Janet Hawthorn – Director of Care, Triangle Community Services

I began my career in Health and Social Care in 1985, as a care and support worker with TLC Care Services in the City and Hackney area of London, where I was born. I worked my way up through to care co-ordinator, Team Leader and then Director of Care of TLC. During this period I oversaw the growth and management of TLC in Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham and Thurrock. I also developed the scope of our services to include contracts with the health authority in City and Hackney, specialising in End of Life care and long term conditions.

I was an NVQ assessor and really enjoyed the training and HR element of my role in addition to developing our care delivery. I have more recently managed the Stroke Team, raising the profile of and supporting people and carers affected by stroke.

In 2014 TLC began its merger with Friends of the Elderly and was rebranded as Triangle Community Services. I am really pleased to now be overseeing all of the regulated Home Care services as Director of Care for Triangle.

I am and have always been inspired and motivated by positivity and a can do approach. My career has given me the privilege of getting to know people who have or who are coming to terms with overwhelming challenges and I absolutely thrive on supporting and seeing them overcome or come to terms with them. Even knowing that I’ve helped someone to have the end of life care that they’ve wanted inspires me.

When I am 80 I want to still be active, do some volunteering and be enjoying plenty of time with my family, including my two sons (their children too, one day!) and a staffie dog or two.

If I could give my younger self a piece of advice it would be to have some more self belief….plus to never be afraid of asking a stupid question. I’m sure I’ve asked plenty, but in my experience I won’t be the only one wanting the answer! I’d also tell myself to be more confident about pushing back, politely but firmly, at authority where I believed I needed to.