about us


The company was formed in Leighton Buzzard in January 2010 and gained CQC accreditation in June 2010. Since then the company has grown organically in and around Leighton Buzzard and, in February 2016, we bought another home care provider which is now called 1st Homecare (Oxford) Ltd as systems and processes were standardised across the group.

Our Carers

Our carers are not ‘just carers’. They are often the only people our clients see all day. As one client said ‘They always arrive with a smile on their faces and bring life to what otherwise are often long and empty days’.

Our carers are often the first people to notice that a client’s mood has changed, or that he or she is no longer is in his/her normal state of health. In fact they are very often the first to suggest that a doctor or a nurse should be called just in case the change is something serious.

All these attributes are what makes the difference between a good carer and an average carer and we genuinely believe we have a high proportion of good carers at 1st Homecare. They are the ones that ring the office to remind us that a prescription should be picked up from the chemist or that the wife of a client has asked for more milk in her husband’s tea. Maybe a small detail for some but we will do our best to oblige.

We have a rigorous set of procedures which allow us to find out who are the good carers – before they are employed we obtain references and a DBS check, we interview them and then we put them on a 5 day course at our in-house Training Centre, and then they shadow our more experienced carers. Only after this are they allowed to visit clients on their own.

The process doesn’t stop there- we then have a spot check system whereby they will be observed by one of our Senior carers while they are at a client’s premises and a written report will be placed on file and acted on where appropriate. On top of this we have a refresher course training programme and also a supervision and appraisal system.

By way of emphasising the importance of training we pay our carers to attend courses – something which many of our competitors choose not to do. We believe that better training means better carers, which means better care and more clients – a virtuous circle.

Summed up by one of carers, when interviewed by our Regulator, The Care Quality Commission; ‘I love my job’.

1st Homecare Leighton Buzzard

1st Homecare Solutions Ltd Recommended on homecare.co.uk A member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association
 

1st Homecare Oxford

1st Homecare Solutions Ltd Recommended on homecare.co.uk A member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association
 
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the team
John Rennison – CEO
John has been the owner and CEO since 2012. He has set up the two offices in Leighton Buzzard and Oxford and is passionate about the delivery of a first class service with the best trained carers. ... Read more
 
Annabella Rennison – Training and Compliance Director
Annabella qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has worked in London as an employment lawyer at an international law firm and in London and Moscow as an in-house lawyer with a major oil company. Her current responsibilities include Training, Compliance and HR.
 
Chantelle McCabe – Registered Manager, Leighton Buzzard
  Chantelle joined us in early 2017 as a senior carer and quickly proved herself to be more than capable of being a great Branch Manager. She is studying for her Level 5 and balances her time between work and her home life with her three teenage kids.
 
Mandy Rawlings – Branch Manager, Oxford
Mandy has worked within the Healthcare Sector for over 9 years, 7 of these within the NHS. Her experience ranges from Trauma, District Nursing, Phlebotomy, Reablement and End of Life care.  ... Read more
 
Teresa Shanahan – Assistant Manager, Oxford
Teresa has worked in many varieties of care settings including domiciliary care and prison care. She brings a wealth of experience and a great sense of humour.
 
Emma Gunning – Finance Manager
Emma has worked for 1st Homecare since it was set up in 2010.  She has worked both as a carer and also as our care co-ordinator.  She is now Finance Manager covering both offices, with responsibility for bookkeeping and payroll.
 
Belinda Boskett- Office Administrator, Leighton Buzzard
Belinda joined us in 2015 to help with the office administration.  Her work covers the recruitment process, the paperwork (online or in paper format) for the care visits that we make, updating training records, administration relating to care records, and other administrative duties.
 

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Here's how to get in touch with us:
Oxford - 01865 744174
Email info.ox@1st-homecare.com

Leighton Buzzard - 01525 376677
Email info@1st-homecare.com