I was the social work link for the Community Hospitals, a large GP Practice and a Family Advice Centre. I qualified as a Social Worker in 1992 specialising in adult services, community care and training & development.  This led me to my role in training and development, initially employed to implement the Community Care Act.  I gained the City & Guilds Level 4 in Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate.  I am now the Joint Training Manager leading on the delivery of our comprehensive training programme together with our partners. Our aim is to make learning accessible to all health and care workers in Shropshire to improve the experience of care and health support for the citizens of Shropshire.  Here I remain!

I was born in Market Drayton, moved to Babbinswood near Oswestry then to Stoke on Trent before making my home back in Shropshire.  I’m married with two lovely sons with equally lovely daughter in laws and five fab grandchildren…!  I like to swim, walk, garden, holiday and escape to the coast whenever possible.

Vicky Dudley

Picture of Vicky DudleyAfter working for 14 years in Community Substance Misuse Team within Shropshire, latterly as the team manager, I joined Joint Training in 2016. I qualified as a social workers in 2003 working within the Child Protection service. I later found my passion working within the Substance Misuse Team, I loved working with people and trying to enable them to work towards a life without substances. 

This role provides me with an opportunity to share my experience and knowledge with other people.  I enjoy meeting new people who are wanting to know more about the world of substance misuse and hope that people go away feeling inspired to make a difference for others.

I hold a Diploma in social work (DIPSW), a BA (Hons) in social studies and a Diploma in addiction studies together with numerous certificates over which have helped me develop my own learning and knowledge.

In my personal life I have four children that keep me pretty busy!  As a family we also run a boarding kennels for dogs which is one of my personal passions! Beyond this I find I don’t not have a great deal of spare time!!

Elizabeth Evans

Picture of Elizabeth EvansI started working with Joint training in 2010 and love meeting new learners every week. I enjoy helping others to see their own potential and supporting individuals to improve confidence in their own practice. It is inherent to me to support individuals whose chosen careers is within the health and social care sector.

I am a qualified Speech and Language therapist. I have enjoyed working with adults on a stroke ward, transgender adult and adults with learning disabilities. I have also worked with children in specialist schools, with hearing impairment and delayed language. I specialise in delivering Dementia Awareness, Stroke Aware, Care Certificate and Management training.

Outside of work, my beautiful son keeps me busy and I love interior design. I hope to continue within Joint Training as long as the learners keep welcoming a Black Country girl into Shropshire!

James Hudson –
Learning Disability lead and MAPA® trainer

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I joined the Joint training team in 2015 as a MAPA® (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression) trainer. In 2018 I was delighted to become Learning Disability lead where I am able to share my experience, knowledge and skills.

I have extensive experience working within Learning Disability services starting as a Support Worker, Special Educational Needs teacher and finally Registered Care Manager. I am passionate about how best to support people with learning disabilities in a way which improves quality of life and achieves high quality outcomes.  I enjoyed every minute of supporting amazing individuals and loved the ever changing nature of the role.

I hold the following qualifications relevant to my role, L5 Diploma in Leadership in Health & Social Care, City & Guilds Certificate in Training and Education, Qualified Teacher Status and MAPA® Advanced Physical Skills Instructor.

Outside work, I love all things sporty particularly running, cricket, Derby County FC and getting out in the countryside and walking. Fortunately this offsets my other passion for food and drink particularly cheese, lasagne, crisps and real ale. Finally I have a big passion for travel and have been fortunate enough to visit some wonderful countries and meet some incredible people.

Mary Johnson

Image of Mary JohnsonI started working with Joint Training Team in 2004. My specialism within the team is the delivery of Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Autism training.

My working background is within the learning Disability sector in various roles, latterly as Registered Manager of day and residential services for adults with learning disabilities and autism.

I enjoy my job, developing, delivering and supporting learning for all sectors of Social Care and Health provision, individuals who receive services, carers and parents. I believe in empowering people by sharing knowledge in a supportive way that creates reflective practice building on and changing the future of individuals.

I have been involved with many training opportunities and development projects within services on a local basis and nationally. These directly involve the people who use our services, supporting their voices to be heard in meaningful ways. My true passion is that we see everyone as individual with their own strengths and unique abilities. I work closely with experts by experience regularly; “I feel it is important to keep in touch with what really matters to people”.

In hold the following qualifications Diploma in Health & Social Welfare (Open University), Registered Managers Award (Adults) Level 4, Managing the risk of challenging behaviour Level 4 QCF, Certificate of Teaching in Life Long Learning Sector Level 4 QCF

Outside of work I love living in Shropshire and spending time with family and friends. Walking in the countryside gives me relaxation time. I have two rescue greyhounds which are important to my family and definitely spur us to get out and about!

