Care Quality Matters Editorial Team

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Kim Grove
Editor-in-Chief, Care Consultant

Kim Grove has worked in the health and social care field for more than 33 years. Firstly, as a nurse and district nurse, working mainly with older people, then as a Quality Assurance Coordinator for an NHS Community Trust developing and running workshops and seminars for clinical staff in all aspects of quality assurance.

Recently, Kim has been working for a domiciliary care membership association writing training materials and delivering workshop sessions on topics such as medication administration, end of life care and infection prevention and control.

During this time, she worked with other organisations to produce resource materials. This included the Department of Health and Welsh Government to develop training materials promoting dignity in care for care homes and domiciliary care organisations, and Skills for Care, writing their Lone Workers Safety Guide on their behalf and assisting with the development of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for end of life care and infection prevention and control.

She now provides training and writes resources on a freelance basis, having over 20 years’ experience as a trainer.

Kim also has her own garden design business, which specialises in designing safe and suitable gardens for people with dementia and promoting the benefits of their use, through journal articles and presentations at conferences. She has a Royal Horticultural Society gold medal for a sensory garden she exhibited at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in 2011.



Ian Stott
Editor, RN, Cert Mgmnt (Open), MInstLM.

Ian Stott has worked in health and social care for 27 years. Having worked as a carer in care homes for older people throughout his nurse training, Ian qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1990. He initially worked on an innovative Nursing Development Unit within the NHS before returning to the care home sector in 1994. During this time, Ian has been Registered Manager of five different care homes including roles with small independent operators, corporate groups and not-for-profit providers. Recently, Ian has been appointed as a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Ian was a contributor to the Caring with Confidence training package developed and published by the North West Dementia Centre at Manchester University and is a regular contributor to and editorial board member of Nursing and Residential Care Journal.

Ian is also active on social media, managing a number of care-related Facebook and Twitter accounts and tweets regularly about care-related issues in a personal capacity.

Outside of social care, Ian is actively involved in competitive road running and athletics, competing at distances from 800m to 10K. A former Wiltshire masters cross country champion and county standard athlete, he continues to train and race regularly across the south of England.



Tim Dallinger
Editorial Adviser, PGCE, BEng (Hons), RMA, BWS, MInstLM.

After completing a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Glamorgan, Tim worked in both the public and private sector in research, project management and business support and development roles. For the last 20 years, Tim has been actively involved in the health and social care sector and, in particular, in owning and managing The Crescent Care Group.

Tim has been a Registered Manager and has undergone extensive training commensurate with his current role. His management style is to lead by example and in order to reinforce this, Tim works as a Social Care Worker alongside team members on a regular basis. He believes that an organisation has a role to play in developing all staff to achieve their full potential and all team members are supported and encouraged in this.

He combines his role with The Crescent Care Group with the delivery of a training and consultancy service in health and social care, formed in 2008. Tim designs, develops and delivers a wide range of courses across the UK from the perspective of the care practitioner. In 2009, he designed and delivered an ILM accredited Level 5 course called Excellence in Care Management.

Tim also acts as a Role Model for young people via the Welsh Assembly Dynamo Project. This project aims to make students in schools and college aware that self employment and entrepreneurship are an option for their future. To date, Tim has delivered more than 70 presentations to over 1,100 students. He also works with Careers Wales and Education Business Partnership to deliver presentations to students on study days.


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