Defining the future of private Home care

Liberty Private Care was founded by husband and wife team, Andrew and Fiona Key. Together, they have more than 50 years’ nursing and care experience and have worked in the NHS, for care agencies, residential care and nursing homes, and ran a successful homecare company in north-west England.

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What makes us different?

We provide care that bridges the gap between traditional home care and nursing. We’ve proactively worked with local and national bodies to improve care standards through innovation and training. Andrew worked closely with these organisations to help create and define the ‘Six Steps End of Life Accreditation’ for community care agencies, and Liberty Private Care earned this accreditation from the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton.

Andrew also helped to develop a Night Care and Integrated Triage and Response care team, so understands all aspects of complex care, and was a finalist at the Great British Care Awards in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care'.

Liberty Private Care has always been managed by people with hands-on experience in the social and healthcare sector. Scarlett has worked for a number of high-profile healthcare players in both the NHS and private sector, and has a good working knowledge of the CQC.

One of their carers also won the national Carer of the Year award in recognition of his work and the outstanding quality of care provided.

Meet a few of the team:

Amy McCormick - Registered General Nurse

Since qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 2014 Amy has worked as a nurse in a number of settings and gained extensive experience in her roles as a Senior Nurse in two nursing homes, Triage Nurse for South West Ambulance Service and as a District Nurse in Dorset and Hampshire. She now brings that collective experience into home care as the Registered Manager of Liberty Private Care. Her focus is on delivering the best care and outcomes for all the clients and supporting those closest to them, helping to alleviate their concerns, especially when relatives either live a distance away or have busy family and professional lives.

Like Andrew, Amy also recognises and believes in the development of the skills and expertise of all the carers, encouraging and helping them achieve higher qualifications in care and engaging with various training sessions to enable the carers to bridge the gap between care and nursing, and liaise with others to positively affect the care they provide, therefore producing a consistent team of carers that want to stay with Liberty Private Care.

Occasionally during the summer and autumn, Amy can be found sea swimming in the morning – and may even catch a sunrise or two – or on a paddle board. Her two spaniels, Toby and Finn, enjoy wet and muddy walks in the New Forest and ‘help’ in Amy’s allotment, which began with six ex-battery hens that have now become 14! Amy loves being outside and having adventures in her campervan. She says: ‘I have been very fortunate in my travels and love to see new places and meet new people. My one aspiration is to visit Peru and Machu Picchu. When I do find time to read a book it is usually psychology based! I enjoy eating food and am a pretty good cook. I enjoy cooking world cuisine and love entertaining friends and family with a home-made meal.’

Carolyn Taylor - Coordinator

Carolyn started her working life at the age of 16 caring for 5–11-year-old girls at a boarding school in Blandford Forum while waiting to start her nurse training. Once qualified as a State enrolled nurse Carolyn worked nights at Sherborne Hospital due to starting her family. During this time Carolyn was supporting young children by fostering them and providing respite care for struggling families.

Once Carolyn’s two eldest sons were at school, she began working in domiciliary care for the local council but continued the respite care for children. Carolyn then had a daughter and enjoyed volunteering at a local preschool, she then was a partner in a preschool along with a friend. Carolyn worked and managed her preschool for 15 years.

After working in her preschool Carolyn relocated to the Christchurch area and has been working as a Health Care Assistant and activity office. She took the opportunity to complete an NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care and a NVQ 3 in Management.

Carolyn spends a lot of time supporting her mum however in her spare time Carolyn enjoys spending time with her granddaughters, sea swimming, yoga and bird watching.