Claire Leenhouwers

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I joined the Joint Training team in 2018, delivering courses on Adult Mental Health issues.  My interest in mental health came from lived experience as a relative of someone who has schizophrenia.  This experience really challenged my perceptions of mental illness and inspired me to want to make a difference, and raise awareness, particularly about psychosis.  Having already completed a degree specialising in Russian and Eastern European history, I made the life changing decision to become a Mental Health Nurse, training back in London, where I was born.

My experience is varied, and includes working on acute inpatient wards in both London and Shropshire as well as working in a Community Mental Health Team.  My real passion however is in working with people who experience psychosis and I had the pleasure of working for specialist Early Intervention in Psychosis teams in both London and Wolverhampton.  Prior to moving to Joint Training I was employed as the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead at the University of Wolverhampton which was an eye opening experience of the unique challenges that students face, in the world of Higher Education and beyond. 

I would never have moved to Shropshire in 2014 were it not for my husband who was the catalyst for me to abandon city life.  I am very glad that I did however, and am now very settled in Shropshire.  I love spending time with my friends, family and my little cat Lilly.  You’ll find me playing piano, writing songs and doing anything music related, which is one of my biggest passions.  I’m also a massive film lover and am partial to a bit of binge watching of TV shows.  I’m excited to make a difference by raising awareness of mental health issues and to meet you, the learner!

Jade Matravers

Picture of Jade MatraversI started working as a MAPA® trainer with Joint Training in 2010. My role has since developed and I now lead the accredited learning programmes, working jointly with Severn Hospice to provide accredited end of life qualifications.

I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2008. I have continued my professional development with qualifications and attending courses in preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector, developing trainer skills, stroke, acquired brain injury, dementia and end of life. I also deliver courses developed by Parkinson’s UK, Stroke Association, Crisis Prevention Institute, University Hospital of South Manchester and Mental Health First Aid England.

I am a dementia friends champion for the Alzheimer’s Society. I have a passion for working with those who support older people who experience dementia.

I am a Queens Nurse and committed to improving education and care in the community. I enjoy working with others members of the team and working with learners from across the health and social care in Shropshire. I am passionate about training and development and working with learners to achieve the best outcomes for them and the people they support.

Outside of work I like to spend time outside and by the seaside when I can. I like reading and arts and crafts. I love spending time with my family and my dog Gary.

Ann-Marie Ritson

Picture of Ann-Marie RitsonI started my career with Shropshire Council in 2000 in the Human Resource Department, 15 years later in 2015 moved across and joined the Joint Training team specialising in delivering Management Training and Care Certificate.

I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people, helping individuals to improve and enhance their current skills and make positive changes to their service delivery. I enjoy working as a team developing and delivering new training programmes. As a trainer it is so worthwhile when you receive such positive feedback from attendees about how the training has helped them sometimes on a personal as well as a professional level. I really enjoy the variety of this role, no two days are ever the same.

I have numerous qualifications in HR and Management, including CIPD: Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Training and Development Level 3 and level 5 in Leadership & Management.

I have far less hobbies now I have a family but I still manage to get outdoors as much as possible and my children enjoy it too, especially picking winberries and making winberry pies when they are in season at the Stiperstones.

Lauren Short - MAPA® trainer

Picture of Lauren ShortAt the age of 16 I did a placement with college supporting adults with learning disabilities and realised it was something I really enjoyed and wanted to pursue. I went on to work for the NHS in an adult learning disability assessment and treatment service. I also worked within community based learning disability challenging behaviour team, before becoming a MAPA® trainer with Joint Training in 2011 and later the MAPA® Lead.

The best part about my job is facilitating staff to recognise that the people they work with are very similar to themselves. Displaying” violence and aggression” is something we can all do. Hopefully staff leave the training session feeling more confident to support people in the right way- focusing on how they can improve the quality of life of the people they work with, ensuring they work in proactive ways and always thinking about using a least restrictive approach.

I hold the following qualifications relevant to my role MAPA Master Level physical skills instructor, Edexcel L3 Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector, L4 Award in the instruction of managing the risk of aggressive and challenging behaviour in the work place, BTEC L4 Positive Behaviour Support.

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and walking. My dream ambition is to own a sweet shop.

Business Support Officers

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Sue Iley, Nicola Jessop, Heather Rowe and Mel Basford (left to right)

The longest serving member of the support team started in 2004 and the latest in 2015. As a team we work with the Learning Development Officers to schedule, co-ordinate, administrate and market our training programme. We are contactable by telephone or email to offer advice and support to our customers. We each have a specific responsibility for certain course categories.