At just 23 years old, Chloe Gregory has passed her ‘Fit Person Interview’ with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Chloe Gregory, making her the youngest care manager!
The ‘Fit Person Interview’ is an assessment by the Care Quality Commission in England to check that a person knows all about CQC compliance and legislation and therefore is fit to be a manager.
Chloe’s very first experience of working within the care sector was supporting her cousin at the age of 16. Her cousin has learning disabilities and Chloe was his personal assistant.
She commented “People have a lot of misconceptions about what working in care is like but it’s such a fulfilling career to know that I’m helping someone to live their best life.”
Her journey with Voyage Care began at the age of 17 as a support worker. Her decision to join the company was influenced by her friend who was working for us. Chloe was looking for a job that was going to offer her long-term opportunities, security and career development. Once she researched Voyage Care and saw the excellent training we offered, she clicked apply! And the rest, as they say, was history.
Training and career progression
Chloe had experience working in care but no qualifications. So, when she started her role with us, her manager recognised she was ambitious and worked with her to provide the training and support that she needed to begin her career in care.
Doing a full-time job and studying a qualification can be challenging. Chloe was supported by her management team and mentors who encouraged her to keep going. Fast forward to today and Chloe is reaping the rewards at Burton Road Care Home as the youngest registered care manager.
Tonia Marston, Chloe’s Operations Manager, commented “We’ve looked, and it appears that Chloe is the youngest Registered Care Manager in the country, and definitely in Voyage Care. This is largely down to her focus and the time and effort she has invested to really understand how to provide the highest standards of quality care.
“At Voyage Care, we encourage people to challenge themselves and be the best that they can. Chloe is a shining example of what you achieve with commitment and hard work.”
We asked Chloe a few questions about working in adult social care.
Q: What is it like to work in social care?
“For me, working in social care is so heart-warming. You’re able to give someone’s life so much more meaning and a much better quality of life and knowing there are so many things you can help them improve on.”
Q: What is your proudest moment?
“One of our guys used to demonstrate challenging behaviour, whereas now he doesn’t as much. We have got him in such a good routine. He goes to college multiple times a week. Seeing him progress with his education and his behaviours reducing from three or four time a day to once or twice a week, that is what I’m proud of. It’s so hart warming to know that we supported him to do that.”
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is considering a career in care?
“Just give it a go! Take the chance. Even if you have no background in care. Voyage Care do so much to support people and give them everything that they would need to succeed in the role.”
Could a career in care be your next move?
Working in adult social is one of the most rewarding jobs where every day you can improve the quality of life of vulnerable people. A career in care doesn’t always start with experience, it starts with the right mindset and passion to care for others to make a difference.
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